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Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

(70cl, 47.8%)

Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask

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Balvenie 15 Sherry Barrel Bottling Note

Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger than 800 bottles from a single cask, each one being hand numbered. Although no two casks are the same, and therefore won't produce an identical single malt, the casks are carefully selected by Balvenie's Malt Master and feature a consistent, rich, spiced character, complimented by hints of elegant oak.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Dense Christmas cake with icing, full of sticky, syrupy dried fruits, cherries, finely chopped nuts and grated nutmeg. Flamed orange peel, ginger, a hint of struck match (but only very subtle in the sample we tasted), fresh orange segments and plums develop.

Palate: Big old fashioned Sherry matured character, more bread-like fruitcake, malt loaf and nutty Oloroso. Slightly bitter and rum-like, superb.

Finish: Spicy fruitcake with cocoa.

Overall: Classic Sherry matured whisky, really top stuff.

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Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask Reviews

Clear identity. Memorable. Gentle (fits better than subtle) hone-like overall character. Closest I can think of is a really fine nougat.

A wonderful scotch. Has a definite, memorable identity. Soft honey notes. Like a fine nougat, gentle citrus. Long finish. Liquorice maybe.

1st May 2020


I'm exited. I open, and wow the smell is intense. I taste and wow. So rich, sherry heavy, so fruity, nutty, christmas cake, sticky syrupy. Maybe a sticky toffe pudding. My god my taste buds have just orgasmed. Wow. 3 finger drams later....

22nd March 2020

Top stuff

First it's important to mention there are two versions of this: first-fill sherry and second (or re-fill) sherry - and you will not know until you see the color, and even whern you do you still won't be sure. I think I have a first fill as it is quite dark but I've seen ones darker than mine so who knows? Point is, flavour is great.

Nose is typical sherry, mouthfeel is nice and rich, palate is great lots of fruit with a bit of spice, and finish has a really nice peppery oakiness to it but not overdone just rounds it off well. It reminds me of a much improved Macallan 12 sherry oak and is really a very nice whisky. If you like sherried whiskys it is a no brainer, if you don't it's still well worth your time as it is not as intensely sherried as some other sherry bombs so would suit those less inclined. Very nice, and definitely benefits from the higher abv and non-chill filtration - wish Balvenie did more in this vein.

25th February 2020


When I first opened it, I did not like it very much. I just left the bottle right on my table. After one week, I gave it a try. Wow!

30th January 2020


Love the Balvenie line and received this as a gift. Delicious.

2nd September 2019


One of my favourites! Outclassed a couple of more expensive bottles with a group of Scotch lovers. Very bummed that it can't be imported at the moment. May have to move!

31st December 2018

Lovely Dram

Great stuff unless you get the refill bottle (lighter tone)

18th December 2018

Some thing is awry.

Good, but the mouthfeel is unnerving!
Maybe the quality of the barrels is not there?

16th May 2018

Fantastic sherry flavor but with a light body

For so long I did not try this because I thought it was the same as the Balvenie 15 year single barrel. I finally noticed the difference and tried a sample. On my gosh! This definitely has some wonderful sherry flavor, and a sweetness, but unlike most sherry it is very light. Very nice fragrance, great flavor, and a soft finish like a sweet kiss.

24th March 2018

Added the Cask #

Should have added that my bottle is from cask 2812..

30th September 2017


I'm a big Balvenie fan but this was a big disappointment. One dimensional, boring and bland. Pay £50 extra for the Portwood.

30th September 2017

Bang on

Absolutely stellar dram for the price. Similar to (and better than) Macallan 18, but for a fraction of the price.

26th August 2017

Great value

Love it

16th July 2017

THE Best

OMG what a delicious drink this makes! Never in my life has coke taste as good as it does with this. A better turn out than any other single malt. I cant wait to try it with the 17yo next time.

2nd May 2017

Balvenie Favorite

My absolute Balvenie favorite (within limits, I did get to try Tun1401) I have gone through about 3 of these, have 4 hidden in my office and 1 at home.

10th January 2017

Well rounded

Really good. Fair price.

31st October 2016

Oh My Goodness Oh My Goodness

If you got a Buddy that you notices that likes to buy sweet stuff while your drinking or after you done. This is the bottle you buy him. If your like me and your the Guy that loves to buy sweets during or after drinking. This is my bottle period end of story. It's the perfect match for people like that, and I'm one of them. The first day I almost knocked back just below the shoulders on this bottle. I had to go buy something else to keep myself from knocking more back. Sweet Tooth Drinkers GoD sEnD is what Im going to start calling it :)

29th July 2016


People are crazy. Look at the Tatsing notes 'too sweet' it's a single sherry cask.
Fantastic whisky, really really enjoyable, proper sherry bomb!

13th May 2016

Too sweet

Tastes like cough syrup in my opinion

7th May 2016

Balvenie 15 Sherry Cask

This is by far, the best of the best! Balvenie 15 Sherry Cask certainly has bite yet smooth! 10 Stars!

28th April 2016

so delicious

i like it the balvenie i like it best

22nd April 2016

Sorry, forgot to rate

5 stars

17th January 2016

Fantastic Balvenie

I prefer this to the 21 year old, but I think it varies between casks. The one I am drinking now is a perfect marriage of sherry and fruitiness. Absolutely top notch!

17th January 2016

Balvenie at it's best (depending on the cask)

I got a rather light coloured one which wasn't great but then got cask number 609 which was out of this world and as dark as can be which is a indication of the amount of sherry influence it received from the cask.
Basically that's the case with any single barrel which is as it's name implies.
And incidentally In the whisky bible the cask that was rated was that very cask number with 95 points.......!
Keep the sherried stuff coming and we are just waiting for the cask strength Balvenie to be released. ..........
That would be perfect

10th January 2016

A good cooking whisky

Bit too syrupy for me

23rd December 2015

Incredible Christmas Scotch

Full and deep flavors.... Easily my top recommendation for an enjoyable dram during winter's short and frosty days. Master of Malts' tasting notes are spot on.... The Balvenie hit a home run with this expression!

19th December 2015


Approachable, very sweet on the nose, ozone post-match but no real smoke, citrus, ready for the tongue.

Touch sharp on the tongue, familiar Sherry, touch too sweet, happily bitter but not overwhelming, fresh nutmeg.

Lingers, too sweet, but makes a good dessert before bed.

I like it, but the lingering sweet/bitter puts me off by a star.

9th December 2015


I am so excited to try this whisky. I absolutely love the Balvenie 12 year DoubleWood.

Sherry obviously, orange is quite prevalent, some sort of sugary thing. It's like Christmas! The Glenfarclas 25 was top quality on all counts, but the nose on this is a lot more interesting. There's so much going on.

Sherry again. It's top quality though. Fruity and nutty. This is special.

Spices. It's a medium-long finish. This is beautifully matured.

This is on par with the Glenfarclas 25. Easily 9/10 no question about it. I'll be picking up a bottle of this very soon.

9th December 2015

This is it

Finally a darm that is worth for the price.

13th November 2015

Sherry Dreaming

Balvenie are producing the kind of whisky I like. I get the sense this team are trying to fill the void left by the Macallan shift and then some more with the rum and portwood finishes. This is no exception. Batch variation in mind, I felt just a little to much of the sulphur which I ordinarily enjoy if it is there as just "a touch". Hence I knocked off half a star. This is the Dreamliner of sherry single malts -- Mifune

9th November 2015


I'm not normally a big fan of the sherried scotches, and nor of Balvenie usually, but this one was great. Solid leathery mouthfeel with the hint of sweetness given by the sherry. Nose roughly the same, and reasonably long finish. Not overdone like various sherry monsters. Didn't taste the stale wood mentioned in previous reviews. Not sure if those reviews just had different expectations or if the consistency is poor.

22nd October 2014


Placed the review for wrong product should have been 15 year old single barrel not sherry cask

2nd October 2014


Forgot to rate the Balvennie

2nd October 2014


I was lucky to find 3 bottles of this all from different casks at an Asda store in the North East for £35 a bottle I have had bottles of this before and it is always a very superior whisky mellow sweet full flavoured a delight to open every bottle.never be as lucky again to obtain whisky as good as this at £35

2nd October 2014

Not from the top shelf

I find it hard to believe that David Stewart picked this cask. The nose is rubbery with a yeasty hint of toffee. It must be a 2nd or 3rd fill sherry cask because it seems the best has already been extracted. The taste is superior to the nose, lots of sweet toffee with tiny hints of sherry cask characteristics. However the mouth feel is fizzy, yeasty, bordering on carbonated. The finish is not long, at first the toffee lingers but that is soon replaced by an old wood feel. Still it's better than your common Irish whiskey.

20th September 2014


First, not sure every cask is the same, however, I opened my first bottle last night and what a tremendous surprise. Dark, thick and sherry galore. All of the sweet notes you would expect from a well done sherried scotch. I am a huge Glendronach drinker and this dram beats out the standard ranges 12 - 21 imho. Buying another bottle before it sells out, an excellent sherry scotch and one of the best I have tasted.

29th August 2014

A strange creature, but tasty

Somehow from the buttery profiles of the ex-bourbon single barrels I expected something similar but sweeter and maybe with a'bunadhlike characteristiks because it's been casked in oloroso, but nope. On the nose the sherry is light - think white wine - rather than sweet. No plumes or sultanas, rather some yeasty thing now and then, wood and molasses. "Rumlike", said a friend. The taste is more sherrylike than expected. The Balvenie character shows through but not strongly. The wood tastes a bit older than you'd expect from under 20yo whisky but the whole is much more pleasant than the slightly queer nose hints at. I do think this is good but not as good as the ex-bourbon single barrel of the same age.

7th August 2014

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