The Schtick: This is a cask strength bottling of distillate from Balvenie, released by Balvenie after 15 years of aging in a sherry cask.
ABV: 47.8% ABV
Age: 15 Years
Nose: A bit of heat, but sweet and loaded with jam. Cinnamon, leather, tobacco, vanilla, some light nuttiness and then berries like cherry and cranberry.
Taste: Pepper, honey, a bit of heat. Vanilla, cherry, blackberry and a good deal of cinnamon and fresh baked bread.
Finish: Long, rich, although hot. The heat grows while pepper, sulfur and some baked bread notes crowd out the sherry.
Overall: Not bad! Certainly good stuff, but not one of their better casks in my opinion. Still good, and if I had lots of extra money to just throw around, I’d probably keep one around.
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- Review #28. The Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask
- Review #29. The Balvenie 15yr Sherry Fill
- Review #257. Balvenie 15yr SiB Sherry
- Review #267. The Balvenie 15yr SiB (Ex-Bourbon)
- Review #27. The Balvenie 12yr Doublewood
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect