Review #29 | /r/Scotch Review #8 – The Balvenie 15yr Sherry Fill
The Schtick: This is a sherry matured 15yr expression from The Balvenie.
Distiller: The Balvenie
Bottler: The Balvenie
ABV: 47.8% ABV
Age: 15 Years
Maturation: Sherry Cask
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Nose: Loads of raisins, plums, all manner of dark, stewed fruits. There’s brown sugar and that notorious sherry spice and then more fruit once again. A little maple spice in the tail end.
Taste: There’s spice, there’s sugar. The dark fruit is here and it whallops you over the head. There’s some very mild tobacco, maybe I’m confusing this for some light oak and leather notes but I like it. It’s well introduced under the monster sherry wave and finished out with some light maple sweetness.
Finish: It’s not as long as I’d expect but it’s well blended and delicately tip toes away. There’s a bit more spice in the finish, much like the other two but I like this arrangement. It’s very gentle, which is likely a function of the lower proof but it fits the bill for a solid sherry bomb, which has quickly become my favorite style of scotch releases.
Overall: It’s delicious. It’s a little pricey. What it does (sherry) it does very well with restraint and some nice balance.
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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 | Insurpassable | No better exists