Review #29 – The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Sherry Cask

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

Cask: 16288

Bottle: 636

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Sample


Review #29 – The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Sherry Cask

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

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


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