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The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Sherry Cask

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  • Distiller:

    Balvenie

  • Bottler:

    Balvenie

  • ABV:

    47.8%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Balvenie’s signature sweetness comes across like soft brown Demerara sugar before it shifts into forest floor, mulch, nut, and dried berries.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Some very well made modern malt whisky. Feels like some ‘work’ has been done on it, it’s probably not only about time.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A couple drops of water tamed the heat, teased out some orange peel, encouraged an accent of salinity and brought everything into better balance--but doused the campfire.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: Such high hopes for this bottle, but it did not deliver. The tainting by the sulphur from the sherry casking masked any other positives of this bottling.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: This whisky is firing on all cylinders, and as it continues to open up it starts to show gentle smoke notes, a touch of iodine, and a return of roasted grain character (think really good pretzels). The sherry’s what sticks with you the most, however, hanging on for an epic finish.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The palate is boldly smoky and relatively dry, with a lift of iodine and sea breeze, plus vanilla, praline and a spicy, rather fiery finish. The production size is no more than 650 bottles drawn from a single cask.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall it's a sweet dram and more focused in the light, floral, fruity corner of the sherry arena, rather than the dense sticky cocoa corner of the arena. Nothing wrong with that.
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  • Nose:

    Honey, dough, yeast bakery sweets. Passion fruits, figs, plumbs, date fruit and sweet chocolate.

  • Taste:

    Medium and oily, the extra proof does very well with this one and I appreciate it. Sweet plum forward with a light dose of oak and cocoa. More honey, more doughnut sweets follow. Overall its a sweet dram and more focused in the light, floral, fruity corner of the sherry arena, rather than the dense sticky cocoa corner of the arena. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Finish:

    Long, warming, sweet and syrupy with only a little hint of prickly proof. This dram behaves very well on the way out.

  • Overall:

    I really like this dram. There's only one problem....its $115-$135 where I live and that's absurd. This dram is delicious and brings a ton to the table but pricing like that is bonkers and reminds me why its not in my collection. I really enjoy it though and it's sweeter look at sherry always leaves me appreciating any samples I try. For these reasons, I'm giving it a Rank 6.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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