The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Ex-Bourbon Cask Review | Whiskey Raiders
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The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Ex-Bourbon Cask

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  • Distiller:

    Balvenie

  • Bottler:

    Balvenie

  • ABV:

    47.8%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The malted barley notes shine through and finishes with more honey, although with the proof, the whisky isn't cloying.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Polished oak finish. It doesn’t have the depth that the classic older Balvenies have shown in the past, but what it does have, it has in spades. Beautiful!
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The whisky that generated the most conversation, this single-barrel malt was my least favorite of the bunch, a more intensely woody, sea-salty Scotch that felt tough, and less in balance, than its brethren.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Entry is intensely oaky and toffee-like, with subtle touches of salt and butterscotch; the midpalate is salty, smoky, mildly peaty and grainy dry.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: While not exceptionally exciting, it's well done and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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  • Nose:

    Definitely Balvenie. Sweet, doughy, yeasty. Mild citrus. Cinnamon, clove.

  • Taste:

    Sweet and cream forward. Lots of nice doughy sweetness, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, butter cream. The slight boost in proof is excellent and makes for a nice mouthfeel.

  • Finish:

    Medium, no heat or real roughness. Sweet and kind of one trick but delicious.

  • Overall:

    While not exceptionally exciting, its well done and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Too bad it's discontinued. I'm giving this a Rank 6.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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