The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Ex-Bourbon Cask
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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. Read Full Review 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! Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review Raided Score: 85 Publication: Whiskey Raiders Excerpt: While not exceptionally exciting, it's well done and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Read Full Review
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Definitely Balvenie. Sweet, doughy, yeasty. Mild citrus. Cinnamon, clove.
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.
Medium, no heat or real roughness. Sweet and kind of one trick but delicious.
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.
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