The latest in Balvenie’s range of single cask releases

IF there’s one thing Balvenie do well, it’s taking a simple concept and making it great . And this expression is no exception. Sherry, as one of the big flavours in the whisky world, tends to be overused and wielded with wild abandon. However, when done right - as it is here - with the correct balance between spirit and wood you get an enthralling wee dram.

These single cask expressions are always interesting, especially when Dave Stewart is invovled in the delightful task of selecting them.

With roughly 650 bottles being taken from each one, there is fun to be had in comparing different bottling from differing casks, as each will be slightly different with their own unique characteristics.

The abv for this bottling is also of note, coming in as it does at a relatively high 47.8%, some may prefer a slight touch of water to really open this whisky up.

The nose is a sweet clean aroma of raspberries and toffee, like the sweetest of desserts. Strangely, it also reminded me of the wonderful smell of those rubber bouncy balls, you were given as children.

The first taste was slightly drier than I was expecting but with a wonderful richness that coated the mouth, with the raspberries and fruit really shining through.

The finish was just the right side of long lasting and had me smacking my lips and ready for more.

Rating: A very solid 78%, an enjoyable dram that’s definitely going to please the sherry heads.

Cask type: Olorosso Sherry

Abv: 47.8%

Age: 15 years old

Region: Speyside

One for fans of: Aberlour, Glendronach, Macallan (older bottlings like the original 10, or 12 year olds)

 

 

Whisky review: Balvenie single cask 15 year old Sherry
Richness70%
Smokyness0%
Sweetness80%
81%Overall Score

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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