Review: Balvenie 15 year old, Single BarrelMarch 15th, 2010
The Balvenie “Single Barrel,” 15 year old, (Cask #7266), 47.8%, $62
One of the finest Balvenie 15 year olds that I’ve tasted. The flavors are clean, well defined, confident, and beautifully balanced. Full malty foundation (with some ripe barley thrown in). Soft, creamy vanilla, honeycomb, bright fruit (orange, nectarine, lemon peel, hints of pineapple), with emerging dried vanilla, coconut, oak resin, and subtle anise. 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. Quite splendid! (A Julio’s Liquors exclusive.)
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91
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