The parma violet note is there with some mint and rose water. Beneath this is a layer of waxy tutti-frutti bubble gum, orange blossom honey, kaffir lime leaves, and very light shortbread-like malt. A great alternative to DoubleWood and Signature for those who like their whisky without the heaviness of sherry. Customers are advised to read the bottle labels to confirm the actual alcohol content of their purchases. Finish: Medium-length, more fruit now — green apples and tinned pears. Finish: Drying apple skin, shortbread and a pinch of liquorice sweetness. As I mentioned in my review, one might be justified in calling this over-oaked which is strange for a 12 year old.
The vintage year displayed on the product image may differ from the stock available in stores and online. This is unique and challenging but a very enjoyable whisky and one that forces you to look a bit deeper - It's simple, honest well made stuff. How did the Proper Pour Whisk e y Club rate this bottle you may ask, if you have followed some of our other write-ups? This is the money melon. Just how long ago is that? The 77 above represents several revisits with this bottle as I mentioned earlier. I commend Balvenie for making such a awesome product and I hope more companies start going with 46% non-filtered, as well as first fill bourbon. I have not heard any information on product changes from Balvenie concerning the 15yr old so any speculation on my part would be just that speculation.
No one is forcing us to buy expensive whisky. This is followed by a blisteringly mouth-numbing alcohol burn on the palate that belies its modest 47. As always — the notes you see below were written and the bottle scored prior to any discussion by Jeremy and me of what we nosed, tasted, or felt overall, about the dram in consideration. We do not normally put the scores in the review until after the tasting notes, but there was a lot to tell this time on the background of how we got to the scores for this whisky. The Balvenie Distillery grows its own barley on the Balvenie Mains 1,000-acre farm, which makes up a small portion of their needs.
Released in 2013, Balvenie's Single Barrel First Fill was matured in first-fill bourbon casks for at least 12 years before bottling. Very dry at the end with some soft licorice root tinged tannins. Comment: A quality single malt with an extremely pleasant aroma and smooth finish. Even more importantly for me, this has some bite to it. I was thus excited to crack open a Master of Malt sample that I purchased in my recent batch I buy a lot of these samples at once to spread out the international shipping , as it has been awhile since I tasted a single barrel from this Speysider.
Speyside whiskies tend to be sweeter and slightly lighter in body than their counterparts from the or , and are considered to be some of the finest in the world. He started working at the distillery at age 17 fifty-six years ago. Finish: Lingering sweetness Food match: Generally, fat-rich foods pair well, from nuts, to cheese, to butter, to pork. . This was not love at first sight by any means; in fact I'll use a well worn cliche and say this is not an easy access malt. The whole room smelled like bananas.
The finish is also improved, with a rummy caramel and some fading menthol. Clear and unmuddied heather at the beginning, middle, and end. This is my new favorite Balvenie. Non chill filtered, natural color just as any whiskey should be, bottled at 47. I tried this first in a blind tasting with friends, and everyone guessed accurately that it was the most expensive bottle in the bunch, and it was rated the favorite of the night, just edging out the Laphroaig Triple Wood.
Finish: A touch of drying apple skin, more Nice biscuits, a hint of sour wood and a little bit of liquorice sweetness. Body: medium and creamy smooth. Nothing that will blow you away, but definitely something to start your collection with or add to your shelf. I'll happily admit I saw a Ralfy review a couple of years ago and was curious so bought a bottle and have sat on it until now. Can any members shed some light on this issue? This is from a first fill bourbon barrel. Uniquely, it still employs all the traditional crafts of malt whisky making which is why The Balvenie tastes the way it does. Whereas the 15-year is exclusively from an ex-bourbon barrel, the DoubleWood contains some portion of whisky aged in ex-sherry casks.
It is a great Scotch, especially for the price point, and a great Scotch for people just getting their palates acquainted with Scotch. After this experience I think I will try and taste the particular barrel of the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask before spending a Benjamin plus on another bottle. Subsequently bought 2 more different cask number they are almost undrinkable, just tastes of sulphur. In the 15-year, you have a slightly elder and somewhat smoother malt that showcases the qualities of that single carefully chosen barrel. I assume, and hope, that it was just a dodgy cask.
Overall: Ok this is a weird one. Some fresh oak but pleasantly so. A complex palate emerges with elements of spice, toffee, apricot, Dundee cake, and hints of smokiness. A comfort dram, if you will. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed and at 60 euros or 45 punds its a bargain for the quality you are getting. The finish is toffee-sweet with mild spice and vanilla. Vanilla, fresh fruits and a bit of spice.