Balvenie 15 Sherry Cask Review

Balvenie 15 Sherry Cask replaced the old Balvenie 15 single barrel expression a year or two ago. This 15 year old is full matured in a sherry cask and bottled at 47.8%.

Nose: Striking oak swirling with strong mint, very sweet sherry (almost a PX type sweetness), honey, tobacco smoke, and cantaloupe.

Palate: Pure sherry up front with a dry oak, a bit of smoke, and some ripe bananas.

Finish: Subtle overall with black pepper, banana, and sherry combining for a nice sweet/spicy combo.

Rating: 88/100 – A solid offering from Balvenie if you like rich sherry malts – not quite a sherry bomb, but the full sherry cask maturation stands out.

Value for the money: These retail for around $100-115 which is a bit steep. I’d be a repeat consumer in the $60-$70 range.

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