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.