Balvenie 15 Single Barrel Sherry Cask

Balvenie 15 SB sherry

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

47.8% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 15 years

Cask Type: Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Unknown

 


 

Color: Light Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Gentle fruits, honey, heather, bit of sherry, raisins, plums

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: The fruit become richer than the nose, with caramel, sherry and figs

Finish: Medium with slight warmth, oak and sherry are the predominate flavors

Thoughts: The sherry cask has a strong effect on the malt, giving it a heavy fruit influence.

Score: 85 out of 100

Balvenie 14 Peated Triple Cask

Balvenie 14 Peated Triple

Price: $100 for 700ml (Travel Exclusive)

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

48.3% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 14 years

Cask Type: American oak, bourbon, and sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Gentle sherry, oak, honey, malt, and the slightest hint of smoke

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Honey, heather, gentle sherry, sultana, gentle smoke, and ginger

Finish: Gentle sweets, shorter, honey, stewed fruits, and a faint vanilla smoke

Thoughts: The peat influence is very subtle, and you have to reach for it, in that way it is inferior to the regular 14 peat week, but I do appreciate the increased level of fruitiness which makes it a slightly better drink all together, as plain bourbon cask isn’t enough for me with Balvenie’s malt.

Score: 82 out of 100

Balvenie 14 Peat Week 2002

Blavenie peat week

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

48.3% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years (2002 Distillation)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon

Chill Filtered : No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Honey

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Gentle smoke, heather, honey, vanilla, oak and floral

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Apple, honey, smoke, vanilla, heather, oak ,malt, and white pepper

Finish: Medium, lingering herbs and smoke with a hint of honey

Thoughts: The smoke here is very gentle and unobtrusive, but the underlying malt it a bit boring having just been in a bourbon cask.

Score: 83 out of 100

Balvenie 15 Single Barrel Bourbon Cask

Balvenie 15 Single barrel

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

47.8% ABV

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Unknown

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, heather, floral notes, citrus, and grassy. A touch of damp oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Palate/Taste: Slightly bitter, with vanilla, orange peel, white pepper, rose petals, and tea.

Finish: Medium length and warmth with a bit of brown sugar and banana bread, followed by oak and heather.

Thoughts: If you like the Balvenie profile, you are most likely going to enjoy this one, but for the money there are much better options out there.

Score: 78 out of 100

Balvenie 17 DoubleWood

Balvenie 17 DoubleWood

Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 17 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Very gentle vanilla, chocolate and wood notes, hint of dried fruit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied

Palate/Taste: Malt forward, vanilla, oak, candied ginger, apple, honey

Finish: Warm, medium length. Ginger, pepper, caramel, oak, and figs.

Thoughts: The sherry cask influence isn’t overly apparent, likely due to lack of influence. I’d say it’s a decent malt, but not worth the price.

Score: 80 out of 100

Balvenie 14 Cuban Selection

Balvenie 14 Cuban Selection

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 14 years

Cask Type: Ex bourbon, Finished in Cuban Rum Casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: “Traditional whisky oak”

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Coconut, vanilla, pineapple, oak, rum, barley, yeasty, and heather

Mouthfeel: Light

Palate/Taste: Honey, heather, coconut, vanilla, and oak

Finish: medium warmth, honey, vanilla, caramel, coffee, and rum cake.

Thoughts: The rum casks have a definite effect on the malt, but the palate is a bit lacking, I actually enjoyed the Caribbean Cask slightly more.

Score: 80 out of 100

Balvenie 12 DoubleWood

Balvenie 12 Doublewood

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balvenie / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 12 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Stewed fruits, apple, caramel, vanilla, and wood.

Mouthfeel: Light and intermediate

Palate/Taste: Apple, dry sherry, ginger, cinnamon, baking spice, pie, vanilla, and caramel.

Finish: Slight warmth, lingering caramel and coffee notes.

Thoughts: It’s an easy drinking speysider, that doesn’t do anything wrong, but doesn’t reach great heights either.

Score: 78 out of 100