Balvenie 15 Single Barrel Sherry Cask #16284
Bottle: As classic a whisky bottle shape as can be really. White label with sherry coloured script. A nice touch there…
Nose: Dry & dusty sherry. Boiled sweets. Milk chocolate.
Body: Thick and luxurious. Coats the mouth ever so nicely. a lovely auburn colour.
Palate: Dry. Raisins, almonds, leather, caramel, some balsamic vinegar in the roof of the mouth.
Finish: Medium length. Dried sour apple, the boiled sweets come back into it. A little cayenne pepper.
Neat/Ice/Water: At 47.8% it’s a little hot drunk neat but not in a bad way. Ice/water makes it a whole lot sweeter and takes the mild sting out of it. Flattens it out though so much better neat I say. Much chewier.
Verdict: Quaffable. A rich, spicy and very satisfying sherried malt that isn’t too intense. Well rounded and with good flavours. It doesn’t run too deep nor scale any great heights but it does what it does quite solidly. We cracked the seal and enjoyed three rounds and it seemed to get better with each (funny that). It also had the honour of being the first dram to grace the Arnolfo di Cambio hand blown Italian crystal tumblers I got for my birthday (watch Blade Runner where Deckard has Rachel visit his apartment). A bit pricey for what you get but thoroughly pleasant to imbibe (The whisky). Insanely cool (the tumblers).