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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    Springbank prides itself as the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on the one site. 100% of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery in Campbeltown.

    Balvenie is a fine dram, I have been buying up the 21 YO Port version as the price has doubled because of its popularity and new packaging.

    If you can find one for $75-85, its well worth it.

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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer View Post
    If anyone is wondering after DrinkyBanjo's post, The Balvenie is a Speyside / Highland malt.

    They also claim to be the only vertically integrated Scotch whisky producer extant. They grow the barley, malt the barley, distill the whisky, make and maintain their own barrels (yes, from wood that has previously been used for bourbon, sherry, etc), and age and bottle it. IMHO, that is pretty impressive in this day and age. It is the craft oriented production methods that so strongly attracted me to bourbon, with great pride in creating a traditional product.

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    Balvenie does, in fact, all of that. However, it should be noted that, even though they grow some of their own barley, most of the barley malt is still produced by farmers throughout Scotland. They'd have to, in order to keep their volume up.

    I'm a big fan of their 15-year, and I believe their 10-year is probably the best value in the industry, and a great starting point for those interested in single-malt whiskies.

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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    I've been a Balvenie fan for a few decades. The 15yo SB is probably the most drunk of my 150+ bottles. And while I agree with boss302 that the 10 yo founders reserve is a good value I think that the 12 yo DoubleWood is the better for someone to start with. All a matter of opinion I guess.
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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by AVB View Post
    And while I agree with boss302 that the 10 yo founders reserve is a good value I think that the 12 yo DoubleWood is the better for someone to start with.
    Ah, good to see someone else in my area posting on here! My mom and dad lived in Hanover for a few years, so I'm pretty familiar with the York area.

    Anyway, the DoubleWood is an excellent whisky, but not exactly the greatest execution of a sherry-finished scotch-- it's almost like a slightly more robust Glenlivet (also sherry-finished), IMHO.

    The best Sherry-finished 12-year scotch I've had so far was Glenmorangie's-- they have a knack for multi-wood aging that few other Highland or Speyside distillers can touch. Unfortunately, if my memory serves me correctly, the Glenmorangie 12-year series is significantly more expensive than Balvenie's DoubleWood.
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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    Yes, Glenmorangie in general is more expensive then others in the same age group.

    I'd be careful about such a broad statement that Glenlivet is sherry finished as it all isn't. I lean toward Glendronach or Cragganmore if I'm in the mood for a sherried dram but that is why there are so many so each can have their own preference.
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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by AVB View Post
    I'd be careful about such a broad statement that Glenlivet is sherry finished as it all isn't.
    It mentions nothing about sherry finishing in the Glenlivet label or website. The Pernod-Ricard website, however, mentions it.
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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    I love sherry in my SMSW. With that said, Glendronach, Macallan 18, and Aberlour Abunadh are 3 of my favorite SMSW due to their intense sherry presence.

    To stay on point of the original topic, Balvenie is one of my favorite product lines. The Portwood is one of my absolute favorites. I have tried the entire range at various whisky shows and the 12 and 15 I thought to be better than the 10. The New Wood 17 I didnt care for at all and woudve rated that one last. The 25 and 30 are sublime, although unaffordable. The 14 year roasted malt gets accolades, but is unavailable in the US.

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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    The Glenlivet Nadura isn't sherry finished based AFAIK. Just as an example.
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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by AVB View Post
    The Glenlivet Nadura isn't sherry finished based AFAIK. Just as an example.
    Having tried the Nadura twice, I am 90% sure its not sherry finished. Decent dram, but not one I will own at home.

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    Re: The Balvenie 15-yr single barrel

    this being my 'most owned' if not best loved scotch, i had to throw in a brief mention of the new 17 year sherry cask release.

    i'm very much looking forward to a head to head between the aberlour 16 sherry finished, and the balvenie 17 sherry casked.

    the former is one of my top handful, and the latter is mouthwateringly appealing. WHAT a chore, to compare them exhaustively..

    I warn you though, on that Balvenie SB15, it's a comforting dram and you can get Very Used to having it on hand.

    You might want to get one or two bottles extra.

 

 

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