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The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    596 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.8 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.


The Balvenie Distillery takes its name from Balvenie Mains--the fields that gave the whisky its grain--and Balvenie Castle, both figuring in the history of the British Isles. It officially founded in 1893 by William Grant and it still grows its own barley from the 1,000 acre farm. The scotch is made with local spring water, lightly peated, and fermented in the unique "Balvenie ball" in the copper pot still that is mean to "concentrate and sweeten" the flavors. Balvenie has its own cooperage to maintain its casks.

The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel scotch is, as the name suggests, bottled at "barrel strength" giving it a higher-than-customary proof. It is matured in a single, whisky cask. Each bottling is considered a limited edition of "no more than" 350 bottles, each one hand-numbered. These annual expressions are considered "unique and unrepeatable."

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2009
  • 2010

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2008
NeatPour (154) (4/6/2014)
4.15/5, confession time... all american/bourbon oak finished whiskey is tougher for me to score... it's just not really my bag & the flavor profiles are harder for me to appreciate. What I'm saying is that there isn't any of that wine influence many balvenie double wood fans have come to enjoy... this is different. Nose is extremely tight (not much going on there) but palate has some action in the middle (loads of licorice & faint banana). I guess the bottom-line is know that it's different and that just because you like the double wood series doesn't necessarily mean you'll like this (but I didn't think it was alright to good ;)
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Wuli27 (33) (3/10/2014)
mine was the 1995-2011. As a lover of balvenie, I was not disapointed.
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thark77 (12) (1/3/2013)
For a 15 this is my favorite. Very balanced and smooth. A great 15.
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kadrover (3) (03/27/2012)
Im newbie to Scotch, coming from the Vodka world. This is by far my favorite so far. Its very nice and smooth. Not too sweet, not to bitter or harsh, just nice and smooth.
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