The Balvenie 15 Year Old Madeira Cask

Floral, Nutty, Hay Like
The Balvenie 15 Years Madeira Cask is a Travel Exclusive bottling from the distillery located in Speyside, Scotland. Not much is really known about the bottling - there was no press release or anything like that. The bottles just turned up. Most of the time, the single malt was matured in ex-bourbon casks before it was decanted into Madeira casks from the Portuguese sunny island of the same name for the finish.
The Balvenie 15 Year Old Madeira Cask
The Balvenie 15 Year Old Madeira Cask (@whiskyedition)
Single Malt Whisky | 15 Year Old | 43,00 % ABV. | 142,00 €/l | The Balvenie Distillery | produced in Scotland (Speyside) | Whiskybase ID 220950


We immediately smell a wild mix of nuts. Sweetish and with a slight gummy bear aroma, a combination of various berries follows, like those found in the frozen berry mix, i.e. cherries, currants, raspberries. A gentle vanilla-cinnamon-floral-honey jumble lies over everything. Very very pleasant.


The Speysider single malt opens just as nutty as the nose. More nuts follow with malty intense oak spice, a little bitter orange marmalade paired with ginger and a pinch of pepper. Later, a fruitiness of stone fruit comes through - we're thinking flat peaches - which integrates beautifully with yet more oak and cinnamon. All in all, a good sweet and sour combination.


The finish of the scotch is medium long, slightly spicy, slightly dusty and of course nutty.


A classic Balvenie with a lot more nuttiness and a bit of berries and fruit. Solid and good to drink - even if it doesn't knock our socks off. The nose clearly wins out over the taste, which is unfortunately held back by too much oak spice. For a travel release, it is one of the better bottlings, especially because of the age statement and not the lowest necessary abv.

Rating: 80/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 80 | Sascha: 80)

Value for Money: 3/5 - Acceptable

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