How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

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How old is your SB 15

Younger
1
2%
13
0
No votes
14
1
2%
15
15
37%
16
4
10%
17
8
20%
18
5
12%
19
2
5%
20
1
2%
Older
4
10%
 
Total votes: 41

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How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Matt2 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:24 pm

It's been noticed that some of the dates on bottles of Balvenie SB 15 don;t seem to match...

Bottle No 65
Cask 8242
In Cask 17/05/1990
In Bottle 08/02/2008

17 Years old...

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby woodhill » Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:28 pm

15 Cask 11395 bot.16.02.06 dis 23.07.90 Bottle No 16.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby TheTross » Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:05 pm

Cask #3970, distilled 18/08/1988, bottled 28/08/2003. So 15 years old almost to the day.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:51 pm

I'd seriously hope nobody has to vote on the first three options.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby dylanf84 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:49 am

In cask date:3/19/1992, bottled 9/6/2007. Cask #2772 bottle #65....so, 15 years 6 months pretty much.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:44 am

Hehe, I'll say!

InCask date 23.7.81
Bottling Date 7.5.02
Cask # 5941 Bottle # 1
20yr old!! :o


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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Dubois » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:58 am

Bottle N° 39
Cask N° 8423
In Cask Date 10.7.89
Bottling Date 28.10.04

Age= 15 Years

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby matthew2512 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:09 pm

This is a huge variation. Perhaps i should have a look at the bottles in my liquor store and see if i can find a 17 or 20 year old... :iwbrnt: buy it

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby OKDiver1 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:27 pm

Bottle No. 68
Cask No. 4603
In Cask Date: 26/05/1992
Bottling Date: 07/11/2007

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Jobi » Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:04 am

I just put in a vote for Younger than 13 years on a bottle I just opened. And I have to admit to being a little upset. I was hoodwinked. Bamboozled. In Cask 26/5/92. Bottled 8/11/04. Not fair!



...Then my wife pointed out the 04 could be an 07. On closer inspection I believe she is right. Call off the dogs.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:19 am

I think I may have the oldest one so far in here:

Balvenie Single Barrel 15 years, O.B.,
Distilled 6.10.1980
Bottled 21.1.1996
Cask No. 88 13285
Litre 50.4 %

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby fishboy » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:04 am

Balvenie Single Barrel (47.8%)
cask filled 19.07.90
bottled 09.02.07
bottle number 91 from cask 1158
16 years old....

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Apollo11 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:05 am

Just bought a new one today:

Cask #21
In cask-Feb 1990
Bottled-Mar 2008

She is 18 years old, not bad!!!

Intresting cask # I thought.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby OKDiver1 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:28 pm

Apollo11 wrote:Just bought a new one today:

Cask #21
In cask-Feb 1990
Bottled-Mar 2008

She is 18 years old, not bad!!!

Intresting cask # I thought.

Excellent. One of the oldest so far.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Whiskybembel » Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:42 am

I having:
CaskNo. 6318
07.06.89
29.06.04

so 15years old.. :D

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Wed May 21, 2008 7:41 pm

Hi!

I've got 2 of them... :thumbsup: One of my favorites...

1st bottle:
Bottle 53 from cask 5711, 47,8%
In cask: 18.10.1988
Bottled: 31.10.2003

2nd bottle:
Bottle 14 from cask 16167, 50,4%
In cask: 17.11.1980
Bottled: 25.04.2002
This bottle is 21Y, 5M :shock:

If you have some more dates, tell me! I'll collect these things...

Cheerio!
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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Ryguy » Wed May 21, 2008 7:46 pm

Sir Dino, Welcome to the forums!! :D :D :D :D

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Wed May 21, 2008 7:51 pm

Collector57 wrote:Welcome to the Forums Sir Dino and I hope you enjoy them!
That second bottle should be good then. Have you opened it yet?

No, I haven't. I've got this bottle some days ago at eBay. I was very surpriced to see the facts at the bottle... :shock:
From this moment I search to find out more about different batches of the Balvenie 15. At the moment I have facts from about 25 different bottlings.

Cheerio!
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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby orangedogofglory » Thu May 22, 2008 12:34 am

Current bottles-

Bottle A:
In Cask: 29/01/90
In Bottle: 05/01/07
Cask 2017
Bottle 232
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Bottle B:
In Cask: 14/02/91
In Bottle: 22/11/06
Cask 78
Bottle 210

Bottle C:
In Cask: 29/01/90
In Bottle: 19/01/04
Cask 2040
Bottle 128

A is 17 yrs, B is 15 going on 16 yrs, and C is 14 yrs.

BUT!!! :D Notice that Bottles A and C have the same In Cask date? Yet 3 years in between bottling.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Bulkington » Thu May 22, 2008 4:43 pm

So what's the explanation for these variations and for the apparent disparity between the ages and the age statement? It says 15 yo it should be 15 yo. What am I missing?

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Thu May 22, 2008 5:28 pm

orangedogofglory wrote:Current bottles-

A is 17 yrs, B is 15 going on 16 yrs, and C is 14 yrs.

BUT!!! :D Notice that Bottles A and C have the same In Cask date? Yet 3 years in between bottling.


Curious! :shock: Bottle C did not be sold as 15Y... :roll:
Are you sure? No mistake? Maybe bad writing on the label? And the 4 is a 7 or 6?

Thank you! :thumbsup:

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby orangedogofglory » Thu May 22, 2008 5:33 pm

I think Bulkington was getting at the bottles at 13 or 14 years old...

Altruistically I would hope that the <15yr bottlings were produced because David Stewart felt the casks reproduced the target quality/taste of the Balvenie 15, so they essentially "matured faster." Economically, it could be simply that they needed more and took some casks that were a few years off. I really doubt that though, since they have wide variations in when casks are bottled.

I'll drop a quick note to my friendly brand ambassador and see what the response is. It's something I've noticed but never really asked about.
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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby orangedogofglory » Thu May 22, 2008 5:49 pm

Sir Dino wrote:
orangedogofglory wrote:Current bottles-

A is 17 yrs, B is 15 going on 16 yrs, and C is 14 yrs.

BUT!!! :D Notice that Bottles A and C have the same In Cask date? Yet 3 years in between bottling.


Curious! :shock: Bottle C did not be sold as 15Y... :roll:
Are you sure? No mistake? Maybe bad writing on the label? And the 4 is a 7 or 6?

Thank you! :thumbsup:


Nope, no mistake. It is 14 years old, off from being 14 years old to the day by only 10 days.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby orangedogofglory » Thu May 22, 2008 7:10 pm

may have egg on my face :oops: , I think I might have run into the same problem as Jobi, and the one Sir Dino mentioned.
The picture is below, judge for yourselves: 4 or 7?
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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby TheTross » Thu May 22, 2008 9:55 pm

Looks like a 'y' to me, though I doubt that '19.1.0y' makes much sense...!

Nah, like mikeymad said looking at how different it is to the '4' in the cask number it's definitely '07', so you've got a 16yo Balvenie that's very nearly 17.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby orangedogofglory » Thu May 22, 2008 11:00 pm

I heard back from a contact at Wm Grant & Sons and he seemed shocked that a <15 Balvenie 15 would make it through. I sent him the picture (haven't heard back on that) but I think its fair to say that its about 10 days shy of being 17 years old. I'll round up.

Anyways, to get back on track with the topic of the post, I have two 17s and a nearly 16.
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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Jobi » Thu May 29, 2008 7:24 pm

orangedogofglory wrote:may have egg on my face :oops: , I think I might have run into the same problem as Jobi, and the one Sir Dino mentioned.
The picture is below, judge for yourselves: 4 or 7?
DSC01865.jpg


That is exactly what the "7" on my bottle looks like.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 29, 2008 10:57 pm

mine is...

bottling date - 28/03/2007
in cask date - 24/01/1991
cask number - 949
bottle no. - 122

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby orangedogofglory » Fri May 30, 2008 5:50 pm

Jobi wrote:
orangedogofglory wrote:may have egg on my face :oops: , I think I might have run into the same problem as Jobi, and the one Sir Dino mentioned.
The picture is below, judge for yourselves: 4 or 7?
DSC01865.jpg


That is exactly what the "7" on my bottle looks like.


Yeah, embarrassingly enough my picture was forwarded on to a kind gent at the distillery who informed me that it is certainly a 7. I don't think I could overuse :oops: enough at this point - certainly hope I didn't come across in an accusatory manner.

Great dram anyways, and now I'm constantly checking the dates. I enjoy doing flights of the 17 finished malts with a 17 YO 15 YO... interesting way to compare traditional versus the finishes, although I still need to get my hands on the islay cask... or should i say a couple islay casks.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:29 pm

Jobi wrote:I just put in a vote for Younger than 13 years on a bottle I just opened. And I have to admit to being a little upset. I was hoodwinked. Bamboozled. In Cask 26/5/92. Bottled 8/11/04. Not fair!



...Then my wife pointed out the 04 could be an 07. On closer inspection I believe she is right. Call off the dogs.


Hi Jobi!

Can I have the cask number?

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:47 am

I've got one tucked away in the Lair, I shall mosey on down and take a gander...
...Lessee now...
Bottling date 24;04;03
In cask date 21;04;88
15 years 3 days old actually, signed by David Stewart.

Cask no 1810 bottle number 123

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:49 pm

Thank you!
This was my 66th casknumber... :thumbsup:
My bottle is still the oldest... :P 21Y and 5M... :smoke:

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby AVB » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:07 am

I most likely go through 5 a year and never really paid much attention to the dates but the open one I have is just a week over 15 yo and the one waiting in the wings is a week shy of 16.

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:21 pm

It would be very nice, if you could send me the facts (InCask, bottling, cask no.)...

Thank you!

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Re: How old is your Balvenie Single Barrel 15 y/o

Postby Sir Dino » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:22 pm

Hmm, seems they couldn't... :roll:
I asked for a list, the answer is disappointing. They describe, that David Stewart selects older barrels for that bottling... :headbang:


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