On the last tasting I attended we had some confusion about the Balvenie 15. Apparently most people claim that there have only been 2 or 3 releases of it. Now, being single cask , single distillation and a maximum of 350 bottles each, I find this hard to believe.
So, could anyone who has one or saw one, post the cask number, ABV and possibly vintage year of each 15y old here please?
Thanks in advance, Tom
Here is the information noted on the bottling of my Balvenie 15 year old:
Bottling Date: 23/5/05
In Cask Date: 16/2/90
Cask No.: 3674
Bottle No.: 116
It may also be helpful to contact the distillery and ask for an explanation to your question. Aside, I am curious to know if you enjoyed the Balvenie 15 that was shared at your tasting?
84 Balvenie 15yo 1980/1996 SB (50.4%, OB)
81 Balvenie 15yo 1978/1999 SB (50.4%, OB)
80 Balvenie 15yo 1983/1999 SB (50.4%, OB)
83 Balvenie 15yo 1985/2002 SB (50.5%, OB)
82 Balvenie 15yo 1989/2004 SB (47.8%, OB)
http://www.whiskyfun.com/indexation.html has this one that is different from the rest:
Balvenie 15yo 1988/2003 (47.8%, OB, cask #3971)
So these take it back 10 years and at least 7 different releases.
Here are the details on my bottle - bought last summer in Oddbins, Perth, Scotland:
Bottling Date: 8.4.05
In Cask Date: 11.1.90
Cask No.: 831
Bottle No.: 200
Balvenie Single Barrel, 15 yo, 47,8%, D: 11.01.1990, B: 08.04.2005, Bourbon Cask #831, btl. #200
Golden colour. Nose: Malt, fruits, preserved pears, "wash", aniseed. Taste: Fruit. raisin, sweet malt, vanilla fudge. Finish: Middle long and mild. 
Lovely fruity taste and a another nice mouthfilling malt
Looks like the confusion is coming from the apparent fact that they bottle the 15Y at the same strength. The 2 or 3 batches they reffered to must be the 3 different strengths 50.4%, 50.5% and the recent 47.8%. The distillery did not reply to my questions, but the malt ambassador from Maxxium is looking into it. It seems unlogical to dilute every cask to the same ABV and still stamp Single Cask on it, but still they do it. Hopefully an answer will come soon.
As to the relative quality of the 15Y old, I personally like the two bottlings I tried, alhough the last one seems a bit more restrained and simple then the previous. Still the 15Y old Balvenie is one of my all time favorite drams suiteble for any occasion at any time. (To answer Wendy's question)
Thank you all for your cooperation, I've been neglecting the forum lately but right now it is whisky high season in Belgium, so i'm a bit whisky-busy.
I have been searching for a Mortlach 16 (Speyside) or a Springbank 15-20 (Cambletowne). In my seach, I came across a Balvenie 15 which I think is from Banfshire.
It seems that the original poster enjoys their Balvenie very much. Can someone give me any indication how the Balvenie might compare to the Mortlach or the Springbank and if this would be a worthy gift?
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