I`m asking because the founders reserve and the doublewood are fairly similar but the 15 yo is very different, to me not Balvenish .
So please tell what do you think!
Sad to say I do not qualify for comparisons, having not ever tasted the 15yo! What can I say, so much whisky, so many options. My experience in Balvenie's is limited to 10yo, 12yo and the lusciously decadent 21yo Portwood. All of these versions have earned my highest respects.
I would imagine the 15yo single bourbon version to be a lot drier, less rich, and considerably more subdued, perhaps missing out on those honeyish notes that are abundant in the 10yo and become slightly exuberant in the 12yo due to the very strong sherry notes.
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The last I had, the 47.8% was definitely a lot drier...but not subdued! Quite the opposite, but a different animal than the 10 or 12, different even than the samples of the previous 15 SB I tried (50.4 %)...this was sweeter and richer...more like an HP 18. but i enjoyed the 47.8%. I thought it was quite distinctive...but blind would bot have plumped fpr Balvenie.
I have sampled both these two drams and found them most pleasing, but up to now I haven't had the pleasure of sampling the 15 year old Single Barrel. However, this will be rectified at the end of March when I host a whisky evening where the Single Barrel will be one of the stars.
MrTattieHeid wrote:I tend to think of the 15 as the "real" Balvenie, and the 10 and 12 as "Balvenie Lite". But I suppose it depends on your point of view, doesn't it?
Couldn't agree with you more. And the 25yo Single Barrel is as the 15yo but even more powerful.
If you taste the Vintages, they're more like the 15yo SB than the others.
The new 14yo Roasted Malt have the same qualities but a wee bit more pungent.
MrTattieHeid wrote:I tend to think of the 15 as the "real" Balvenie, and the 10 and 12 as "Balvenie Lite".
Interesting. I agree with the 15yr old being the most "Balvenie-ish" of the lot, with the 10yr being a younger brother. The 12yr Doublewood and 1991 Portwood I found to be unlike the other two. Less Balvenie and more...something else. I did like the finished Balvenies more than the 10 or 15.
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I think the FR 10 has the lead for me.
Personal taste will no doubt take over and I like many prefer the 15yo to its younger siblings (which btw are still very enjoyable) but I still feel the distillery character is set out in the Founders Reserve. Everything else flows from those foundations.
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Having said that the Balvenie 15yo is my natural choice for the real taste & stlye of the distillery.
Lawrence wrote:Elagabalus wrote:Then again I was just doing some research last night on glenmorangie. They have burgundy finishes, portwood finishes, sherry finishes, etc etc I mean what is the real taste of glenmorangie?
Glenmorangie 10 is the nearest you will come to the real taste of the distillery, IMHO.
.....and a very good one it is too
The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt - the traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.
I don't know if the 10 yr old had sherry casks in them but sherry casks seem to be something Balvenie uses to add some flavor to their whisky not as a core.
lbacha wrote:If the traditional Balvenie was the 10 then they must be trying to phase it out because they don't even mention it on their website, I've heard people say it is not going to be produced anymore, but I don't know if that is true or not....
Sorry, Len! But this has been discussed here lately at great length. The official word is that the 10 will henceforth be available in the US, UK, and a few other select markets. It has been pulled back from other markets because it has been supplanted in popularity by the 12, and the stock is needed for that. Mark Gillespie got it from the source on an episode of WhiskyCast, although just now I don't remember which one.
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