Monday, February 20, 2023

The Balvenie 15 Madeira Cask Travel Exclusive


The first segment(Mostly not available on google search)

Occasions, Tips, alternates, cocktails, food pairings, SJ's Rating, Feel

SJ's Rating- Top Shelf 
Hits the spot on everything, full of flavor, higher ABV smooth and delicious. This is available exclusively for travel retail only so grab one when you can. 
Occasion- Friend's PhD completion 
SJ's Pro tip- Great for celebrating special achievements or occasions
Alternates- Jura Turas mara
Food Pairing- Chicken momo

Feel(After drinking)- Elevated

The Second Segment(Technical details that are mostly available on google search)
Here goes the product story "The Balvenie Madeira Cask is lively and summery single malt finished in casks that previously held Madeira wine" 
Don't get carried away by the story itself, all it means is they matured the whisky first in American Oak Barrels then finished it in Madeira cask. 
So what is madeira cask?
Madeira is a region in Portugal which happens to be an archipelago. It's eponymous Madeira wine is very popular. Casks that mature this wine is madeira cask. 
The thing that is special is the location and weather of this place that influence how the casks impart their flavor. 
Well enough of this, time to taste this thing. 

Vital Stats-The Balvenie 15 Madeira Cask Travel Exclusive
Price- $119 for 750ml bottle(Duty free, Cabo Airport Mexico)
Age- 15 years
ABV- 43%
Region- Speyside
Distillery- The Balvenie Distillery, Banffshire, Scotland
Awards won-  95 points 2022, IWSC(International Wine & Spirits Competition)

Tasting info-
Serving glass- Whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Dark amber
Aroma- Fruity, spicy, dark chocolate, pepper, chocolate similar to Carribean cask 
Flavor- Fruity, spicy, cinnamon, pepper, citrus
Body- Full
Finish- Long, warm, spicy & lingering

I absolutely loved this one which is hard to find. If you find one, Cheers! Enjoy Responsibly. 
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