Malt Resistance

Narrating the Rise and Fall of Single Malt Scotch.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Today's 'Best Bet'

Herewith a quick entry, today’s Best Bet for taste and value: The Balvenie Single Cask 15 years old.

First off, when buying this whisky you realize that 15 year old whiskies are not really 15 years old. On the bottle this Balvenie the dates of distillation and of bottling are featured prominently. And you will notice if you look at various bottles on the shelves of your favorite store that some contain whisky that is 16, 17, sometimes 18 years old! That’s it for the educational fringe benefit.

Another advantage of buying the Balvenie Single Cask 15, is that you are not paying premium dollars for a Single Cask or Single Barrel, Cask Strength Single Malt. This is perhaps explained because this Balvenie was marketed in the early 1990’s when what was considered the main factor for price was age, not whether it was a vatting or a single cask bottling.

Look around the store: very few other single cask bottling are around, and those that are will be more expensive that the Balvenie Single Cask. Now that the fashion has turned, expect this bottling to either go away, or its price to be substantially increased… You've been warned!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what is a good price? I paid US$55 at the Santiago Chile airport for a 700ml bottle... just yesterday (February 22).

7:59 AM  
Blogger Nestor said...

What's a good price? It really depends on where you are buying the malt! Prices differ wildly between say Gibraltar and Norway... So what you have to look at is the price as compared to other single cask, CS bottlings out there...
All that being said, $55 is about what you'd pay for a Single Cask, CS Balvenie 15 in the U.S. give or take $5, so that seems to be a perfectly reasonable price.
Let us know how you like it!

9:54 AM  

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