The Balvenie Madeira Cask 15YO is a lively and summery single malt finished in casks previously held sweet Madeira wine.
Nose. Overflowing flavours of blackcurrants and brambles slowly layer upon gingery syrup and delicate spice. Taste. Ripe fruitness from fresh peaches lead to a citrus orange zing, hazelnuts and crisp oakiness coating the pallet. Finish. Long lasting.
In historic times, ships set sail filled with casks of Madeira wine around the New World. Through ought their journey, casks were exposed to the heat of the sun, naturally sweeting the wine it held.
Malt Master David C. Stewart has enjoyed times exploring the Madeira region and wines they produce, inspiring this experimentation of the cask type for finishing.