🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 Today I feel like comparing. And what's best to compare than two outstanding drams? Both #TheMacallan #Ruby and #TheBalvenie 15yo #SherryCask were reviewed individually sometime ago, so if you haven't read about them, take a break and check them out. If you're no rookie here, move on!
1. COLOR: neither uses artificial coloring, being that aspect originated only by barrel quality and the time the whisky has spent inside it. Amazingly to me, both have the exact same tone. I've tried several lights and surfaces to compare and they look the same, so if you're planing on comparing as I did, be sure to know what's on each glass!
2. AROMAS: Ruby presents gracious notes of spices, pepper, cinnamon and some honey. Balvenie presents a lighter and sweeter scent, like bananas, brown sugar, ripe oranges and some apricot. The end reveals something of wood. It's important to point out the absence of alcohol on both, but it's more amazing on Balvenie due to his higher ABV.
3. TASTE: ruby shows oranges, nutmegs, cinnamon, honey and a mild pepper. Balvenie on the other hand, shows banana again, cinnamon, nutmeg, some pepper and milked chocolate.
4. FINISH: Ruby has a honeyed flavor lingering. It endures for a long time on your mouth alongside oranges and pepper. Balvenie has a long finish, with brown sugar, chocolate and ripe fruits.
The result is that they're both high quality whiskys, but they each have their price to be paid. While Balvenie can be found costing € 130, Ruby is not likely to be found for less than €170. Even though I prefer Ruby, my suggestion is to start with Balvenie, which is a remarkable whisky to begin your sherry adventures! To wrap this review, one thing I've considered is that their color is the same, but Ruby has no age statement and Balvenie does. If Ruby has lesser ABV, it means it was more diluted in water. Therefore, to maintain its color equal to a 15yo whisky, it may have a higher portion of first fill sherry casks in its composition or he has spent more years in them. What's your opinion on the matter? I hope you share them with me! #Slainte!