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Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
86.35/100
votes
103
Whiskybase ID
WB10235
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Madeira Cask
Vintage
1992
Bottled
08.2009
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Madeira Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010327525761
Added on
19 Aug 2009 10:59 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 670.72

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103 × member ratings

336 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.35 points

  1. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Overall this Balvenie has so much depth and layers of flavor that I can't help but love every sip of it. It has the consistent characteristics of great Balvenie expressions but gets a fantastic boost of spicy flavor from the Madeira finish. I wish I had another :( :(
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very clean and slightly floral, light honey but still a long depth of sweetness and touch of spice
    • Taste
      88 88
      Upfront crisp honey sweetness that quickly transforms into spicy oak notes and a subtle dryness. carrying all the way through with an amazing creaminess and relatively thick viscosity.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is fantastically long and carries the spicy madeira notes all the way throughout. Creating a great layering that seems to last extremely well into the next sip.

  2. Landryn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. PeterCr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Whisky is consistent (spiceness of nose comes through in the taste as well). Could have a bit more dynamics on the taste but overall has a medium complexity and is pretty much matching expectations (finish could have been a bit more exciting in my view).

    Balance score = 23

    Total score = 86/100
    • Nose
      Medium and balanced impact on the nose with some sweet and spice. Dried fruits, some tickling citrus, spices (cinnamon maybe nutmeg?), some oak. Quite complex and appealing.

      Nose score = 23
    • Taste
      Full bodied, mouthwarming warm greasy texture, quite spicy (pepper, maybe nutmeg, some vanilla). Nice complexity with some sweet raisins coming through in the end. Appealing but on the hot side.

      Taste score = 23
    • Finish
      Medium  and quite dry finish, which doesn't have a load of dynamics. Quite spicy/hot followed by some nice sweetness (honey) and maybe even some licorice. Appealing finish but not too special. Expected a bit more dynamic in the finish.

      Finish score = 17

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Comments and Tasting Notes by Balvenie;

    Madeira Cask

    AGED 17 YEARSThe Balvenie Madeira Cask was aged exclusively in traditional American oak whisky casks before being transferred to barrels previously used in the production of fortified Madeira wine.TASTING NOTESNOSERich, deep and complex. Spicy, earthy oak notes with subtle hints of vanilla and honey. Soft fruit aromas, a slow baked apple infused with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.TASTE The deep, luxurious aromas translate into an equally rewarding flavour. Initial sweet vanilla oak notes gradually develop into rich spices and dried fruits (apricots, figs, dates).FINISHExceptionally long and an intriguing balance of sweetness and dry oakiness.

  7. squaadgras scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Beautiful aromas of blackberries, ripe nectarine, caramel,
      apple, honey, vanilla, raisins and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg
    • Taste
      Very harmonious'' marriage''
      between the flavors of the fruit with spicy and vanilla notes.
    • Finish
      Soft and warm with recurrent
      aromas of fruit with hints of vanilla and dried herbs.

  9. D3US scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I would have preferred some more varied flavors here, maybe some added spice. Still not bad at all though. Very drinkable, this won't be disliked by anyone. Yet, there's something missing to my opinion.
    • Nose
      Fruity and sweet. Apples perhaps, pears maybe. Some malt and vanilla to add sweetness. Not sharp at all, very easy on the nose. Hard to pick up more flavors though, making this a little more complex.
    • Taste
      Very accessible again, not a tax on the taste buds. Quite sweet from vanilla, a teaspoon of honey and fruit. More berry-like fruits this time, adding to the sweetness but with a fresh edge. Warming, a bit of spice now and some lovely malt here. 
    • Finish
      Still very warming. Vanilla is dominant, the fruit in the background keeps it from getting overly sweet. Quite long lasting.

  10. Jonkers scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of the better Balvenies !
    • Nose
      Vanilla and malt. Honey and fresh fruit (green apples)
    • Taste
      Very, very sweet because of the presence of lots of honey. Also caramel and a hint of pineapple. Slightly spicy
    • Finish
      Longlasting. First slightly bitter but after that sweet like fruit-candies.

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