Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
87.50/100
votes
28
Whiskybase ID
WB192972
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Week of Peat
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
49.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
The Balvenie Stories
Bottle code
L34E 4253100310 19:58
Barcode
04601234567893
Added on
04 oct 2021 9:41 am by BatchOne
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 123.47

26 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

80 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.50 points.

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Plain, some sweetness here and there but nothing more than watered-down peat. Very soft, light and lacks any bit of complexity. Just a drinker with nothing much to rave. Not £115 worthy, maybe half.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

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  3. springtank scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2022] I had a dram during a tasting session at the distillery. This is truly a fine combo of the excellent Balvenie malt profile with moderate peat notes and I really enjoyed it, not kidding. Full stop.

    But why the hell the world needs another peated Speyside dram when there are so many excellent peated Island (and other) whiskies out there? And why the hell one of the best Speyside malts goes for peat when it is very hard to get a hand on it's non-peated classic editions anyway (like the 21-years old port wood which is one of my favourites). Sorry, I do not get this.

    This dram is very tasty and easy quaffable without doubt but nonetheless I prefer any Island dram over this when it comes to peated malt. There is a nice German saying which perfectly describes this situation: "Schuster, bleib bei Deinen Leisten!" Hard to translate, but literally it means "stick to your skills and what you are known for - and do try new things just because they are in fashion right now".

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blind it tasted like a lighter ex-bourbon version of a mid-strength Caol Ila with cut-out briney-ness. Not too shabby and I actually like this one better than the 'Peat Week' from 2018, definitely with a longer finish and more refined, not only a layer of smoke added on top of a (otherwise.. ;-) perfectly fine Balvenie unpeated. Maybe it comes down to the higher age? Anyhow, I enjoyed it, probably just too expensive for what it is?!

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