Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rum Cask
Stated Age
17 years old
Jamaican Rum Cask
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6S 6852 1108
Added on
31 Jul 2008 8:58 am

Average value

€ 608.88

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76 × member ratings

281 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.61 points

  1. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    like the 17 Peated Cask, this is a very elegantly crafted whisky. They don’t seem ‘thrown together’ at all (Like I imagined they would), the prices are a little silly though.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Young wine vinegar. Deep vanilla, touch of sea air and tired oak. Nutmeg, pecan pie, light linens.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy oak, vanilla gelato and paprika. Bit of fruitcake and a touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Chocolaty and smooth. Juicy fruit gum, oak, allspice, creamy vanilla, toffee. Black licorice and linens come together.

  2. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I liked this, the palate was better than the nose.

    Worth trying.
    • Nose
      At first nosing it smells  like cheese mixed with dark honey and marmalade. I then get a few lime notes (like chocolate lime sweets)
    • Taste
      Fruity and delicate on cherry, lime, mango and kiwi fruit. There is also some creaminess.

      It also has a few biscuit notes and cream.
    • Finish
      approaching medium but fades a little quick.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Comments and Tasting Notes by Balvenie;


    AGED 17 YEARSThe Balvenie RumCask 17 Year Old was matured in traditional oak casks before spending a second period of maturation in rum casks shipped from Jamaica.TASTING NOTESNOSEA vibrant aroma with intense floral and fruity notes. Orange peel, lavender, coconut and a hint of ground nut oil.TASTEBeautifully sweet with characteristic Balvenie vanilla notes backed up with subtle spiciness of cinnamon and silky oak.FINISHExceptionally smooth and long lasting.

  6. Taps803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    After doing a side by side of the 17yrs this one and the New Wood have moved up into my top 5 of favorite whisky.

    I then went and did a Rum Cask sampling of 17yr, and the 14yrs... Cuban,Golden,Caribbean... I truly think the 17yr is something special and I wish Balvenie would think about this some more and put out a 17yr rum cask.

  7. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great paints.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, some raisins and some light rum notes. A lot of honey.
    • Taste
      Wildflower honey, incredibly sweet, no false mark.
    • Finish
      Nice finish, a touch of spice, but delicious.

  8. Igor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tropical vegetation, orchard, lacquers, tannic, leather, berries, cherry preserve, confection.
    • Taste
      Spiced, pungent. Nuts, herbs, green banana, tart peach, ginger, mineral saltiness.
    • Finish
      Citric zest, unripe apricots, lime, salt, freshness of a coastal beach, sea breeze almost, hint of beeswax.

  9. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A complex nose with lots of vanilla. Sweet and warming on the palate. The rum finish is very well integrated. A definite improvement over the 14yo rum finish Balvenie. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88


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