- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 17 years old
- American Oak and Sherry Oak
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- Added on
- 18 Sep 2012 5:18 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.61 points
- Inventory: 3 pcs. Bought in August 2013 at the whisky exchange for 650,87 kr. PCS.
- Quite fruity, honeyed and complex but too wood-driven. Expected more
- Overall: There's only one big
disappointment about this whisky. And that's that when David Stewart finally
decides hang up his blending coat, one wonders just where the distillery will be
without his undisputed talents to make whiskies as great this - will this be
the last one from the Stewart stable?
We hope not. Based on the qualities of this
release, William Grant & Sons should think about investing in a way to
cryogenically freeze him. Balvenie DoubleWood 30, 40 and 50 year olds anyone??
A wonderful note of syrup-covered
soft fruit hits first - think strawberries, blueberries and gooseberry, mixed
with golden syrup, rich honey and brown sugar - with aromas like this, it could
rot your teeth from 20 yards away! Given time, the vanilla notes emerge with
fresh cherries, some kirsch notes and a hint of woody spice. Superbly balanced
and unquestionably a Balvenie.
Spices galore (clove, cinnamon and
a touch of chilli) mix with fresh apple juice, brown sugar, fat juicy raisins
and sweet malt. Absolutely wonderful stuff - as drinkable as the 12 year old,
but with more refinement, complexity and wisdom.
Some citrus notes develop late on
the palate, with a darker malt note, (extract) rich bittersweet cocoa and
freshly roasted coffee beans.