Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
84.98/100
votes
782
Whiskybase ID
WB38464
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
DoubleWood
Bottled
19.04.2013
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
American Oak and Sherry Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L34X 4488 1904
Barcode
5010327525822
Added on
05 dec 2012 12:16 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 320.74

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

69 users have left 76 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.98 points.

  1. Bembel scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Harmonious and balanced
    • Nose
      Full of sherry and vanilla. Fruity orange, honey sweetness, great integrated wood, spices and nuts.
      Plum compote will come later.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Then a spicy sharpness with wood aromas builds up. Very sweet with a lot of salivation. Dark dried fruits.
    • Finish
      medium length Spicy. Great oak notes and fruit.

  2. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 82 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. bankimate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    The nose rips it out, this one is gouty. The taste and finish are disappointing, however, which takes away from the whisky's appeal.

    N Mint, menthol, fruity, glue, grapefruit...becomes milder, vanilla, marzipan, lemon, honey, a few light blossoms, oranges take over the tone over time. Empty glass - lots of leather

    M
    Thin, weak, alcohol is integrated, slightly watery, not concise

    A
    Pleasantly fruity, wood comes a little later... but not too present. Disappears pretty quickly

  7. PRV scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  8. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    First of all, the nose may still be good for 17 years, but there is not much to rave about the palate and the finish. From the middle to wood-heavy he forces the conclusion: Too little whisky for the money. Sorry Balvenie. This bottle must be less than 90 €. Point
    • Nose
      Sweet floral nose, citrus and dark fruits, lemongrass, apple and raisins. Just delicate vanilla. Without a doubt, delicious standard nose for this age. But I expected more.
    • Taste
      With a lot of wood, it certainly delivers the fruit of the nose. Peppery mirabelle plums and forgiving nutty then goes into the spicy bitter transition ......
    • Finish
      In the middle it has nothing new to offer except a few dark fruit. Dominant wood makes it difficult to think of a backup bottle in the end. The 10cl sample was enough for me. Thanks for that to the yokes.

  9. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Malthead19 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    - super harmonious nose, but a little taste
    disappointing, but still very good (only I would have
    expected a little more)
    - with originally around 100 and currently around 150 € is mine
    Not worth price for the whisky
    • Nose
      Honey, creme brulee, vanilla, soft, sweet, harmonious, very round
    • Taste
      in spite of the very harmonious, round, soft first impression on the nose, but quite a powerful start, quite spicy, toffee, ginger, oak
    • Finish
      medium-long spicy finish;
      medium-long aftertaste

  11. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  14. keizerjos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The scent of apricots and freshly cut wood catches your nose at the first introduction. Banana too, dried tropical fruit. The taste is soft, sweet without being too sweet, with a spicy edge. This one is very tasty. In the aftertaste a pleasant combination of bitter and sour. The finish is long, warm, satisfying, with some faint dark chocolate and sweet tobacco. Topper.

  15. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A wonderfully harmonious, soft, mild single malt that "actually" should please everyone.
    Not cheap at around € 95, but you get a very pleasant Speysider.
    Unfortunately colored!
    • Nose
      soft, sweet, honey, a lot of vanilla, some citrus / orange, oak;
    • Taste
      mild, pleasant, creamy, vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee, honey, spices, ginger, spicy oak; well balanced;
    • Finish
      medium-long finish, creamy, vanilla-like and sweet, with a spicy European oak aftertaste and lots of milk chocolate;

  17. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 01-03-2020
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. IIIZIII scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2019.06.23
    • Nose
      Typical Balvenie honeyed vanilla. A little aldehyde, apple, pear. Reserved. Sweet honey. Milk chocolate, fudge
    • Taste
      A little sharp, more oaky. The smell does not really translates into the palate for me.
    • Finish
      Much more oaky than on the nose

  19. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The 12y DW is for me one of the most balanced standards in the range up to about 35 €. Measured by this (PLV) is the 17y DW for me a disappointment.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant and light red fruits, grapes, elastic, leather, prune, this nose is larger than 12 years and is more marked by sherry. In the background, vanilla, mirabelle, lemon. A tiny touch of peat to cement it all. fruity palate with plum, more on quetsche, sunburned blackberry, dried fig and anise biscuit. Fairly long finish, earthy but also fruity, heather earth, rich and heady aromas, almost vinous.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-balvenie-17-yo-doublewood.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Great stuff for people who drink some, but not a lot of whisky. Too soft-spoken and watered-down for more experienced drinkers. Highly quaffable but virtually no finish. Pity, because the nose is a stunner.
    • Nose
      Noses like the epitome of an older malt designed to provide easy access and please a large audience, and I don't mean that as a knock. It's a lovely nose, really, with balmy, saccharine wafts of marzipan, honey, raw cookie dough, biscuits, and gingerbread rolling in, layer upon layer. There's also a floral aspect, and the eponymous (double)wood is immediately palpable as well, expertly toeing the line between creamy-buttery bourbon and nutty-savory sherry influence. Noses even a bit older than 17 years, I'd say. The more time I spend with it, the more I like it. Yeah, it's still a bit consensus-seeking and I feel like I can almost smell the chill-filtration and the low(ish) ABV, but it's pretty much an olfactory feast. Subtle yet superb.
    • Taste
      Soft arrival with slight acidity, then fruity sweetness takes over on the mid-palate before giving way to malty biscuit notes and oak spices. As was to be expected, this is where the disappointing part comes in. The taste is too muted and the development too short, which is a pity after this nose. It's pretty at the death, when the measured oak influence shines through, but then it falls of a cliff.
    • Finish
      Sadly, none that merits mentioning. It's gone swiftly and leaves no trace, much like a mass-market blend at 40%. With much goodwill you can perhaps sense a faint echo of almonds, acidity and tannin. Really one hell of a front-loaded affair.

  22. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So I actually like the nose pretty well. But he is too tame in the mouth. So it's nice to drink. But I do not need a big bottle.
    • Nose
      Vanilla. Oranges. Candied orange peel. Apple compote with possibly a little cinnamon. Orange blossom honey. Brittle. Pear juice. Very discreetly some oak.
    • Taste
      Pretty mild and sweet. Again the orange blossom honey. Caramel. Raisin bread with a little butter. Some fig. Orange peel. Then nuts come and it gets spicier.
    • Finish
      The nuts stay. White coffee. Oak.

  23. valery77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Delicate, complex. Vanilla notes, wooden dust, freshly sawn board, aromas from the carpentry workshop, sweet fruit. The second wave - dried apricots and peaches, cinnamon, fresh newspaper, marshmallows, starch, sour wild berries, a little perfume. 22
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately dry (first sip, then sweeter). White pepper, oak tannins and other shades of the barrel, honey, custard, condensed milk, salted caramel, tropical fruits. 21
    • Finish
      Medium in duration, warming, a little astringent towards the end. Oak tannins dominate. 21

      Pleasant, rounded, balanced, pleasantly hardened whisky. Balance 22
      Total 86

  24. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Less fruit, more spices, maybe a bit too easy drinkable due to the 43%, takes time in the glass, necessarily make small sips, otherwise it will be slightly alcoholic, unlike the 12 more complex and deeper
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla pods, honey, old oak, butter, cider, fennel, pear
    • Taste
      85 85
      Honeydew melon, vanilla sugar, pandan, quince marmalade, anise, ginger, fennel, nutmeg
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium Long, Sweet and Bitter, Chocolate, Mint, Creamy, Soft

  25. Thebear scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Actually, a very tasty malt, if there was not this alcoholic note ... I get 86 points !!!
    • Nose
      Oak, vanilla, alcohol, light sweetness, faint notes of sherry and fruit
    • Taste
      Ginger, oak, vanilla, rum, bitter and sweet, dark fruits, sherry
    • Finish
      Medium length, Alcoholic notes, Dark fruits, Sherry, Vanilla

  26. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    18-03-2017 / 12-10-2017 / 09-10-2018
    • Nose
      75 75
      vanilla, honey
    • Taste
      77 77
      spices, vanilla, sherry
    • Finish
      76 76
      vanilla, honey, sherry

  27. ricallende scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very sweet, strawberry jam and icing sugar. vanilla,honey and sherry .
    • Taste
      Sherry, creamy vanilla dry fruits,apple pie and dry licorice.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry and spicy,caramel notes.

  28. Glen Krid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  29. Lorion scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Logical increase of the 12er, but too expensive. 81st
    • Nose
      Vanilla, sherry, seasoning, honey, herbs, oak. Quite a delicious nose.
    • Taste
      Like the nose comes here a lot together, unfortunately not very intense, but almost thin. Very pleasantly sweet and fruity with spicy oak in the dessert.
    • Finish
      Medium.

  30. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very beautiful, it gets watery in the mouth and the wood notes take over too fast, the finish is almost only wood, and much too much of it. Too bad, but with the Doublewood 17 I just do not get warm. There is much better for a cheaper price.
    • Nose
      fragrant-sweet-intense-harmonious, vanilla, honey, a lot of dark chocolate sauce, biscuits, beautiful soft woody notes, light orange + lemon, honeycombs, powdered sugar, warm apple pie, apple juice, ginger, after a while fruity with pineapple and plums, mint
    • Taste
      silky, watery, orange, lemon, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, espresso, getting sharper, vanilla crisps, strong roasted hazelnuts, the bittern notes are getting stronger, black tea
    • Finish
      spicy and burning, espresso, pepper, burnt toast, light mint

  32. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  34. fileosoph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. Rom scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Fruity nose, apple, almond, caramel. We find the almond in the mouth, the texture is watery and the medium a little tingling. Long finish on nuts and praline. Nothing exceptional even if this whisky is well done. We can feel the influence of Sherry with the dominance of dried fruits.

  38. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad whisky on it's own. Some good sherry influence and a solid malt core. The 43% gives it a noticeable boost without any added burn. The age keeps the sherry influence in the whisky, too. So, it's an improvement on the 12 y.o. The price is a bit steep, for me, as there are plenty of other sherry cask matured whiskies that give the same experience at a lower price. I recommend Glenfarclas 15 or 18.
    • Nose
      Citrus and malt, lemon meringue and dried figs, baked apples, vanilla and toffee, soft spices (cinnamon and coriander) 
    • Taste
      Soft sherry and oak tannins, brown sugar and dry fruits (cherries, raisins, figs, papaya), touch of malt, vanilla and cinnamon
    • Finish
      Light butterscotch, hint of floral honey and anise seed fading to faint rice pudding

  39. Wolv scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting balance. I miss the cask strength, because the flavors are reduced fast.
    • Nose
      Waxy apple, raspberry, plum, caramel, acacia honey, vanilla, cinnamon and oak
    • Taste
      Sherry, vanilla, apple, orange, honey, dry oak, pepper and ginger
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, dry, spicy

  41. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    More substantial nose than the 12 year old, this time fresh Apricots and their Flowers. Vanilla and Toffee have come to the party as well. There is a slight vegetal note, could be some Artichoke. The flavour is a lot more settled and balanced. A tad sweeter and the oak has mellowed significantly. On the palatte the Apricots are slightly green, thus a little sour. Adding water brings it closer to the 12 year old. Water makes it younger! Why doesn’t that work with me? Not many changes in flavour. A lighter mouthfeel for sure and a long, drying finnish. It makes me wonder if Balvenies generally don’t swim well?

  42. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose:- Delicious toffee and caramel, refine and almost too delicate, mellow and mild red apple sweetness with soothing vanilla and faint wood. Smell still delicious, missing the boldness as I would expect and pay for a 17.Palate:- Good medium weight, soft and tame. Americano and honey mouthfeel, hints of toasted oak at the tail. Easy drinking.Finish:- Nice one here. Long and smooth, spiciness building up over time, still gentle and gum tickling, drying out. Above average, lacked complexity and authority.— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  43. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, we can smell the floral side, then the scent of wood and caramelized vanilla.
    On the palate, the bourbon cask stands out with a caramelized woody scent, it's sweet alcohol level.
    In the finish, medium length with hints of light spices, vanilla.

    Better return than 21 Portwood, with this subtle floral side!

  44. Landryn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  45. ApricotOne scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. Glenladdie scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. Dieter_W scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A Balvinie for over 100 € was too decent or too smooth.
    For the price, I simply expect more independence and character.
    Tasty, complex and tasty. Just too much of a good thing. blind tasting
    • Nose
      very complex, powerful and fruity - full aroma of gooseberry, peach - oranges - honey - tangerines - mango.
    • Taste
      First impression, sweet and creamy again this full aroma of bright fruits - a lot of vanilla - also some wood can be seen.
    • Finish
      very - very short in the end and a bit bitter but nice part.

  48. rottendon scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I think that's a NAS. The nose is pimped, clean but boring. The taste confirms that. Nevertheless, one can drink it well, nothing is special.

    Suspected age: 8 years NAS, a few older, more drained casks seem to be there.

    Assumed price: 40, - €

    Assumed strength: 40%

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Sherry influence right at the beginning and smoke again? After a short life, the nose remains sherrylastig, only with a lot of imagination can be made out perhaps a little vanilla. The nose is quite dense and creamy. A few herbs and some menthol are the only thing that disturbs the dried fruit. Warms even denser, otherwise no change. Maybe something herbaceous ...
    • Taste
      Very mild onset, the sweet looks a bit bitterness dominates here, but it does not look metallic.
    • Finish
      Only in the finish he develops his strength, but then goes very fast. Again, the focus is on the bitterness.

  49. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  50. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The smell immediately convinces and plays a different note with each breath. The taste and the finish can not quite keep up with the nose. Here a little bit the depth is missing. A whisky that does not hurt anyone, but also does not lead anyone to unexpected heights.

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      Elegant wine notes, bright cherries, orange, woodruff, a few drops of lemon juice, passion fruit, a hint of cinnamon
    • Taste
      A very soft and rather light body, gentle onset, orange, malt, a little oak, lemon cake, a little vanilla, the orange remains dominant
    • Finish
      a mild warming finish, again some orange and some oak, grapes, a touch of rosemary

  51. Shane_IL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    or me it just didn't work. I'm no huge fan of Balvenie to begin with and this felt unbalanced and rough.

    Tasted blind as part of the 2016 Tapuz Blind Tasting Competition.

    Reviewed on my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/04/19/balvenie-17-double-cask-blind/
    • Nose
      Raspberry powder. Orange sherbert. Waxy fruit. Nutty wood. Toasted oats.
    • Taste
      Aggressive. Lots of pepper. Dry wood. More toasted oats. Nutty sherry. Seville oranges. Bit of an acrid superglue note.
    • Finish
      Medium. Bitter wood. Cacao. Dry sherry. Honey. Nutty wood. Pepper.

  52. d1scostu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      95 95

  54. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Way better than the 12 yo doublewood!

  55. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry and vanilla are very present.
    • Taste
      A well balanced mix of sherry, oak, caramel, fruits and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium and dry.

  56. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  57. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The elder sibling to DoubleWood 12yo shares its honeyed and spicy
    characteristics, but shows more depth and complexity. The 5 more years
    give it extra richness without being overpowered by the oak. There's
    deeper vanilla notes, red berries fruit, creamy toffee and more
    intriguing spice which make it a truly memorable dram. Exceptionally
    smooth with an outstanding finish. It's the significant price difference
    to the famous 12 year old expression why this excellent Balvenie
    polarises the whisky community.

    I thank Joe Seidel from Joe's Malt Shop for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Deep and rich, with lots of vanilla, delicate Acacia honey, and dark
      ripe fruit - blackcurrant in particular. Elegant and complex oak and
      liquorice spice mingle with lingering marzipan, cinnamon, red berry
      juice and a touch of malt.
    • Taste
      Bold, fine-textured and sweet with dried fruits and red berries. Massive
      spices arrive with marzipan, cinnamon and oak, layered with a richness
      of creamy vanilla, toasted almonds and a hint of cocoa. A velvety and
      warm mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and gentle with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and
      Acacia honey. Creamy and spicy sweetness with smooth cinnamon lingering
      towards the end. A glorious finish!

      WITH WATER: Water tames a bit
      the richness of this dram in the nose with vanilla, red fruit and toffee
      being the main flavours here. On the palate there's a creamy sweetness
      with honey, vanilla, gooseberry and delicate spice - cinnamon, marzipan
      and crisp oak. The finish shows medium length with fruity and honeyed
      sweetness, turning into a slightly dry and warming end.

  58. FC Sunderland scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      green apple, vanilla, floral
    • Taste
      oaky vanilla, malted barley (obviously), caramel
    • Finish
      not very long lasting. Warming and soft

  59. FC Sunderland scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  60. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It is better than the
    12 Year old, especially on the nose, but not so much on the palate and finish.
    The wood was a bit too active if you ask me.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet on
      rosewater, oranges juice and plums, followed by lime, apple skins and sultanas.
      Quite
      some vanilla. Finally some green grapes and toffee. Pleasant without being grand. The nose is somewhat shy, I would say.
    • Taste
      It is light on the
      palate, but fruity. Loads of plums and oranges, even quite zesty, but also a
      lot of wood influence. Ginger and pepper. Apricots and nuts reveal themselves midpalate, but then it suddenly also
      turns a touch bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium
      long on coconut and plums, but the wood is simply too loud and that is a pity.

  61. Koloman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    "With this outstanding single malt, David Stewart has given a new lease on life to the legendary double-wood process, with its mild and sweet vanilla notes, which has been maturing in American oak barrels for many years, then in European oak sherry casks for several months he enriched with a wealth of aromas and spice notes. " (Official Tasting Notes)
    • Nose
      "Oak, vanilla, a touch of green apple". (Official Tasting Notes)
    • Taste
      "Sweet-spicy, balanced, with dried fruits, toasted almonds and cinnamon, creamy toffee notes, nuances of oak and vanilla notes". (Official Tasting Notes)
    • Finish
      "Warm and long lasting". (Official Tasting Notes)

  62. fradin11 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  63. WhiskyCask did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The doublewood 17 - A song of oak and sherry......

    My full review is at:   http://maltandoak.com/double-balvenie-a-song-of-oak-and-sherry/

  64. Jaydee scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. whiskyroma scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  66. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm honey and green apples.
    • Taste
      Warm winter spices, vanilla and honeysuckle.
    • Finish
      Gloriously long with notes of vanilla and honey.

  67. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  68. Koloman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    At least 43% (unlike the 12yo) ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013 - Gold Medal - Scotch Single Malt - Speyside 

    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 - Gold Outstanding - Scotch Single Malt - Speyside 

  70. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is clearly the best part and scores high in the 80s. The taste makes a lesser impression, partly because it has been diluted too much.
    • Nose
      First candy like wine gum and marshmallow. Then toffee, plum, apricot, lime, vanilla, raisin and cocoa. Eventually hay and a slightly meaty touch as well.
    • Taste
      Toffee, plum, raisin, mocha and cranberry. Now the sherry influence prevails, although there's some peach, vanilla grapefruit as well. Pretty watery, that's a pity.
    • Finish
      The apricot prominently returns. Also cocoa, mocha, toffee, cherry and plum.

  71. ricallende scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  72. numen scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      A little bit richer than the 12 with all the same basic cereal, malt,
      honey, and ginger notes. Pepper and more resin than wax. Vanilla
      frosting. Powdered sugar. Green apple juice and something sour. A touch
      more fruit -- only a little. Raisin/golden grape. Not the most distinct.
      I'm getting more notes, but they're way in the margins (of the nose).
      Slight step up from the 12.
    • Taste
      Thick on entry. Honey, toffee, ginger, and malty. Then there's a lot of
      bitter wood. The wood isn't huge in a general sense, but it's dominant.
      Again, not bad, but it leaves me wondering, "... and what?"
    • Finish
      About the same as the 12 - malty, sweet, stale ginger. Uninspired. It's a
      hair better than the 12, but with the probably price difference, I
      doubt that this is worth it and you can do better anyway.

  73. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Love it!
    • Nose
      Very complex. Vanilla, honey and oranges. Some oak.Simply overwhelming!
    • Taste
      Mellow, sweet and creamy. Little more oak, some cinamon.
    • Finish
      Spicy and sweet. Wonderful combination of vanilla and sherry fruits. Not dry at all. 

  74. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, honey, raisins, plumjam, vanilla, cardamom and dry hay. Vanilla sweet taste, orange, mint, cardamom, malt and burnt almonds. Medium long, malty, spicy and fruity end.

  75. Titi94 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA: 

    Aroma: Elegant and complex notes of oak, vanilla, honey sweetness and a hint of green apple.

    Taste: Sweet with dried fruits, sorbet sweetness, toasted almonds and cinnamon, creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and vanilla.

    Finish: Oak with vanilla, honey and spicy sweetness.

    Comments: This bottling of Balvenie is matured in two different casks: American Oak barrels for the slightly sweet vanilla notes and in European oak sherry for the deep fruit flavors.

  76. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Balvenie announced the launch of a new
    expression: The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood to commemorate Malt
    Master David Stewart`s 50th anniversary.

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