Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
17 years old
American Oak and Sherry Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L34X 4488 1904
Added on
05 Dec 2012 12:16 pm

Average value

€ 114,01

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.79 points

  1. 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

  2. amann1 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

  3. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Supportive and light Sherry, grapes, elastic, leather, prune, fruity mouth with plum, long finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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

  8. 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

  9. Bj0rnp1 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

  10. 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.


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