Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Very Old Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
17 years old
Oak Barrels
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
One Part Label
Added on
17 jan 2014 12:54 pm by alex_p

Average value

€ 145.00

4 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

61 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ballantine's 17-year-old

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.70 points.

  1. markus81 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    little peat, soft nutty, reminiscent of nougat and citrus marmalade

    slightly burnt, bitter and persistent nuttiness. reminiscent of very dark chocolate. earthy tone, bit like a naughty bear

  2. Simon Stood scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior


  3. Matt80 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very complex, tasty, light and very enjoyable!
    • Nose
      Digestive biscuits, shortbread, malt, honey, floral, lots of creamy vanilla, quite light and fragrant, heather, herbal, gingerbread.

      With water - creme brulee, vanilla custard but with strong vanilla, spice.
    • Taste
      Quite complex, very floral, oaky, wood spice, lots of grain, quite powerful even at 43%, ginger, curry, with time there is a decent hit of wood smoke.

      With water - wood much more prominent with oak and wood spice, herbal.
    • Finish
      Medium/long, floral, oak is the lasting note, curry, spice, smoke.

      With water - woodier, less floral.

  4. Safran scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    light and pleasant, with correct hints of smoke. Aftertaste is quiet short, but not bad for a blend.  If you take it after good single malt, it seems to simple and bit blank. But really good as a blend. Worth a attention, but we have some issues with price here, I can buy decent entry level single malt for that price. Anyway, I count it as "good blend" - let's take it aside with very good Nikka from the barrel and Hibiki blends.
    • Nose
       light aroma of honey and flowers
    • Taste
      significant smoke comes first and becomes more present in the end, some hints of sweet oily honey, vanilla and saltiness. In the end we have more honey, heather and smoky pepper.
    • Finish
       medium. Good for a blend. Notes of oak and smoke.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘A Treasure Hunt Blend’

    N: Similar profile to the ‘Finest’ with more clout. Yeasty, tomatoey, and im detecting cheese again - a touch of Stilton with Gruyere and parmesan. Oily, more olive oil than anything, more than a faint and inviting suggestion of citrus, salt, thick green grass, cloves, aniseed, lots of grain action, and mild banana/set-honey sweet with buttery oat biscuits. Earthy definitely with a touch of peat?, perhaps yes and grapefruit juice running along side the savoury sweetness. Very comforting, well rounded with complexity.

    T: Initially a rather innocuous opening gambit, peppery and spirit led but as you let it develop in the mouth it solidifies and creams up. [not dissimilar to making béchamel sauce], but with more a taste of buttercream.  Its a rather soft malt experience on the palate, but this is a refreshing change from time to time and certainly a moorish lip smacking one. Its malty and buttery with a good amount of oak and some slightly fuzzy fresh earthy notes to follow. Grapefruit/orange/melon juice toy with the sweeter gentle grain for as long as you can keep it in your mouth - try seventeen seconds.

    F: Lots of sweet fennel/onions and bitter sweet grapefruit balanced with vanilla, marshmallows and cream pastries brought on some 'dad noises’. Theres a lot of chewing on the finish which is unusual. Theres also lots of grain showing here and as a grain fan its no problem for me. Its a soft presence but a distinct one nevertheless - North of Scotland perhaps, or Dumbarton? According to wikipedia at time of writing, ‘The Ballantine's flavour is dependent on 50 single malts, four single grains and in particular the fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie’ - so theres some complexity here for sure, grain and otherwise. Toasted hazelnuts appeared tow hours later.

    C: Far more challenging than ‘The Finest’ and in so many ways more rewarding.  Unusually, the development to finish far outweighs the nose and arrival.  I tried this some time ago as a rookie and thought it was lovely, nothing more.  Coming back to it with more knowledge and experience its been a wonderful return.  Ralfy says, ‘this is an education’ and in fact its a ‘treasure hunt’ blend - much to discover here if you have the inclination. Definitely one to throw in a blind tasting session to test the single malt prejudice. 

    Scores a B+

  6. HunterRomario scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I'm giving my friend a try to say, "It's like Walker or Ballantine when you put in a pub ..."
    Mixes of decent work, but nothing more.
    It is really necessary to consider whether the slight addition of taste and small smell is proportional to the price of roughly a thousand crown higher than Finest.
    Stoner me, stoner, but declare the best whiskey of 2011 and award 97,5b for 2012 as a spit in the face of those who produce really good whiskey. The question here is how much Jimik got for it, if nothing, probably mature on a tight-fitting jacket.
    • Nose
      In a fairly decent scent, full of nuts, malt, in direct comparison with Ballantinka Finest is richer, but not much. I have much to look for in the glass and to concentrate.
    • Taste
      I'm tasting the whole euphoria ... and the miracle is not happening. Typical blend, woody, malt, even Finest taste is almost as good.


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