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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 17-year-old
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.94 points
- I was a bit hyped with this one since was recommended by Jim Murray himself, and I have to say I was disappointed at first. My first dram was boring, bitter, even my palad felt asleep with the alcohol, and the finish was unnoticeable. I've tried it a few times since then, with more rest time and water and I have to say that has grew up on me. Is a nice dram with the proper rest time, but not as great as is sold.
Mainly walnut, a bit grainy, some honey, sweet and fruity, and a slightly smoke scent.
Sharp at the beggining, nutty, slightly alcoholic, some wood notes, spicy but fruity, sweet.
Short, some sweetness, nutty, smoke (very light) and it's done.
- In the oak tidy oak, heavy and hearty. Ripe fruits, apples, spices.
The taste is a little sweeter, the oak retreats, but the spiciness remains.
That's not really complex. The longer I taste, the more ordinary it becomes.
You can drink it well. Nice aroma. He then leaves something to taste ...
- Easy to drink, best to drink neat. It gets better once open up.
Moderate Fruit nose, vanilla, banana
Light body, sweet, fruity, reminds me of bourbon.
- Another multi-medal blend, voted best whiskey in the world 2011 by Jim Murray. Delicate and very slightly peaty. No point of attachment that will make something memorable.
Sweetish vanilla flavor. Smells like a whiskey that is finished. Also smells like a whiskey that is fuller, but still slightly flavored.
Very soft whiskey with a finish that builds up slowly. Starts spicy, which disappears into the back of the throat. Then comes a bit of a vanilla tint that lingers as a finish. There is also a bit of a woody taste in the aftertaste.
- A blend by Pernod Ricard comprising over 40 single malts & single grains, using a recipe ‘that has remained practically unchanged since it was first made in the 1930s’ - so ‘they’ say. There’s plenty of Glenburgie and Miltonduff in the main. It was Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year in 2011 and is currently selling for around £49 [Apr ’17].N: Plenty of aromatic Indian spices briefly on first opening before talc notes [Nick on great form], yeasty chocolate, some smoke and vanilla [of course]. Settles down as generally salty, chocolatey & fruity a while later.
T: Quite a thin arrival though with a decent spread/coverage. As a blend using over 40 different components, inevitably it tastes rather generalised and yet it’s also rather moorish, offering the palate a sugary-dry toasted-ness with a chewy-chocolate tastiness - so job done really. It would appear that this Ballantine's [batch at least], is reliant on a significant number of refill casks which helps to bring some breadth & colour complexity compared to the more modern style, wood driven blends [Dewar’s 18], and drives home that ‘practically unchanged’ older style.
F: Short as it goes, on a chocolate-milky-maltiness with a rounded grain element - the grain giving firm yet unobtrusive support.
C: Very nice from the start though it becomes rather more simple as it goes on. I’d say this was the most considered blend of the night though just outshone by the Dewar’s that followed. Blog.
Scores a C[+]