Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
17 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 Feb 2014 10:51 am by lucero

Average value

€ 75.14

4 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

198 × in collection

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

  1. rolabob scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. Alpinoc scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Mainly walnut, a bit grainy, some honey, sweet and fruity, and a slightly smoke scent.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sharp at the beggining, nutty, slightly alcoholic, some wood notes, spicy but fruity, sweet.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short, some sweetness, nutty, smoke (very light) and it's done.

  3. hahaexcellent scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. whiscratch scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    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 ...

  6. Jeig scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Easy to drink, best to drink neat. It gets better once open up.
    • Nose
      Moderate Fruit nose, vanilla, banana
    • Taste
      Light body, sweet, fruity, reminds me of bourbon. 
    • Finish
      Short finish. 

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.
    Enthusiasm 3/5

  8. 19dave91 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweetish vanilla flavor. Smells like a whiskey that is finished. Also smells like a whiskey that is fuller, but still slightly flavored.
    • Taste
      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.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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[+]

  10. jankes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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


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