Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Cask
Stated Age
17 years old
Oak Casks + Islay Casks Matured
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 nov 2007 5:24 pm

Average value

€ 621.51

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.62 points.

  1. Malthead19 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Color gold

    - the smoke is particularly noticeable in the taste
    - different but not better than the Balvenie 17 J. Double
    - different and also interesting for a Balvenie,
    - with the current price to drink definitely too much
    • Nose
      restrained, fruity, very slightly smoky, green apple, young and tangy (absolutely does not smell like 17 years of age) aftertaste
    • Taste
      - Significantly more smoke than in the nose, vanilla, orange, spice, something peppery afterwards
    • Finish
      medium-long, spicy, peppery finish;
      medium-long, slightly smoky aftertaste

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a BALVENIE bottling from 2003:
    I feel the subtle smoke in the taste and finish. It is a beautiful, aromatic and quite complex whisky, which despite its "only" 43% has an intense effect.
    [Color] = gold;
    • Nose
      restrained, fruity (ripe apples, yellow fruits), mild, sweet, honey, vanilla;
    • Taste
      full-bodied and fruity in the beginning, subtle smoke aromas throughout, ripe oranges, caramel, spice (pepper), maturity, complexity;
    • Finish
      medium-long finish, fruity (orange), light smoke, some oak;

  3. Kaysersdråber scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Behavior - clearly after apple juice with tang and salt notes.
    • Taste
      Salt, leather & forest honey. Later peat with an accompanying rather than dominant smokiness.
    • Finish
      Lively, accented aftertaste, aromatic, slightly smoky. Orange peel is now becoming clear.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty whisky with a slight but noticeable peat influence.
    • Nose
      light smoke, sherry, oak, currants, quite light, but still spicy, a bit of campfire is also there.
    • Taste
      mild, gentle, the peat is there, not overwhelming, a bit burned, grassy, oak and tart sherry flavors.
    • Finish
      Tart, slightly bitter, slightly sourish fruitiness, dense smoke, slightly musty finish, but not unpleasant.

  6. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Balenie finished in some Islay casks. Balvenie and smoke aren't as unharmonic as it may sound (just my opinion).Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, fruits (apples and some yellow fruits), hints of oranges, honey, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Smoke, caramel, fruits, hints of oranges, honey, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Oak, smoke, salt, fruits, some salt.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky and sweet, honey. spicy, cinnamon. vanilla. orange, hint of anise
    • Taste
      Full, creamy, peppery, salmiak / lakrisal. Also sweet, honey, caramel. Orange.
    • Finish
      Medium, salmiak, light peppermint, honey.

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    it would have been much more interesting at 46% I think.
    Enthusiasm 3/5 (on two sips during a tasting evening) Whisky n ° 1305
    • Nose
      it starts a little "soft knee", and then it settles in the delicate and fluffy style of Balvenie. I hardly feel the peat ... A little hazelnut.
    • Taste
      Creamy, nice
    • Finish

  10. AAA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Body: a touch of syrupiness in the middle.
    • Nose
      Restrained, but distinct, seaweed and salt.
    • Taste
      Honeyed,then some peaty smokiness. The smokiness is enwrapping, rather than attacking , as it might be in an Islay malt.
    • Finish
      Fragrantly smoky. Orangey flavours emerge. Lively,emphatic finish.

  12. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  13. spigray did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from whiskyfun says:Serge from Whiskyfun says:

    17 yo 'Islay Cask' (43%, OB) An
    interesting 94-casks cuvee I had never
    tasted before - I know I'm a little late.
    Some loved it, some hated it. It's been
    finished for 6 months in some Islay casks
    - some say it was Ardbeg, some others
    say Laphroaig, and the last said it was
    a blend of various distilleries, including
    Lagavulin. Some have also argued this
    one isn't a single malt anymore, but rather
    a vatting of different distilleries. Well,
    let's just check what 'the glass' says.
    Colour: pure gold. Nose: very earthy,
    with lots of gentian spirit - I love that
    - melted with Balvenie's typical honeyed
    notes. Beautiful, I think. Hints of vanilla
    cream and dried orange. Mouth: surprisingly
    peated, like if somebody had just poured
    twenty bottles of Ardbeg into each cask.
    Quite smoky - and even salty. Again, hints
    of gentian (roots) and liquorice, added
    to the sweet, honeyed notes. Long and
    beautiful finish. What a great balance!
    90 points.

  14. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Comments and Tasting Notes by Balvenie;


    AGED 17 YEARSIn the making of The Balvenie IslayCask, David Stewart selected Balvenie single malt which had matured in traditional oak casks for at least 17 years and transferred it into 94 casks which had previously held Islay single malt. After six months he felt the casks had imparted the desired delicate amount of peaty notes, typical of Islay, whilst retaining the distinctively honeyed character of The Balvenie. The Balvenie IslayCask was bottled in 2001 and the late Michael Jackson, world renowned whisky expert and author of The Malt Whisky Companion, wrote the following about it:TASTING NOTESNOSERemarkably smoky aroma: lingering and soft, but also with some sweetness. Evokes thoughts of steam trains and garden bonfires. Some leafy, ferny, notes.TASTEAgain, soft, with some of the same smoky sweetness. Like sugar being caramelised. A touch of candied orange peel. Lemon. Bread-and-butter pudding.All of these are more typical Balvenie flavoursFINISH The interplay of sweetness and smokiness finally melds into a fragrant, soothing, afterglow

  17. peathead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasty and special, but what are they going to invent? In terms of taste sensation this is certainly not a bad experiment, but the price / quality ratio is certainly out of proportion.
    • Nose
      Sweet, cream (butter), honey, smoky.
    • Taste
      Typical Balvenie with the creamy and sweet characteristics. It is an oily and 'thick' whisky. The smoky and peaty accents become how long the more dominant.
    • Finish
      Fairly short, sweet and smoky.

  18. Malt Hans scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, orange peel, yellow apple, cardamom, peat, honey and vanilla. Vanilla sweet taste, mint, cardamom, ginger, peat, burnt almonds and peated malt. Medium long, spicy, peaty and malty end.

  19. The Macallan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    An interesting dram, neither an Islay or a Speyside. What is it? A Speysider with a touch of Islay. I tasted this during the whisky fest in The hague in 2003 and I was quite surprised. Sweetness with some smoke, almost like a hearthy Balvenie.

  20. Feusi scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Neither fish nor bird, it`s not a Balvenie and not an islay, maybe that brings the interrests? For me it is a bit flat, i miss the crispy islay feeling. But overall, smoke, peat and sweetness, why not.

  21. Sir Dino scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Just my impressions...Nose: honey, very sweet, much vanilla and a hint of smoke and peatMouth: There is it! Smoke and peat, but still a lot of sweetness, honey and vanilla, some old oak...Finish: could be longer, but warm, once again some smoke and peat, sweetness, honey and vanilla


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