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Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
85.50/100
votes
110
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Cask
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks + Islay Casks Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327624204
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:00 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 536,93

25 × in wishlist

110 × member ratings

312 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    #Blindtasting
    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.

  2. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Do you like to have a Sample ?

    Please contact me (maybe you have to make a friendship request).
    Please take a look to my open bottles.

  3. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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
      Lightweight.

  7. AAA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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.

  9. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. spigray did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from whiskyfun says:Serge from Whiskyfun says:

    Balvenie
    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.

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