Balvenie 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Wood
Stated Age
17 years old
American Oak and Sherry Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L34X 4739 0407
Added on
14 Mar 2016 1:13 pm by aleoni

Average value

€ 123.99

5 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

114 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 17-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.47 points

  1. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad expression, but current pricing is outrageous.Don't pay more as €75,- or so.
    Without taking price in consideration, this is a fairly balanced sipping dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and a little grassy. There is a small hint of red fruit and some sawdust. Some ripe citrus and some fruitjuices which I cannot give a clear name.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and little sour. Quite pleasing. Citrus sour with some hints of raspberry. Gets a little tannin after a while.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. Again sour and sweet. Fades away with some red fruit sweets and a hint of sawdust.

  2. butt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Tano77 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, kindergarten glue, sweet fruit, intense, a little wood on the return!
    On the palate, it is velvety (vegetables cooked for a soup!), It is then fruity but in a very fine way, maybe even a little too much, and the alcoholic sensation is not very present!
    Back a little creamy, sweet, chocolatey and on dry shells.
    In the end, the same sensations in the mouth, feeling that becomes more wooded as and when.
    A dram that surprises me with its sweetness, which surprises me by its lack of depth.

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Balvenie 17 year old offers a subtle, appealing nose and balanced, fruity arrival. But the mid-palate and finish seem to head off in a rather different wood-forward direction that is slightly less to my taste. This whisky has a lot of fans – particularly in wider Europe I believe, but, I’d rather let the underlying Balvenie spirit shine through a bit more, than rely on what feels like very fresh slightly heavy-handed white oak. Solid enough, but I’d personally expect a wee bit more for the £90 ticket price.

    • Nose
      Initially a touch shy, though opening a lot after a little resting and/or agitation – quite relaxed and stylish when ready to go. Orchard fruits – apples, pears – sitting alongside toffee creamy fudge, lemon peels and vanilla. Deeper, there are buttery pastries, golden tobacco, cinnamon and baking spices. A drop or two of water increases the bakery aromas further with tarts, flans and freshly made croissants.
    • Taste
      A very balanced arrival which brings the orchard fruits, but adds some sherry influence in the form of red berries, raisins, chocolate cake, leather and tobacco. A slight pang of citrus keeps everything fresh and not overly saccharine. Cask influence is more discernible now – cinnamon and ginger, but with some sappy fresh American oak. Water smooths the fruits making for quite the juicy affair, but is also highlights woodiness, which to my palate doesn’t quite sit perfectly with the rest of the whisky’s profile.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, and favouring berries, spices and oak.

  6. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The price is overtaken, the taste good, but not so good as to justify the price.
    • Nose
      Combination of sherry and bourbon properties. Sherry, overripe grapes / cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, overcoated tea, slightly hazel and dull. Gradually increasing ginger spice. Generally pretty creamy and smooth.
    • Taste
      The taste of the beginning is a lot of vanilla, bitter chocolate, cocoa, liquorice. Gradually, sherry, plums, full marmalade sweetness, creamy caramel and everything adds ginger.
    • Finish
      In the reverberation of malt, plum, gradually drying - medium long

  7. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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