Nose: Patisserie aromas, in fact this resembles nothing so much as a good-quality doughnut, complete with icing sugar & gooey strawberry jam; then a heavy dollop of vanilla and the first hint of sherry, in the form of raisin ice cream drizzled with honey, and of course oak - fresh timber and autumn leaves. Very appealing.
Palate: Now the sherry influence is more prominent with cakey dried fruit (date, raisin) mingling with apple pie aromas. The main difference with the 12yo, though, is that here the oak is centre-stage. Naturally, as this is a Balvenie, it's very good oak, with big creamy vanilla, polished wood, a bite of oakspices (clove, cinnamon) and a hint of dry liquorice.
Finish: Medium-length, gently drying with a kick of spice.
Comment: Fans of the 12yo will like this a lot. It's far too well-mannered to be a moody teenager, but Doublewood 17yo shows significantly greater depth of character than its happy-go-lucky younger sibling. It's still great fun, though. A hit.
Nose: Polished wood, Tim's cakespice, Danish pastries, dessicated coconut, vanilla cream, Cadbury's Fruit and Nut bars, and a little bit of tropical fruit at the back - mango maybe?
Palate: Oily mouthfeel, soft sweet caramel, lightly spiced wood, good apple pie (stewed apples, lightly sweetened pastry and a few raisins thrown in for good measure), a cinnamon tingle and a hint of Mars Milk (the best of all ready made milkshakes).
Finish: Sweet and fruity with a touch of fruit polish. Lingering rich caramel turns slowly to Good Old Wood.
Comment: Spicy Mars Milk? I'm in.