Balvenie 17 Year Old
Sherry Oak

70cl / 43%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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This 17yo Sherry Oak Balvenie is an unusual expression as most Balvenie has a significant proportion of American oak in the mix.
Distillery Bottling
17 Year Old

Balvenie 17 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    This brand new Balvenie was fully matured in Oloroso sherry casks.

    Colour: deep amber with bronze hues.

    Nose: starts immediately dry, mostly on coffee and bitter cocoa, which is certainly unusual for Balvenie, but rather beautiful. Gets even more coffeeish (all kinds of coffee, from espresso to café latte) and rather perfectly spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of star anise), and then more ‘antique’, with old leather, wax polish, old furniture... Discreet whiffs of soy sauce, but not meatiness here. I really like this one, very cleanly dry.

    Mouth: a slight weakness at the attack due to the low strength but it’s soon to take off, on these coffeeish and chocolaty notes again, prunes, Corinth raisins, the same spices as on the nose and a slight, pleasant tannicity (not bone-dry). Maybe the middle is a bit weakish again but the finish is longer again, rather full, clean, still very dry, with pleasant tannins and an aftertaste on cooked blackcurrants and prunes. A success I think. 88 points.

13 Customer Reviews

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  • 4 January 2012

    Stunning. Lovely dark colour, rich, sweet flavour with a silky feel and a lovely oak after taste. Worth the money.

  • 16 November 2011

    This is an absolute gem of a whiskey which is very enjoyable. I would have no hesitation in recommending this Balvenie to anyone.

  • 20 August 2011

    I have expensive taste, it seems. But, this is worth the $100 it will take to buy it. It is sweet, and yet masculine and flavorable. Smooth, easy to drink, and rewarding. I haven't had anything better, though I usually enjoy a St George for about half the price.

  • 1 August 2011

    What a splendid Balvenie this is. It tastes quite out of range compared to the other bottlings. The spice is remarkably present for this dram, but with the typical Balvenie sweetness in the background.After adding a few drops of water the spice moves to the background to be just a bit spicy Balvenie. For me, one of the best Balvenies bottled in the last few years.

  • 30 November 2010

    I just received this as a gift, it is amazing. I was somewhat surprised to learn how expensive the bottle is for the flavor, I can't describe it in quite the same flowery terms but I did note a rather fruity mild taste after the initial whisky brine, peat, and leather that strikes first. Worth having, especially when free.

  • 9 January 2010

    Excellent and warm. Soft. Wonderful caramel color, taste and feel. In my opinion the flavor that pops out the most is cooked fig more than raisin. Very nice. I think it is now my new favorite!

  • 12 June 2009

    An exceptional whisky enjoyed by both my wife and I. Well worth a treat in the summer evening.

  • 6 June 2009

    A truly outstanding whisky

  • 19 April 2009

    truly unmissable.

  • 7 January 2009

    I agree with all the above posts another bottle or two is on my wish list - this one you have to try :)

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