Balvenie 17 Year Old
70cl / 43%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Another fantastic invention from the workbench of Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart – a 17-year-old version of the bestselling DoubleWood. Still initially matured in 'whisky oak' casks before being switched to sherry wood to finish, the extra years give it extra depth without being overpowering.
- Milk Chocolate
- Christmas Cake
Balvenie 17 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Note by Tim F
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.
Tasting note by Billy A
Nose: Polished wood, cake spice, 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.
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.
21 Customer Reviews
I tried a sample of this at the Whisky Show in London in the summer, it was now THE choice for a Christmas dram. I thought it had great character on the palate, easily my new favourite Speyside whisky
The drink is beautiful – a must-have. You need to try it for yourself.
A classic. First purchase for our whisky club and no chances here - VERY smooth - no burn and mellow and warming. makes you want to slow down and appreciate
A thoroughly enjoyable dram. "Highlander" must have no taste buds.
Best scotch I've tasted. Bought this on my wedding night. Tried by at least 4 others and loved by all. Very smooth, almost zero burn on the back of the throat (very important to me). Similar to Glenfiddich 18yo. I am not a world-renowned scotch taster, I just like to enjoy my drink.
Absolutly Dynamite. If you love Sctoch Whisky, this will never be a disappointment.
This is by far the best yet for me, as I sip it with a good cigar it got better with every sip. Fruity, and smooth loving it.
A total non flavoured,incipid,watery nightmare.Must be worst ?72 whisky on the planet...majorly overrated drink this one.How can it get 95/100...or Horst drooling over this watery waste of time!!!!!
A friend of ours who owns a restaurant had my husband try it. His usual scotch of choice is, oban, macallan or glenlivet. He loved this.
Apple pie with a vanilla shake followed up with a mars bar. Sweet aromas, hint of spice ad oily silkiness on the palate.
Just love it!
Excellent product. The flavor enhancement of Sherry cask with the smoothie finish of oak. My new favorite at a good price.
Very good taste not that strong and fair price
Pleasant Christmas cake has all the flavours of vanilla with mango coming in giving that fruity flavour the double cask makes a difference with the sherry cask I like this one
Nose strong dried fruit Palate spice fire smooth cake Finish Marzipan and a nice tingle on the lips. Not much to say on the tasting notes. Good, nice not enough flavour for my personal taste maybe if I didn’t have enough knowledge of whisky I would enjoy the smoothness more but after tasting the. Balvenie triple cask had more explosive had a longer finish and an around better taste. I did however find that with this whisky if you just rest in the mouth the taste becomes more intense giving a longer finish. This is a nice experience but I do believe you can get better for the money. I would buy this again and enjoy it. If this had just a little bit flavour it would be 5 stars but the blandness lets it down.
Coatline is thick, legs thick and slow running. Very oily. Nose-citrus, Orange, fruitcake, very sweet, spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, vanilla, maple syrup. Slight smoke in the background suggests first fill bourbon deep char. Palate-sweet, Orange, fruitcake, spices Finish-medium, sweet, tannic reflecting sherry casks, colour suggests Oloroso casks for a year maybe more. Conclusion-a little too sweet for my taste, but a fine Speyside in which the woods dominate the spirit.
Awesome. Smooth is an understatement.
Currently my favorite scotch at the price.
Smooth, the texture on ice is almost unmatched. I am 24 years old and I am a fan of the gentleman whiskey. Hardly experienced a similar buzz elsewhere, feels particularly uplifting vs a downer type cheaper alcohol. 5/5