Balvenie 17 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 17 Year Old / DoubleWood
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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.

Distillery Bottling
17 Year Old
Cask Type
Sherry Finish


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Mango Mango
  • Milk Chocolate Milk Chocolate
  • Christmas Cake Christmas Cake
  • Cream Cream

Balvenie 17 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

22 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 days ago

    This has to be the best Scotch in the whole world. I've never tasted such a beautiful, rich and sweet whisky before.

  • 5
    23 December 2018

    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

  • 5
    14 December 2018

    The drink is beautiful – a must-have. You need to try it for yourself.

  • 5
    2 November 2018

    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

  • 5
    6 August 2018

    A thoroughly enjoyable dram. "Highlander" must have no taste buds.

  • 5
    26 July 2018

    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.

  • 5
    26 May 2018

    Absolutly Dynamite. If you love Sctoch Whisky, this will never be a disappointment.

  • 5
    4 December 2017

    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.

  • 1
    28 November 2017

    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!!!!!

  • 4
    2 October 2017

    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.

  • 4
    1 October 2017

    Apple pie with a vanilla shake followed up with a mars bar. Sweet aromas, hint of spice ad oily silkiness on the palate.

  • 5
    23 September 2017

    Just love it!

  • 5
    12 August 2017


  • 5
    15 July 2017

    Excellent product. The flavor enhancement of Sherry cask with the smoothie finish of oak. My new favorite at a good price.

  • 4
    16 June 2017

    Very good taste not that strong and fair price

  • 5
    5 May 2017

    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

  • 4
    16 October 2016

    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.

  • 3
    1 September 2016

    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.

  • 5
    20 July 2016

    Awesome. Smooth is an understatement.

  • 5
    14 June 2016

    Currently my favorite scotch at the price.

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