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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.Tasting Notes (2)
- Milk Chocolate
- Christmas Cake
Tasting Note by Tim F
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.
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.
Medium-length, gently drying with a kick of spice.
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
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?.
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.
Sweet and fruity with a touch of fruit polish. Lingering rich caramel turns slowly to good old wood.
Spicy Mars Milk? I’m in.
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I have had Balvenie 17year old once before when on holiday in the West Highlands of Scotland. Excellent stuff and in my opinion one of the best. I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good Whisky.
This has to be the best Scotch in the whole world. I've never tasted such a beautiful, rich and sweet whisky before.
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.
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