The Balvenie

Islay Cask, 17 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 18
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Specifications
Brand: The Balvenie
Expression: Islay Cask, 17 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 17 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 18
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Garden bonfires, or perhaps steam trains. A picnic in the park? After a number of nosings, there's seaweed and salt. Make that a picnic on the cliffs.
Palate: Honey. Sugar glazing and caramelising slightly. Nuts. A touch of candied orange peel. Lemon.
Finish: Fresh. Fragrantly smoky.
Comment: Reminiscent of the days when Speysiders were peatier.
9.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Well rounded. Honey and cream with some sultana and light phenolic notes.
Palate: An immediate sootiness. Soft, dessert like with a dry smouldering border. Lovely, if a bit schizoid.
Finish: Gentle with teasing smokiness.
Comment: Cheaper than buying a distillery on Islay but what's next? Speyside finished Caol Ila or a cask aged in every region?
7.8
Visit the distillery
Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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