Ballantine's

17 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 55
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Specifications
Brand: Ballantine's
Expression: 17 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 17 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Gentle and soft: green banana, coconut milk, hot gorse, honey, whipped cream. With water, there's subtle smoke and summer fruits.
Palate: Very smooth start, then lifts into dry smoke and spicy oak which balance the citric juiciness, gooseberry jam, vanilla and general fruitiness.
Finish: Light sherried notes and smoke. Gentle.
Comment: An example of superb blending skills. If this tasting is about balance then this is a perfect example, every element pulls together in harmony.
8.3
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Musty. Earthy peat notes. Mushrooms, wet leaves. Oozing dampness. Then rich biscuity notes. Lemon cake. Touch of beeswax.
Palate: Enticing sweetness. Silky feel. Salty sensation. Peaty, rooty. Teasingly tingling. Spicier with water.
Finish: Dry, sherbety. Nutty. Dry walnuts.
Comment: Quite a rustic profile, warmed up when aerated. Seems to have retained the waterfalls from all Scotland!
7.5
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Ballantine's Distillery, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
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