Ballantine's

17 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 17
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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   Michael Jackson
Nose: I could be in a leather armchair before a peat fire in the Highlands. Tinge of soot-very evocative.
Palate: An astonishing freshness. Some cereal-grain sweetness. Grassy. Burnt grass. Peat.
Finish: Dry. Elegant.
Comment: The blending skills at Ballantine have long been renowned. The 17 has always seemed to me the most eloquent demonstration of that. Beautifully composed and mature.
8.5
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: This needs water to reveal smoke, cooked vegetable, cocoa, walnut, wet leather and coffee.
Palate: A soft and quite creamy start then a burst of coal-like smoke halfway through. Hint of vanilla, orange juice, cream and biscuity crunchiness.
Finish: Medium length and very juicy.
Comment: I was surprised when the bottle was revealed. This has been a favourite for a while, but not on this occasion.
8.0
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Ballantine's Distillery, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
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