Awards for Ballantine's 17
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Whisky or Whiskey
Insider knowledge: Ballantine's 17 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Ballantine's 17 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
A great 17 year old blend from Ballantines. This was Jim Murray's Scotch Blend of the Year for 2010! Really biscuity and thick.
Nose: Feinty. Smoke and a touch of mochaccino. There are some notes of leather and Madeira with a little chocolate.
Palate: Balanced. There are notes of cut herbs and a defined vegetal character. Fresh citrus and fudge. Touch of peat smoke.
Finish: Fruit, becomes dry.
Are Ballantines funding the Murray bandwagon? The nose was delicate and floral on opening, but I couldn't find that on subsequent samplings. And that is the only thing I could find to recommend this. The grain notes were off, the mouth feel and taste not even balanced- too much tannin. And the finish....? Just disappeared. A masterpiece of marketing over product. And £20 over-priced. Any good malt kicks this into the long grass which is where it belongs.
6th September 2014
As good as Jim says, but takes time and patience to open up. Not for "easy drinkers".
24th February 2014
quite honestly, you will NOT be able to find another whisky as smooth, complex and delicious as this for the money. I bought my second bottle of this recently and resolved to never have this whisky absent from my drinks cabinet.
20th September 2013
birthday gift from barkeep
My best barkeep gave e a shot to celebrate my bithhday. Best I ever had. Im a Pinch fan, but now converted.
27th May 2013
Outstanding whisky. Finish has a little more smoke (and nicer for it) than listed above but apart from that, the description is spot on for me. Nearly the full 5 stars apart from the price - pretty sure you'll get equal or better for a bit less. If you see it on offer anywhere though, fill your boots!
8th May 2013
Funny that I wanted to buy it quite often but left the shop with the JW Green Label hahahaha.