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Ballantine's 17 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Ballantine's 17 Year Old

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Ballantine's 17 Bottling Note

A great 17 year old blend from Ballantines. This was Jim Murray's Scotch Blend of the Year for 2010! Really biscuity and thick.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Ballantine's 17 Year Old Reviews

Excellent. Smooth. Refined.

I don't like whiskey, especially scotches, as they taste like roofing tar and dirt.

But I like this one. A LOT. It's smooth, serene and interesting on the tongue. The smoke is an element of the flavor symphony instead of the dominating single note.

I recommend this to anyone that doesn't like Scotch.

9th January 2021

Smoke, chocolate, creamy, delicious.

If Ballantine's Finest is the Red Label of Ballantine's line up. Then Ballantine's 12 is the Gold Label, which then makes the 17 the Blue Label, but at a MUCH better price point.
In fact, I would rate 17 far superior to Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It's creamy vanilla, fruits, some smoke lingering in it, but not peaty. Fairly long taste, oily and smooth.

Personally, this is the best Blended Scotch I have had, for me it beats out even Compass Box.

20th January 2020

Yaaaa

Oh yaaaa

18th May 2018

Еталон!?

Да, това е ЕТАЛОНА в този клас и всички вие го признахте...
Жалко, че е спряно...но за това е мениджмънта!?

10th December 2017

Buttery, zingy, chewy goodness

I cannot comment on the whisky JM reviewed as the bottle shown is not it. I mistakenly bought this one believing it was the blend "blessed" by Sain Murray. Having said that, the Ball' 17 is good. Lighter, more saline and floral than I expected, veering as I do towards the more sherried varieties of whisky, but that gives me more to think about. There is quite a complex barrage of tastes in this one: toffee, lemon, salt, oil. Not straightforward, but still harmoniously bound by unctuous oiliness and long long legs. The finish is not straightforward either. I find myself chewing this one for minutes after drinking. Does it beat a Glenfiddich 18? No. Can it compete with a Glenfarclas 105? Well no. I'd say this is the Macon Village of whiskies: tasty but light, light but interesting, interesting but not taxing.

10th April 2017

Outstanding, but. . .

This is a excellent whisky. However, it is not the whisky that Jim Murray rated as his whisky of the year in 2011. That one is Ballantine's 17 Years Old (43%), not Ballantine's Aged 17 Years (40%). I have had both and while the "Aged 17 Years" is outstanding whisky, the "17 Years Old" is: a) impossible to find now and b) if not a once-in-a-lifetime experience, very close to it. So far as I can tell, Murray has not rated the "Aged 17 Years."

14th December 2016

Alberto Viloria

Excelente Whisky, entre los de 17 a 19 creo que es el mejor.
Sus Notas Muy Balanceadas y Un Final Excelente.

11th April 2016

A very good blend

First time I tried it wasn't blown away but either the bottle or my palate has opened up to this. The nose is smoke, peat, coal dust, light stone fruits, barley grain, chopped herbs, little cirous lemon. Taste is nice balance of light smokey peat, light stone fruits, light barley grain. I'm starting to think Jim might be right about this.

11th September 2015

Mainstream blend ? Absolutely not !

After many those single malts I have tasted, this blended one "ordinary Ballantine's" has been systematically overlooked. Shame on me. Typical beginnner's mistake,always looking for something special. After years I realized that price and age are not always measures of quality. This one is one of the best whiskies I have ever tasted. It can easily compete with bottles worth £100 and more.

17th February 2015

Perfect

Ballantine's 17 is my favorite blend. I like the JW Blue Label as well.

4th November 2014

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