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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.
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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
Excelente Whisky, entre los de 17 a 19 creo que es el mejor.Sus Notas Muy Balanceadas y Un Final Excelente.
11th April 2016
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
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
Ballantine's 17 is my favorite blend. I like the JW Blue Label as well.
4th November 2014
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
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.
1st March 2013
a nice blend but nothing really special. not worth the money
27th February 2013
Was given it as a gift last night. Best blend I have ever tasted. Makes me rethink my appreciation of blends. Tremendous!
24th February 2013
Simply put, best whisky I ever had. It's hard to express with words, I can't stress enough how good this beverage is on my palate. I am usually so critical with whiskies, but I must admit this drink truly is a masterpiece. Nothing more to say.
12th November 2012
Sure this was £38 a fee weeks back?
2nd October 2012
A stunning complex whisky. Beautiful prickly mouthfeel, great nose, lovely stuff, Murray is bang on about this one, worth every cent.
18th August 2012
Can't understand all the hype surrounding this one. Interesting nose, which promises a lot, but the whisky fails to deliver. Suffers from the usual problem with blends: lack of integration. On the palate it builds to an initial rush of sweet smoke, but that fades and it becomes acidic and dry. It can't make up its mind. Definitely not worth the money. Bought a bottle of Naked Grouse the other day for £22 which is an object lesson in how to blend a proper whisky.
12th July 2012
An interesting dram
11th April 2012
There's a lot of controvery regarding this whisky's winning of the 2011 Whisky of the year, and I was concerned that it wouldn't live up to the hype. But let me tell you this is a massive whisky. I've recently been trying Ardbeg's range and was convinced that Uigeadail was unbeatable in terms of complexity, balance and beauty. But this is better. This is a new bench-mark for me, and I hope this year's bottling of Ardbeg 10 can compare.
31st January 2012
As a top notch premium blend, this is the finest example of whisky crafting. Hints of citrus, vanilla,chocolate and peat. Sweet and layered with flavours that unfold gently. A personal favourite for those special occasions.
29th June 2010
N:Hard vanillas from the grains, with a layer of soft lemon bubbling underneath. T: Sweet honey entrance with spices biulind towards the middle. Oak makes itself known at the end for a medium-dry finish. Excellent ballance and some extra zingyness present from the extra 3% above standard ABV but a little short on complexity. Overall very enjoyable! Mr. K
9th April 2010