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.
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
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".