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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.

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

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


Oh yaaaa

18th May 2018


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


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

incredible dram

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

Lovely blend

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

Many times prefered Green Johnny Walker

Funny that I wanted to buy it quite often but left the shop with the JW Green Label hahahaha.

1st March 2013

Nothing special

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

Jim Murray's 2011 Whisky of the Year?

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

Whisky Accie

An interesting dram

11th April 2012

Best Whisky I've tasted

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

Ballantine's 17yr

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

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