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Like the famous 12 year old expression this Balvenie has been matured in two types of cask, the key difference this has been given an extra five years of cask ageing. A great release for 2012.
Warm Acacia honey and green apples on the nose leading to warm winter spices, vanilla and honeysuckle on the palate. The finish is gloriously long with notes of vanilla and honey.
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A previous bottle of the 17 was flat, I thought, not really surpassing the 12 in depth. But a recent bottle rocked. The nose is beautiful, with candy coated pear and vanilla and cotton candy. Opens on the palate into oranges and malty and winter spices. Dries out a bit but lingers. Wish the price would come down a bit, but the structure is tight.
20th September 2016
Coatline is thick and oily, legs thick and slow to runNose-very sweet, Orange then fruitcake and wood spices reflecting length of time in cask, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and eventually clove. Honied or maple syrup. Slight smoke in the background suggesting a deep char first fill American white oak, as does slight pepper presence.Palate-sweet, Orange, fruitcake, spices, pepper and again slight smoke, honey, maple syrup.Finish-medium length, sweet spicy and tannic reflecting sherry cask. Colour suggests Oloroso for a year or so.Conclusion- a nice Speyside but in which the woods dominate the spirit.
1st September 2016
The nicest Scotch Whiskey I have ever tasted.
18th May 2016
I know this is a rating that will anger some people but i have to be honest. Sherry casks, to me, ruin perfectly good scotch. I can't stand the sweetness, it's why i don't drink bourbon. To me, scotch is meant to be smokey, peaty, complex. This scotch's good notes are masked by the sweet Sherry taste. Would have been better in only oak.
22nd April 2016
I am pretty new to Scotches, drinking them with friends most Fridays after work, and have been fortunate enough to try many wonderful Scotches over the past year. This was one of my first Scotch experiences and is still one of my favorites. I am never caught without a bottle on hand at home or when away on business. Price and deliciousness just add up to a wonderful drink.
18th April 2016
Too expensive, but this whisky is full of delicious notes of fruits, honey, and a sweetness that is so nice. No pepper whatsoever in this dram. A little dry. I can't say I didn't expect more, but this is my favorite between the 12 and 14 year Olds. This is a delicious single malt and I will make sure to keep it in my bar.
6th April 2016
The start tough but smooths out quickly. Flavors deep in the middle. Finishes nicely on the pallet
18th March 2016
Smooth with a nice toughness. Interesting flavor profile and complexity. Enjoy with a big stick.
4th March 2016
I spent a good long attentive time sipping the 12 and the 17. I admit that the 17 has lovely body and subtle complexity, but it is, to my taste, lacking in both flavor and finish. It is hardly 3 times the flavor for 3 times the price. The 12 has a wonderful sweetness and a perfect vanilla finish. I bought the 17 because the 15 was out of stock - that was a minor tragedy. The 15 is incomparable.
15th February 2016
It was boring, hot and over-priced; I wouldn't pay over $35.00 for this.
10th February 2016
Very good, but prefer the 12yr!
8th February 2016
I found this to be delicious.
16th January 2016
Best whisky bar none
7th December 2015
I am a Balvenie fan and own the 12yr DoubleWood, 14Yr Caribbean and have sampled the 21 Yr Portwood and the 15 Single and 15 Sherry wood straight out of the barrel thanks to Anthony Bourdain.This 17 Yr Doublewood was my second favorite only behind the 21 yr Portwood and I will be adding a bottle to my collection.
18th November 2015
I nearly ordered a bottle of this, but at the last minute decided to buy a miniature tasting set. Boy am I glad I did. The set contained 12y, 14y, and the 17y. The 12 was very punchy, but flowed with flavour, and smelt Devine. The 14 was a little bit more refined, and had a very long finish. The 17 was such a disappointment!!!!!!!! It was so smooth I actualy thought it had been watered down. No where near as complex as other whiskies of this age, and pretty bland really. Such a disappointment............................ Go for the twelve, tastes better, and you will save a bit of money
5th November 2015
A very reasonable whisky, though the cloying sweetness that I assume is from the sherry cask just ruins it for me. I start out noticing the light spice on my tongue, with a nice sweetness, then shortly after I wonder what happened and why I still taste a heavy lingering sweetness. Sherry always ruins it for me, should know better.
31st July 2015
No idea why there is bad reviews on this one! You like Balvenie? You'll love this.
30th July 2015
The nose is clean with a promising hopes of sweetness from the sherry - but I could hardly pick up anything past the oak. A tiny bit of honeysuckle and maybe stone fruit comes through, finishing with vanilla. However the intensity of the oak makes it so dry that it seems to evaporate off the palate (literally) before it can be truly tasted. The finish is long, indeed, but I thought I'd been chewing on wood chips. Overall - a decent dram that I didn't mind tasting, but far overpriced. the quality is there but the blatant imbalance masks "what could have been". perhaps their next release will have more influence from the sherry casks - that I'd like to see.
14th July 2015
this is my fave scotch. outstanding, smooth and enjoyable right through. any reviews that are negative are really quite unbelievable. ! well done Balvenie
9th July 2015
I have to say I enjoyed this greatly, when I finish this bottle I will buy another to have around for those special occasions.
19th April 2015
Wonderful scotch. Enjoin it as I write the review. Fruity, long finish and wonderful. Enough said.
20th February 2015
Plums, sherry, cherry, red apples, smooth finish of pears and blood orange but still feel the Balvenie 21 reigns supreme. Enjoyable.
11th February 2015
Got this as a gift and enjoyed it, but I wouldn't pay my money for it.
30th December 2014
So this is a perfectly good whiskey but I couldn't tell the difference between this and the 12 year old. On that basis I wouldn't buy this again as I don't think twice the price is justified.
5th December 2014
I see some negative reviews. Cannot understand them. I have yet to share a Balvenie with anyone who hasn't tried it that hasn't gone out and bought supplies of their own afterwards. To each his own, so I don't bash other brands and will not name any here. But I have witnessed a friend pour a bottle of premium single malt of another brand down the drain after tasting the doublewood. He said it made his tast like "a cheap bottle of blended scotch". I've tried numerous brands and enjoy only a select few. I would put The Balvenie a the top of my list. Exceptionally smooth yet delightfully nosey.
11th October 2014
Really enjoying this bottle. Wish i had picked up another bottle when down in the US.
5th October 2014
Buy a bottle, because a sample won't do it. At first I was disappointed, but by the last drop I had forgiven it for its small shortcomings. It is an all round clean malt - great nose with a clear mix of bourbon oak and sherry oak characteristics. The taste is wonderful, but it lacks a bit of Oomphf. It's hard to explain, it seems restrained, held back. No single characteristics is allowed to play the lead so to speak. I wish they would have bottled it at 46% and kept it un-chill filtered, maybe that would have given it that final push to making it a truly unforgettable single malt.
20th September 2014
Sorry but this just didn't do it for me. It tasted of cardboard and plaster to me. The same way Glenfiddich does, but twice as strong. There was a sherry finish that covers it up, but it's still there, and I'm not that big of a sherry-finish fan anyway (except oddly in the Lagavulin DE). And, it's pricey. If you have tasted Glenfiddich and you know the cardboard I'm talking about, then stay away (unless you like the cardboard, then by all means dig in).
9th July 2014
Bought this as many do, based on the reviews. But for my self, found the nose to be much more impressive than the taste. There's a strong smell of vanilla toffee and spice, but genuinley found the taste was a little one dimensional. Over all pleasant, but to similar to the 12 in taste. Just a little smoother.
29th June 2014
A wonderful Speyside from Balvenie, a bit darker and with better mouth feel than the Double Wood 12. Excellent honey and apple notes; strong but not overpowering. An elegant, smooth-sweet finish of light vanilla and apple.- MJM
17th June 2014
Liquid poetry. Liquid gold. Almost a jolly rancher green apple on the nose and palate, but very subtle, just lingering in the background so its not too tart.
5th April 2014
My Cousin works for a distributor and he got 2 bottles of these as a prize for employee of the month and he gave me one just because. But before he did, we sat there at a casual 4 pm meeting and finished half bottle of it with no chaser or snacks. i thought it was just great. took the bottle home and it was still great and shared with friends and such. was able to find the bottle at local county liquor stores for around $70. ever since, their popularity has gone off the charts and now u can't buy below $100. this is within the last 4 - 5 years. But i bought a bottle recently. and this is by far my favorite whiskey... Love it...
25th February 2014
a very good dram .light ,and easy to take,up there with the best .after all it is Balvenie ..
22nd February 2014
Ah yes, you appear to be very correct indeed! Hats off to you, we've fixed this error now. An excellent whisky with 0 stars is a sight to see indeed... --The Chaps at Master of Malt
20th February 2014
The reviewer above said the whisky was excellent and gave it zero stars. How can it be great but not get any stars. Probably an error that should be corrected.
19th February 2014
An amazing, honeyed, easy drinking soft scotch. I could drink this all day. Expensive but well worth it. Balvenie is the best.
29th January 2014
Deep golden amber, an enticing appearance.Notes of oak come through from its time in the barrel, honey and layers of fruit. Fruit, oak, vanilla. The time spent in the sherry cask does add a different flavor and a “roundness.” Honey as well, light alcohol taste, easy, short lived finish I am very happy to have bought this bottle, I tried to drink it slowly because I knew the day would come when it would be gone and that would be a sad day indeed. That being said, I didn’t run right out of the house and shell out another $130 for a bottle as soon as it was empty. It was good and I liked it very much, but there’s so much more out there and something tells me there are better choices for the money
20th January 2014
Only surpassed by the 21 year old portwood.
11th January 2014
Its very smooth and for the price you can't go wrong.
I have quite a good collection and a variety of different and interesting whiskeys and I have just added this one to my collection. After reading the reviews I thought this a must have, and I'm a little disappointed. Now don't get me wrong its got a great nutty, spicy taste with a hint of vanilla and fruit but its lacking something and I can't quite put my finger on it. It is a good whiskey and I do enjoy it but for the price there's a few other whiskeys that I prefer, but that's just me.
2nd January 2014
I have many variety of scotch in my collection, however this is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. extremely creamy on the pallet, complex flavours of caramel, vanilla, and some dark chocolate that never cease to disappoint. If I could afford to I would buy another ten bottles before its no longer available.the only downside for me is the price tag. Here in BC Canada this bottle fetches $180.
19th December 2013
This is a good dram, don't get me wrong. But it seems a bit hollow to me. The 14 Caribbean Cask is more complex and half the price. Otherwise, I would save up a few more dollars and just get the 21 Portwood instead.
14th December 2013
This is the first dram from Day One of my whisky advent calendar (an early Xmas present to myself). If this standard is maintained, it's going to be a great December!
2nd December 2013
Really great whiskey. Smoother and more complex than its younger counterpart. Long, sweet finish. One of the most easily drinkable whiskeys I've ever come across.
8th November 2013
I'll miss this when its gone
15th October 2013
My problem with this whiskey is basically that it has destroyed every other for me. Since my 18th birthday my dad and I have this tradition where we always give eachother whiskeys for our birthday. This one has pretty much destroyed it for me. I have not, in the 5 years since I first tasted this whiskey, ever tried another quite as good. This is the comparison for every new whiskey I try. And it always wins.
11th October 2013
It is like the Double Wood 12 y/o matured into an incredibly complex scotch. If you enjoy the 12y/o you will find this 17y/o highly worth the price. However, I would only share it with those who can truly appreciate its complexity.
1st October 2013
I like the 12yo Double Wood as standard whisky around the house but this is just awesome. As tasty as the 21yo Port Wood.
8th September 2013
excellent whiskey. exactly as others describe, however I do feel it is lacking just a whiff of smoke to make this a perfect dram. 9.5/10
30th August 2013
I had quite high hopes for this one given it's great younger brother, but I wasn't disappointed. This is a dram that is very enjoyable and worth every penny. The 21 yo Portwood is one of few bottles I've bought more than once and this 17 yo DW will probably appear in my cabinet again, too.
7th April 2013
Fortunate to have been given a bottle as a present from my son Kieran, good lad. We already know Balvennie 12 Doublewood very well. 17 is even smoother, really easy to drink with a sweet warm vanilla finish. Exquisite.My only problem is trying to save a few tots for my son when he returns home from Uni.
8th March 2013
Given this as a present from my son Kieran, good lad. Better than MacAllan 18year old which I previously thought among my collections best. Sublime. Extremely difficult not to drink it all as I have promised my son we will have a tot or two when he is back from Uni.
7th March 2013
This is my favorite whisky to have tasted. The 12 year is blah to me, nothing special, prefer MaCallan 12 or Double Black. But, the 17 is sweet, linguering, inviting, and very tasty like dessert. I do not like the 14 or the Caribbean cask.
5th January 2013
I want to try this so bad! Someone leave a review for me haha. I had the 12 year double wood and absolutely loved it.
2nd January 2013