What do you think of The Balvenie 17 Islay cask?
a few days ago I received it, and it didn't take long before I tasted it.
I think it is a really fine whisky, but the otherwise thoroughly enjoyable Balvenie charachter was drowned in the tar-like & smoky finish. The nose promised more than what it delivered, and I miss the fruity, slightly honeyed Balvenie charachter. The finish was very Islay and powerful.
Since I adore Islay whiskies, and The Balvenie is one of my absolute Highland faves (the Doublewood is one of the top 5 from this region I have ever tasted) I think The Balvenie Islay cask gives me a rather confused impression as if it cannot decide whether it's a Highland or an Islay. However, since the smokiness, dryness & peatiness is, IMO, almost overwheklming (ion the finish at least) why not spend your money on one of the Islay distilleries whiskies?
Since I have just opened the bottle and had one taste, I may be to harsh. But what do you fellow whisky-enthusiasts think of this whisky?
Im conclusion, I find it daring & a breath of fresh air that distilleries try some unorthodox methods, srtrayting away from the sometimes overtly conservative stance held by, as far as I know, quite a few distilleries (The 21 year-old Glenfiddich havana comes to mind). But is it really necessary?