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Ballantine's 17 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Ballantine's 17 Years Old

Brand
Ballantine's
Expression
17 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Age
17 years old
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Ballantine's Distillery
Website
www.ballantines.com
Availability
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Martine Nouet

Nose
Musty. Earthy peat notes. Mushrooms, wet leaves. Oozing dampness. Then rich biscuity notes. Lemon cake. Touch of beeswax.
Palate
Enticing sweetness. Silky feel. Salty sensation. Peaty, rooty. Teasingly tingling. Spicier with water.
Finish
Dry, sherbety. Nutty. Dry walnuts.
Comment
Quite a rustic profile, warmed up when aerated. Seems to have retained the waterfalls from all Scotland!

Dave Broom

Nose
Gentle and soft: green banana, coconut milk, hot gorse, honey, whipped cream. With water, there's subtle smoke and summer fruits.
Palate
Very smooth start, then lifts into dry smoke and spicy oak which balance the citric juiciness, gooseberry jam, vanilla and general fruitiness.
Finish
Light sherried notes and smoke. Gentle.
Comment
An example of superb blending skills. If this tasting is about balance then this is a perfect example, every element pulls together in harmony.
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