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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
Availability
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Dave Broom

Nose
Riper. A big shift here. Oily, rich and ripe with lots of dried peach and milk chocolate. Hot gorse, sandalwood and an overwhelming caramelised sweetness. Complex.
Palate
Long and elegant with a tickle of smoke. Sweet dried fruits, a little touch of resin and musk. Drier than the previous two but then a fragrant bite of gooseberry and elderflower.
Finish
Dried fruit, the smoke creeps back.
Comment
Ripe, elegant and complex and always that Ballantine's precision.

Rob Allanson

Nose
Quite complex with overtones of maple syrup and hot buttered corn bread. Some enticing spices lurk underneath with some dried fruits.
Palate
Layers of flavour comes in waves, the dried fruits almost dominate but a balanced with a dry, gentle (in a good way) sourness.
Finish
Dries out gently.
Comment
Finely balanced.
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