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The Balvenie 17 Years Old Sherry Oak Tasting notes and reviews

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The Balvenie 17 Years Old Sherry Oak

Brand
The Balvenie
Expression
17 Years Old Sherry Oak
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
17 years old
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Balvenie Distillery
Region
Speyside
Website
www.thebalvenie.com
Availability
Limited availability

Dave Broom

80
Nose
Chocolate covered raisins, dried fruit. Heavily sherried. Varnish, black banana and toffee apple. Shows some power. Freshly polished oak. In time (and with water) the nose firms up. Furniture polish and antique shops. Hint of sulphur.
Palate
Sweet start, melting dark chocolate. Firm enough grip which slightly mutes the mid palate and hides the sweetness behind.
Finish
Long mixing light spice, dried fruit, drying tannin and a nutty honeyed note. Ultimately dry.
Comment
Good but the oak has leaned a little too heavily on the expressiveness of the whisky.

Martine Nouet

75
Nose
Sherried. Toffee, marrons glacés. Rich chocolate. A hint of rubber. Wet ground coffee. Maraschino. Walnut.
Palate
Smooth start with lots of chocolate fudge, then oak has its word, tightening up taste buds.
Finish
Woody and spicy.
Comment
The sherry influence conveys a certain dourness to the malt. Not fully convinced by this finish.
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