Balvenie 17 New Oak
Added on Friday, Apr 3, 2009 at 12:25 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $80 Availability: Specialty Stores
A marrriage of Balvenie from bourbon and sherry casks, vatted together in new American oak.
First Bottling.
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Orange, nectary, sherry is restrained on the nose, takes (me) a little bit to find it.
P: Initially I get some interesting minty notes, like a Fisherman's friend cough drop, but then light chocolaty sherry takes over.
F: Clean and dry. 
Nose is fruity and bright.  Very fruity, actually.  With honey.  The palate is a bit watery, but easy-drinking (duh), light spices, fruit... I'm not gonna run out and buy a bottle, but I'll happily drink yours. 
I was expecting more from this, but it is not bad.  The new oak seems bring out the bourbon qualities of Balvenie.  Vanilla, oak, some spice, but it is restrained.  Not hot at all.  Quite smooth, but not amazing.  I'd probably rather have a good bourbon for the flavor profile and the price.   

The new wood comes through.  It's thick and simple.



Retaste 10/25/12:

n:  Faint cedar.

p: Licorice and spanish cedar.


This one seems like a lot of vanilla and fruits with some soft spices.  Needs more umph to get a better score though.  Good solid whisky but buy the double wood instead. 
Not much on the  nose - fruit and malt. The oak and vanilla are very evident, somewhat of a rich whisky, but then it all disappears quickly on the finish. Not bad, but I agree with the suggestion to buy the Double Wood instead. 

N: Pencil shavings, stale nutty notes and wood

P: Citrus, vanilla and toasty notes.  

F: Mettalic 


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