The Balvenie 17 Ans Doublewood
Scotch, 750 mL
|Country :||United Kingdom|
|Subregion :||Vallée de Spey|
|Producer :||William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd|
|Alcohol :||43 %|
|Grape variety(ies) :||Whisky - Scotch|
|Container :||Clear Glass Container|
... to coincide with Malt Master David Stewart's 50 years of service with distiller owners William Grant & Sons Ltd, a new 17-year-old variant has just been launched, created by the Malt Master himself. The whisky in question spent 17 years maturing in ex-Bourbon casks before a final few months of European Sherry cask maturation, and the outcome is a quintessential Balvenie, slightly silkier and more profound than its younger sibling. Honey, malt, vanilla, unripe bananas and green apples on the nose. Smooth and well-mannered. The palate majors in fresh fruits, vanilla, creamy spices and cloves. The finish is medium to long, with more honey and vanilla, plus aniseed and warming oak. Score - 4 Stars (out of 5). (Tom Cannavan & Gavin D. Smith, whisky-pages.com)
This new 17 Year Old uses the same process of cask finishing as its younger 12 Year Old sibling. The result shares the honeyed, spicy traits, with a depth that comes from longer aging. NOSE: Deep vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity. TASTE: Soft sweet vanilla notes; rich spicy flavours and a depth and fullness of flavour. FINISH: Soft and lingering.
Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla.