Balvenie DoubleWood 17y

Oaky Ice Cream

Reviewed by victor

Importing some older reviews - original review date was October 2, 2017. I'm hardly alone in having The Balvenie Doublewood 12 pave the way into the world of fine whiskies. It's been a staple since I started to really enjoy scotch a few years ago. I've wanted to try the 17 year old version for a long time and finally got around to it by buying a few miniatures and samples. Here we go!

Deep copper (has coloring)


Very sweet with a little sting. A lot of vanilla.


Oak and vanilla. Slightly oily mouthfeel.


Vanilla dominates. An ounce of sherry and lingering oak.

Very tasty, this one! Especially the finish. Vanilla everywhere. Hard to find anything else than the obvious vanilla, oak and sherry, but that's OK with me. What's not OK is the price (not factored into the score). At double(!) the price of the 12 year old, I'd buy two 12s every time. In a direct comparison to the 12 I'd say that I like the 17 a bit more still. Similar but a little fuller, more vanilla, less oak.


82 / 100
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