17yr Old Ballantine’s

This is a tasting note I recently found somewhere in my own house..  A tasting note of a 17yr old Ballantine’s.

My handwriting is terrible sometimes, and this is one of the notes that took time to decode. But I did it, and I’d like to share this with you, it was a challenge!

  • Name: Ballantine’s
  • Country: Scotland
  • Type: Blend
  • Price per standard amount: € 50,00

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 3.40.19 PMBallantine’s is known for it’s flavor and quality. Like ( i think ) most of the whiskydrinkers, had a ballantine’s at least once in their lives. If you haven’t, you should! I remember having the first nip of the 17yr old.  Soft, honey and a complexity on in my mouth, the cheeks, lovely.

It has a great history as well. Just imagine, in the year 1827 George Ballantine opened a small grocery store and sold different whiskies to his costumers. At one moment George decides to make his move in the whisky world by making his own blend under the name: George Ballantine Son Ltd.

Did you know that the taste of Ballantine’s depends on around 50 different types of Single Malts?

Let’s move on to the decoded tasting notes.

  • Color: Amber gold
  • Nose: Honey, vanilla, citrus, lemon, raisins, wet leafs in the middle of summer, woody notes, soft, mellow and peated
  • Taste: Complexity of wood, vanilla, pepper, honey, salt and summerish
  • Finish: Medium salty

Suggestions: A drop if water (just one) will release the flavors even more.


I give this whisky an 8.5 out of 10.



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  1. Nice notes. A few of the blend brand names around today started out as grocer’s in-house blends, e.g. Teacher’s. I believe two of the malts at the heart of the Ballantine’s 17 are Miltonduff and Glenburgie, which must help to impart that beautifully creamy texture.

    I find Ballantine’s 17 one of the smoothest whiskies I’ve ever tried, if you like blends (i.e. complex, balanced) it’s a winner. If you’re more of a single cask person, you may find it bland.

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