This review will look at the Balvenie Doublewood 17 Year Old which is the second expression in the Balvenie Core range to be a Doublewood style. It’s also part of the whisky in the Balvenie core range. Following this review I’ll also be reviewing the Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood and the past review into the Balvenie core range which consist of a 12yr Doublewood and a 14yr Caribbean Cask.
The Balvenie distillery is located in the heart of Dufftown in Speyside, Scotland. It’s also located near its sister distilleries Glenfiddich and Kininvie. So the Balvenie 17 Year old Doublewood is aged in a combination of Traditional whisky oak casks and finished off in a Sherry casks, it’s also bottled at an abv of 43%. It’s a whisky that can also be found in supermarkets and local shops here in the UK for approximately £92, so without further ado let’s get into the tasting notes.
Colour: Bronze Gold.
Nose: On the nose distinctive creamy vanilla custard, chocolate pralines, sweeter toffee notes and polished oak along with honeyed barley.
Palate: On the palate it begins with spiced apples, a dash of nutmeg, further spices in white pepper, candied ginger and even a cinnamon swirl. As it progresses sweeter notes develop into fudge, honey, orange zest, vanilla is back in vanilla butter icing and soft sherry notes on the end.
Finish: The finish is more medium to long, ending on creamy vanilla, spiced apple and a slight dried oak.
AGE: 17 Years
CASKS: Tradition Whisky Casks + Sherry Oak Casks.
DISTILLERY: The Balvenie Distillery
COMPANY: William Grant & Sons
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
Comments: In my opinion on the Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood is you can instantly tell it’s a older sibling to the 12 year old Doublewood expression, as it does have more depth and spice along with texture. But when it comes to the subject is it value for money that’s what leaves me on the fence. This is because as its close to £100 compared to other 17yr to 18yr whiskies it is priced £20 more and compared to its competitors just begs the question to why as it doesn’t offer as much as the price asks. But if you’re looking for a richer version of the 12yr more rounded with more aspect of spice then this would be the one to go to. Water can be added to reduce the spice as it does take out the punch the spice offers up.