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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ballantines 17 yo, 43 %

Review #211
A blend from Ballantines that has won several awards through the years. Let’s see if we can figure out why. The smell is sweet, fresh, and very easy on the nose. I like the smell but it seems like the proportion of the grain whiskies is very high and almost make the smell to clean and unchallenging.

Much more going on in the taste. Vanilla and toasted oak wood at first and then some fresh fruits like crisp apples. The finish is long but not that complex. The wood stays for a while with a mix of herbs and spices.

Definitely a blend that is worth visiting, and to the price I will recommend to give it a go. It is not in the same class as the good malts, but a robust blend! Do I understand all the prices awarded? Somewhat… I will give this 84/100 (21/22/21/20).

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