Whisky Focus - Ballantines 17 Year Old Whisky Bible 2011 Best Whisky

Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

11th October 2010

Ballantines 17 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Awarded 97.5 Points Whisky Bible 2010

A blended scotch whisky has swept aside all single malt rivals to take the prestigious Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible Award for 2011.

Ballantine’s 17 year old has topped all other whiskies in this year’s publication, which includes 4,500 different brands – of which over 1,000 new entries were tasted by Jim Murray in six months.

Nose 24.5 points: Deft grain and honey plus teasing salty peat; ultra high quality with bourbon and pear drops offering the thrust; a near unbelievable integration with gooseberry juice offering a touch of sharpness muted by watered golden syrup.

Taste 24 points: Immediately mouth watering with maltier tones clambering over the graceful cocoa-enriched grain; the degrees of sweetness are varied but near perfection; just hints of smoke here and there.

Finish 24 points: Lashings of vanilla and cocoa on the fade; drier with a faint spicey, vaguely smoky buzz; has become longer with more recent bottlings with the most subtle oiliness imaginable.

Overall Balance & Complexity 25 points Now only slightly less weighty than of old. After a change of style direction it has comfortably reverted back to its sophisticated, mildly erotic old self. One of the most beautiful, complex and stunningly structured whiskies ever created. Truly the epitome of great Scotch. To the extent that for the last year, I have simply been unable to find a better whisky anywhere in the world. 43%.

Whisky Bible 2011 Now Available From Amazon

Whisky Bible 2011



Where To Buy The Whisky Bible 2010

The Whisky Bible is published by Dram Good Books and is available from Amazon

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