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Balvenie 17 Year Old Sherry Oak

Restarting on a discontinued dram!

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LReview by @Lifewaterforce

27th Aug 2014


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With job-searching and life-planning filling up my spring & summer means i haven't been able to spend too much time reviewing whiskies.

But during my little "off-time" at my parents place in the south of Sweden, i found that my dear dad had kept a now discontinued Balvenie around. Which one? The 17 year old "Sherry Wood"!

Nose: Bittersweet sherry but more bitter than sweet. Citrus fruit and lemon peel with a toasted oloroso sherry oak. Cherries, figues and little cola. A herbal edge at the end of the nose with angelica and basil.

Palate: Citrus, barley sugars & barley citrus. Continues relentlessly with orange marmelade and vanilla cream. The typical Balvenie maltiness signature. An elegant, sweet and creamy malt note. This malty note carries the development with coffee, caramel and almonds.

Finish: This one ends on a very pleasant mellow oloroso sherry note with lots of bitter cacao and arabica beans. Some Ginger accompanies the duo with some lingering barley sugars.

Good find this! Didn't think it would be as good thinking that this bottle was around the time Blavenie had a dip in quality (2007-8 ish) but this bottle just proves that there are good bottles everywhere and that we should indeed shop around to see what we can find, if anything for the experience, good or bad as it may be. Ironic since i didn't buy this bottle, but i gave my father an extra warm hug.

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