Ballantines 17 Year Old

Ballantines 17 Year Old Furthering my month of Blended whisky i had persuaded the guys from the #12dramsofxmas blind tastings to go along with #12blends. The purpose of #12blends is simple, 12 whisky bloggers and twitterers would send the other 11 a sample of a blended whisky marked only with their random number. The point being on a set day between 1st and 12th April that the other 11 would try to guess what the whisky is scoring points for Producer, Expression, Age and ABV with the overall winner being awarded a bottle of Compass Box Asyla kindly donated by the brilliant blended whisky producers Compass Box.

I've let it a few days before starting these reviews just so that i can catch up and also as some i have reviewed before, even though i'm unlikely to remember them.

Next up and day 4 was Andrew (@ardbaggie) with Ballantines 17 Year Old a dram i'd had before and didn't recognise, DOH.

My stupid guess for this was a 1980's Black and White NAS 40%

Bottle Name Ballantines
Bottler Ballantines
Distiller Ballantines
Age* 17
ABV 40%
Nose Initally i get a slight whiff of malt but then it goes really quite sweet and grassy, i really like the nose to this, it's very familiar but i can't pin it down at all. 5 mins in the glass and it calms down and becomes very moreish
Taste malty and a little sweet, digestive biscuits and marmalade
Finish sweet and lasting, very nice indeed


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