Lowlands, Scotland- The longer maturation of Ballantine’s 17Yr gives an extra depth of flavor and character to the blend. Characterized by a subtle sensation of smokiness, it has a fruity and velvety texture coming from fresh fruits.
Critic tasting note: “Malt biscuits, runny caramel, blended black tea, melting butter sliding across a hot skillet, the leather uppers on new Oxfords, and a more enjoyable waft of peat smoke than expected. Clean, light flavors; lime jelly, root ginger, initially not overly sweet, then a boost of honey, caramelized fruits, with toffee and cocoa later still. It’s pricked with hints of smoke throughout, with a long finish of pepper and other spices. Perfectly enjoyable anytime.” – 89/100, Whisky Advocate