Balvenie 17yo Sherry Oak

Dr. Whisky has posted some interesting tasting notes on a rare Balvenie expression, with some great historical context:

The Balvenie 17yo Sherry Oak
Speyside Single Malt Whisky
43% abv

A few years ago Balvenie introduced a limited release 17yo that had been finished in casks that had previously held peaty Islay whisky called The Balvenie 17yo Islay Cask. Today, that bottling is highly collectible and it spawned a series of annually released 17yo expressions from malt master David Stewart and his long-serving apprentice Brian Kinsman. We have seen Islay Cask, New Wood, New Oak, Sherry Oak, and this year, The Balvenie Rum Cask 17yo (to be tasted on the next post).

This release spent all of its 17 years maturation in European oak casks that used to hold oloroso, the dark, glycerine-rich “scented” Spanish sherry. This presents a rare opportunity as most Balvenies contain significant percentages of American oak and only rare single casks like Cask 191 (50 year old and £6000 per bottle) show The Balvenie under full sherry influence.

Click through for the full tasting notes.

We’ve noted the Balvenie rum cask before on Scotchtalk.

~ by whisky1 on October 1, 2008.

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