Review: The Balvenie 17 Year SherryOak

The Balvenie’s 17 Year SherryOak was their 2007 17 Year release and it was the first time a 100% sherried Balvenie was bottled by the distillery. This was high up on my wishlist for a long time and I eventually finally found someone willing to trade one away. As it was bottled in 2007, this whisky was all distilled in 1990 or earlier and was matured in 100% first fill Oloroso Sherry casks. Balvenie’s 17 year releases never disappoint. Would this be an exception?

The Balvenie 17 Year SherryOak - 43% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Copper
Nose Sweet and spicy, red berries, toffee, honey, sherry, cloves, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cherries, mint leaves, vanilla, oak, hint of fennel
Taste Softer than expected and a bit thin [chill filtration], plenty of vanilla, sherry for sure, white pepper, some chocolate, almost bordering on cappuccino, honey. The oak comes out more with time, more cinnamon and toffee
Finish Long, spicy, not dry at all. Honey and oak are the last to fade. Oh, that Balvenie is just soooooo typical.
Overall Thoughts I think I would have liked this a lot more if I tried it before some other wonderful Balvenie 100% sherry offerings. That said, this is still a solid dram and certainly worth trying as it has some maturity to it.
Total Score 89/100