The question I have is about the Balvenie 17 New Oak. I am a huge DW 12 fan so of course it wasn't a stretch for the me to try this. The only press I have been able to find on this is that it is a limited release so I bought a couple bottles. I also found out recently that the 17 gets released every so often with different wood finishes (the last was Sherry?). So what I am wondering is do these become valuable with time or are they not that highly thought of? I think I can get a few mores bottles in a local store and trying to determine whether or not to buy more and store them.
A new line from Balvenie, finished in new American oak casks. We know what you're thinking - how is it different to last year's 'New Wood' bottling? Well, it's quite simple: 'New Wood' didn't specify what kind of casks were used for the initial maturation, while this is announced as a marriage of Bourbon and Sherry wood casks! Also, it's 43% rather than 40%. And, most importantly, 'New Wood' was a never-to-be-repeated release, whereas this is a 'First Bottling'. You see? Totally different.
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