If the taster is especially fond of the barrel influence, then that's probably a fair statement and a good recommendation.

I guess my taste buds are not that advanced. I've had several bottles of the 10 y/o, which I find very pleasant, reminiscent of cognac. The lone bottle of the 17 y/o I've tasted is a bit too woody and dry to my taste. YMMV. (Maybe I'll grow into it over time. Who knows?)

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield