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Balblair 1996

Overall rating
89.58/100
votes
42
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2018
Casktype
1st Fill Spanish Oak Butt Finish
Casknumber
022
Number of bottles
669
Strength
54.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509881432
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Added on
03 Oct 2017 2:28 pm by lrb85
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.90

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1996

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.58 points

  1. Stiobhan scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Starting with a heavy oak influence it reveals a lot of fruits and a long lasting finish. On the palate it presents a lot of spices and sweet fruits, vanilla and raisins.

  2. Numwierum scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great scent that rises in the nose! Toffee, milk chocolate, light spicy notes, some eucalyptus and liquorice root. In the mouth it offers a just as good spectacle, as it joins a bit bitter orange marmalade. Very long and pleasant finish, the Spanish oak packs vigorously again! Need the water, I do not think so.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. JungleDram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The first attempt without water: Complex, slightly closed malt with Christmas flavors. Nose, taste and finish are very pleasing and delicate, makes you want more. I have to do it again.

  4. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Jnpons scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Color: beautiful mahogany, amber, copper highlights

    A more or less well integrated alcohol, needs some ventilation time.

    After 10 minutes, we have a pretty nice nose, greedy on red fruit, stewed red fruit.
    We have notes of wild strawberries.
    The influence of the barrel is great. We have nuts, on the nose I have a feeling of teeling, a good well fruity Irish.

    Notes of bananas too, a certain earthy, but fruity side.

    Really here I have a good impression of Irish.

  6. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The whisky captivates with its immense fruitiness, which consists mainly of lighter fruit. You can tell the finish, the fruitiness is put on, I guess the whisky has only seen the Spanish barrel for 1, maximum 2 years. The complexity of what I would expect from a 22-year-old single cask is lacking. The finish is rather short. A whisky that you can have fun while tasting, but that doesn't stay in your memory.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A delicious malt, which is characterized more by the oak than by the sherry. But that never seems too pushy.
    • Nose
      The fruits tend towards berry fruits, which are still somewhat sour. Also something like this Em-eukal wild cherry candy. A hint of a mixture of herb and flower meadows. Plus lots of dark wood notes, darkened chocolate cake and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Dark caramel. Roasted almonds. Again these wild cherry sweets. In the mouth, the influences of wood and bitter notes are even stronger, but never uncomfortable. Tobacco and leather. Tree bark. Warm sawdust.
    • Finish
      China bark. Dark chocolate. Grape skins. Roasted notes.

  8. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strong, tart, fruity. Liquorice, overripe raspberries, wild strawberries and some mint. Vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce. Cherry jam. Cloves and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Creamy, slightly oily. Raspberry syrup, red pears, plum jam. Dark chocolate with pomegranate seeds. Dark grapes. Coffee and leather.

  10. Valérie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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