- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- 1st Fill Spanish Oak Butt Finish
- Number of bottles
- 54.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- La Maison du Whisky
- Added on
- 03 Oct 2017 2:28 pm by lrb85
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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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A delicious malt, which is characterized more by the oak than by the sherry. But that never seems too pushy.
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.
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.
China bark. Dark chocolate. Grape skins. Roasted notes.
Strong, tart, fruity. Liquorice, overripe raspberries, wild strawberries and some mint. Vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce. Cherry jam. Cloves and cinnamon.
Creamy, slightly oily. Raspberry syrup, red pears, plum jam. Dark chocolate with pomegranate seeds. Dark grapes. Coffee and leather.