Balblair 2000

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Spanish Oak Butts Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Jan 2018 10:05 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 197.93

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97 × member ratings

274 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2000

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.99 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    Balblair certainly know how to confuse both customers and retailers and it’s been an unneccessary bone of contention for years. For example:
    There have been other 2000 vintages back in the day. First up was a 2000 vintage 1st release bottled in 2010 [WB], and another 1st release [WB] and a 2nd release [WB] both bottled in 2011 - as well as a number of single cask bottlings. This latest 2000 vintage however, replaces the previous 1999 vintage and its position in the duty-free market. With regards to the ongoing confusion over vintage releases, I got the low-down from one of Balblair’s global ambassadors. As I understand it:

    •‘2nd release’ is so called when the master blender [Stuart Harvey], deems the taste profile for a particular vintage batch to have changed significantly from the first release.
    •A vintage batch may have been further aged and/or finished from the initial release, though not necessarily with enough of a taste profile difference to deem it worthy of 2nd release status. For instance, the 1983 1st release bottled in 2013 did have a differing profile to the 1983 1st release bottled in 2014, though both are deemed 1st releases and are labelled accordingly.
    •Subsequent releases do now carry a bottling year to differentiate them from previous 1st or 2nd releases - hallelujah! From memory I believe only vintages 1989, 1991 and 1999 got as far as a 3rd release.
    •The inclusion of a bottling year now clears up confusion from the past, though I still think it would be simpler to additionally label subsequent releases sequentially - 3rd, 4th, 5th release etc., regardless of the perceived taste profile. This logical system has done Aberlour A’bunadh or Laphroaig’s CS batch series no harm whatsoever.
    •Finally the bottling date isn’t always specified by retailers, and in previous years the bottling date was printed on the back [or not at all], meaning retail internet pictures don’t necessarily reveal all! So when purchasing Balblair vintages, make sure you ascertain the bottling year as well as the vintage date and the release number. Nuff said!

    N: Like a floral-scented shower room in the summertime, fresh/soft and underpinned with sweet honeyed toast.
    T: Remembering that this is a 17yo [far older than the original 2000/2011 vintage WB], and with a varied mix of casks, the result is pleasing. It’s a drinker alright.
    F: Sweet to fresh, all very relaxed.
    C: No grumbles here.

    Scores a C+

  2. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Dear Balblair 2000,

    I tasted you a few days after tasting the 1999. The latter really let me down and reminded me of the 1989-2012 edition that wasn’t for me to say the least.
    You are something else. You are honey, you are oranges, you are lemon on a sunny day. You are exquisite and I will do my best to replace you now that I have finished your bottle in less than a week. Blame the lockdown!

  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the Whisky Show, Budapest 2018.10.27.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    this is a really classy use of sherry wood finish, a decent amount of time (5 years) has allowed proper integration, and the european oak adds a beautiful restrained fruit and spice that works excellently with balblair's characterful young ex-bourbon spirit.
    • Nose
      dry sherry (amontillado), fudge, fruitcake batter, gentle european oak spices, baked apple with cinnamon, something a bit floral - turkish delight, touch of celery seed and pomegranate. pretty old school somehow.
    • Taste
      substantial maturity showing again, but still quite spirit driven too. at first it's on sweet and sour, more of those dry sherry notes, touch of menthol, then sweetness builds with some daisies, spiced pear upside down cake with muscovado
    • Finish
      quite long, slightly wood bitter, pipe tobacco definitely with some peach slices and nutmeg joining in, and again that wee menthol side

  5. kikist scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Nose and taste really really good just finish is somehow weak for me. Definitely not a sherry bomb, sherry is well integrated, Like for that!
    • Nose
      82 82
      Violets, lavender, bananas, nail polish removal, bread, mellow
    • Taste
      86 86
      Lemon, sweet, peach ice tea!, almonds, sour, soapy
    • Finish
      76 76
      some Bananas, peach ice tea, medium length

  6. tangtang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This too is rather reserved on the nose, but it is very pleasant on the palate and in the finish. In terms of profile, it is more on the fruity side.

    It degrades extremely with water and appears very one-dimensional. Definitely better without water.
    • Nose
      very closed, slightly fruity oak, dried fruits, raisins, slightly sweet, some chocolate in the background, I also get a slight note of cinnamon. With a few drops of water it opens and the sherry notes become more intense. The cinnamon note disappears.
      With a few drops of water it looks even more closed and softer. The aromas have almost completely disappeared and only oak, citrus fruits and nuts remain
    • Taste
      fruity at first, lots of plums and apricots, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, later becoming a bit bitter, citrus fruits come out lightly and some nuts
      With a few drops of water it will come out very sweet, caramel and chocolate that goes fruity and spicy
    • Finish
      sweet fruity finish, notes of sherry come into their own here, but it quickly becomes drier and more bitter.
      With a little water, the aroma profile becomes lower and it becomes sweeter.

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Glensiddich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The sherry notes in this were really subtle and floral. Delicious, deep nose.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. P.K.S scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Waited a long time on trying this too long imho. I reely like the old balblair vintigis, natural and 46% what is not to like?
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first i get plums and some sweet raisin, amazing floral, full bodde,oily teksure. Lakris cinnamon mild chiĺli medium dark shokolade, sweet aple amazing stuff. with 1/3 teespoon of wather: nose is a lot cuiter, more sjokolade and lakrrish,oily full bodied, hint of chiĺli in the back
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily spisy,full boddie, wood spises, amazing chilli/oily in the backround. With water: oily,calm chilli then oakspisyness then sjokolade with lakerish and pepper in the back. Now after water its 89points
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long amazing finnish wit like oak/chilli spisyness, oily. with water: more intense oak and chilli oakspisyness oily with water 89points

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A great nose.
    Tastes good, but not remarkable.
    Overall a nice malt.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice color.
      Thick drops on the glass.

      Not sure what Spanish Oak means.
      Just oak from Spain?
      Or what was in there beforehand?
      Let's see...

      Do you know that beautiful, fine smell, this mixture of delicate wood notes and some fruit, the way an empty glass often smells?
      That's exactly how it smells!

      Wood notes, strong and bitter.
      I smell sherry, delicate and sweet.
      Nothing sticks in the nose.
      Nice and harmonious ...
    • Taste
      81 81
      This aroma continues in the mouth.
      It becomes creamy, spicy.
      The wood is in the foreground.
    • Finish
      84 84


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