- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2000
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.46 points
- Tasted at the Whisky Show, Budapest 2018.10.27.
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+
- 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.
fudge, fruitcake batter, gentle european oak spices, baked apple with cinnamon, something a bit floral - turkish delight, and pomegranate. pretty old school somehow.
substantial maturity showing again, but still quite spirit driven too. at first it's on sweet and sour, touch of menthol, then sweetness builds with some daisies, pears with muscovado. just a slight off-bourbon note demotes the whisky slightly here
quite long with some peach slices and nutmeg joining in, and again that wee menthol side
- 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!
- My first experience with Balblair distillery. I was very pleasantly surprised - more fruity sweet, quite distinctive and juicy whisky - more interesting than I expected. I recommend.
Chocolate, some grass peeks, maybe steamy? Scent quite distinctive, "juicy", fruity - it is not typical overripe fruit, but rather oranges. Yes, oranges!
Sweet, I'd guess Speyside the first time. The taste is denser, sweet fruit, chocolate and some woody tones.