Balblair 2000

Overall rating
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

€ 103.64

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236 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2000

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.54 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. 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

  3. 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

  4. P.K.S scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. 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

  6. MarvinJL scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

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

  7. RomanRekin scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    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!

  8. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Pyromann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      Chocolate, some grass peeks, maybe steamy? Scent quite distinctive, "juicy", fruity - it is not typical overripe fruit, but rather oranges. Yes, oranges!
    • Taste
      Sweet, I'd guess Speyside the first time. The taste is denser, sweet fruit, chocolate and some woody tones.
    • Finish
      Sharper, pungent

  10. A0525 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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