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

€ 80,27

8 × in wishlist

83 × member ratings

170 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2000

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.69 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. anKovax scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  5. Belli700 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  7. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 754: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS_NcTXQn7w (89/100).

    "It's a slow sipper, very much a slow sipper. ... Everytime I pour a glass it just gets better and I discover something new."

  8. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. djmaxliving did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    I am not allowed to add another Balblair vintage from 2000 release two and bottled in 2017 instead, it's fairly similar to this one. Though I will not rate it because that is unfair.

    Nose - sweet, apple, fruit, green notes, spice and light.

    Taste - Spice, barley, baked apples, strong, chilly, heat and slight hint of oak.

    Finish - Medium/ short length - oak and pepper.

    Thoughts - for 46% the mouth is really strong and needs quite a lot of water to tame it down. I don't really taste the new Spanish, for the few years they have been matured in. 83 points


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