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Balvenie 2003 Peat Week

Overall rating
85.53/100
votes
94
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2003
Bottled
14.02.2018
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
American Oak
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L6C 6253 1402
Barcode
5010327525945
Added on
02 Apr 2018 11:42 am by Dr.Nose
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73,83

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 2003 Peat Week

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.53 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    For a 14 year old 60+ euro bottling it's got a bit of a young and simple feel to it. It's sweet, smoky and palatable, but it also could have done with some more fruitiness and overall complexity.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh herbal peat, a little meaty, lots of vanilla, honey, citrus, some aniseed and fresh wood notes. Doesn't smell like 14 years of aging (I would also have believed it to be half this age), but it's an ok nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very dry smoke, quite rough tasting (needs water), also sweet with vanilla and honey, lemon, dusty wood notes and a lot of white pepper.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium: some honey sweetness, liquorice, but mainly dry dusty scorched oak wood and peppery spiciness.

  2. face scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  3. RobIsrael scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I really like the core spirit of Balvenie, the peat really did the job and transforms it into a very nice mainland peated malt.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Nice clean mainland peat, sweet barley, little bit of vanilla and oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      More peaty then the nose suggest, sharp clean, citrus notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, peaty, citrus, little bit of toasted oak.

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A dram that displays a none too impressive nose, but the palate speaks to its quality. Hugely malty and honeyed, with the distillate standing front and center alongside herbal-and-peppery mainland peat. Not stunning but substantial, almost with the Indie feel characteristic of smaller craft bottlings. Recommended!
    • Nose
      Yeah, I don't know. Not immediately convinced, so much is for certain. Noses a lot younger than its stated age, probably due to the fact that they've stored this in pretty inactive casks to retain the intensity of the peat aroma. Mission accomplished, I guess, because the smoke comes through alright, with the kind of earthy, herbal, farmy quality you often get from non-coastal peat. Behind that there's oatmeal, honey, and malt biscuits. So like the peatiness, the malty sweetness of the Balvenie distillate has been kept alive as well. No fruitiness as such, perhaps a sense of slight acidity in the background. Very distillate-forward nose to say the least. Au naturel, if you will.
    • Taste
      Sweet and silky arrival, gets then peppery and zingy, before an unexpected fruity juiciness appears. After that, it's a huge blast of sheer unadulterated creamy malty sweetness (yum!), then the smoke returns with a vengeance as well as a vegetal note (salad greens and spinach, surprisingly). After initial skepticism I have to admit that this one definitely provides a multi-stage journey. Very pronounced and extended development, impressive at this age.
    • Finish
      Bitter herbs and spices: thyme, cumin, eukalyptus, sage, and rose pepper, all of it sprinkled on top of some rucola salad. Still a malty-sweet resonance, please don't shoot me if I note the much-invoked Balvenie honey at this point. Essentially, if you like honeyed herbal cough lozenges, this finish is for you.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a peat at balvenie, rare for me!
    • Nose
      creamy and light peat, vanilla and a little citrus!
    • Taste
      strange sensation with this peaty sweetness, creamy, these sweet spices also in the background,
      fine scents a little herbaceous, then the peat reappears with vanilla and slightly cooked citrus, giving even more sweetness.
    • Finish
      medium to long enough, on peat and wood and malt.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Notes from internet
    • Nose
      Soft aromas of sweet peat smoke, butterscotch, honey and floral accents.
    • Taste
      Soft and round with notes of peat smoke, ripe citrus fruit, vanilla, soft oak and floral honey
    • Finish
      A fine balance between soft smoke and creamy sweet vanilla.

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