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Balvenie 2003 Peat Week

Overall rating
85.54/100
votes
151
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

€ 77.45

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 2003 Peat Week

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.54 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. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. praisethepasta scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The balance on this is just excellent, and while I’m probably not the biggest fan of Balvenie (don’t get me wrong: I like it, the double oak is a very good entry level dram, but my experience with the broader range is just too limited to say I’m really familiar with their whiskies), this classifies as a little gem.
    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity and floral with orangezeste, red fruit and even some chamomile perhaps, nutty, coming in all together with the peat smoke (reminiscent of charred wet wood, like a washed out campfire), wood, a bit of a dirty note with some wet grass and hay and overripe, almost decaying oranges and overly sweet candy. The balance between the fruity/sweet notes, the smoke and the dirty notes is near perfect!
    • Taste
      86 86
      a bit of a sharp arrival, fruity-smoky (oranges, ashy, wet wood again) and more wood. The nose transfers itself quite nicely into the palate, although it’s less sweet (none of those candy notes here), but yet again, the balance between the softer fruity Speyside notes and the almost Islay like smoke (somewhere between Laphroaig without the minerally/medicinal notes and Caol Ila) is again spot on.
    • Finish
      85 85
      dirty-earthy, wet wood, a bit of an alcoholic nip that lingers on but makes way for a syrupy smokiness with a sticky tong-coating touch.

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    for 60 € and more it is a pipe cracker (as I said, I can get a Finlaggan for 20 €, and it is not much worse), you hardly notice anything on the barrel, the 14 years are a joke, the 48.3% feel more like it after 40 on
    • Nose
      primarily only smoky, flat, spontaneously reminiscent of the normal Finlaggan NAS (20 €) without anything ... later a bit meaty, tree needles, a hint of stable smell
    • Taste
      very smoky, dry, spicy, bitter, pepper ... later a little creamy-chocolatey in the background
    • Finish
      medium length, milk chocolate, mild sharpness

  6. DB1965 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly separate Balvenie. Beautiful in balance
    • Nose
      86 86
      Aromas of turf smoke, honey and floral.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft, again peat smoke, citrus, vanilla, honey, oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium finish, smoke, vanilla.

  7. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. face scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

  9. 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.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 85 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
      85 85
      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
      85 85
      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
      84 84
      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.

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