- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 14 years old
- American Oak
- 48.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L6C 6253 1402
- Added on
- 02 Apr 2018 11:42 am by Dr.Nose
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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 2003 Peat Week
19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.48 points
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Very dry smoke, quite rough tasting (needs water), also sweet with vanilla and honey, lemon, dusty wood notes and a lot of white pepper.
Medium: some honey sweetness, liquorice, but mainly dry dusty scorched oak wood and peppery spiciness.
- Short finish, peat not very well integrated in the distillate imho. Would always prefer other peated Highland/Speyside malts and take my Balvenie unpeated, e.g. 12 Single Barrel.
- Not just like adding some peat smoke to the classic Balvenie sweetness. Yes, it has all the usual hallmarks of the distillery and a bold, clearly recognizable peat explosion.
But all the elements are wonderfully balanced, resulting in a very earthly feeling, with a quite long finish full of fragrance with pepper and fresh springtime herbs.
Maybe a bit on the expensive side, which doesn't make it a recurring everyday dram, anyway fully rewarding for its taste.
- Wood smoke and honey. Not particularly exciting
peat, wood, vanilla, bbq meat, thyme
peat, ash, banana, vanilla, pepper, liquorice
- 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
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
very smoky, dry, spicy, bitter, pepper ... later a little creamy-chocolatey in the background
medium length, milk chocolate, mild sharpness