Balvenie 2003 Peat Week

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 87.11

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171 × member ratings

639 × in collection

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

  1. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  2. 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.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  4. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. hafssol scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    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.

  6. Teresa scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. lys1 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Wood smoke and honey. Not particularly exciting

  8. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      peat, wood, vanilla, bbq meat, thyme
    • Taste
      peat, ash, banana, vanilla, pepper, liquorice

  9. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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


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