Balblair 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L18/134 R18/5164 L18/9131
Added on
21 Aug 2018 4:28 pm by sad1977

Average value

€ 139.00

4 × in wishlist

67 × member ratings

202 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2005

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.26 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part 4/8 of a Balblair range share. After the standard 12, 15 and 18 it’s now time to dive into the world of vintages.
    • Nose
      Immediately this ‘05 vintage gives way more outspoken character then the new range of age statements! I get pears, vanilla, an earthy note and mild spices. It got a rather light maturation which I like. Very delicate and characterful.
    • Taste
      Fresh and friendly. Very decent body. Sweet and sour. Burst of citrus fruits, vanilla and other mild spices. Apple, orange, licorice, cinnamon. Not a lot of depth though.
    • Finish
      Short-medium. There is actually a very pleasant hint of smoke in the finish as well as a more barley like note. It reminds me of freshly baked bread. That is quite a surprise. Also some white peppers.

      It is a pitty that it is a tad dry/bitter at the end and the finish is rather short. But I have to say, this is more exciting then the new age statement bottlings.

  2. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a honest malt, close to the spirit. The oak only had a limited influence, which results in a 'young' albeit beautifully fruity dram. The new make of Balblair has sulpherous notes that decrease during maturation, traces can still be found in this dram.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Young and malty, reminding me somehow of Dutch genever with its juniper. It's very fresh, with melons, golden raisins, kiwi and banana peel. Some yogurt and fresh laundry too.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet alcohol malt sugars at first, but there's much more to it. Fresh and sour fruits like grapefruit, lemon and soursop. Some flowers, vanilla, croissant, and a surprising note of cinnamon and sulpher.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Fresh and sweet-sour citrus fruits with elderflower, some bread, malt sugars and a hint of sulpherous smoke.

  3. hafssol scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Clear colour and light on the palate for an interesting dram.
    Sweet fruits and vanilla on the nose, followed by a slightly edgy taste of fresh grass, lemon and vanilla again.
    A drop of water makes it more easily enjoyable, yet its smooth and just a bit spicy Highland profile reveals quite peculiar, giving an enjoyable crafty feeling.

  4. daniel.yrh scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Fresh apples, a little spicy, it gets sweeter with some water. I probably had too many sherry-influenced Balblairs thus I find myself enjoying this Balblair 2005 vintage a lot. It's different from the new 12yo age-statement and I love this 2005 way more.

  5. Sander79 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Sample 18-09-20
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Marcel74 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    first release vintage 2005, bottled 2018
    • Nose
      apples, spices, honey, vanilla, leather, oranges, floral and smoke in the background
    • Taste
      Vanilla, orange, toffee
    • Finish
      long and spicy

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A lovely dram! Floral, citrus fruits, a bit of a vanilla, slightly spicy, well integrated alcohol. Very refreshing, perfect for relaxed summer evenings. Super easy to drink, good value. Sadly discontinued.

  9. Defeatless scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a Balblair range share.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Fresh, little sour, some sweet notes of peaches on syrup. Notes of white wine. Little straw. Not really inviting to be honest....
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet arrival. Turns a little bit more sour, but doesn't develop much. Some honey and some hay.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short length. Little sweet, bit woody but turns bitter in the end.

  10. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior


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