Balblair 2006

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Hand Bottling
Calculated age
12 years old
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Aug 2018 9:45 am by DrMatt
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 90.00

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2006

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.50 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    It’s hard to resist the exclusive distillery bottlings where you are actually visiting the distillery. Trust me, been there more than my wallet cares to remember. But this one was filled by my Dutch buddy Marcel and he was so gracious as to send me a sample. This Balblair matured for 12 years. It’s a single cask at cask strength, something you do not see often from this Highland distillery.

    Summery nose on quince, apples and truckload of vanilla. Hint of sultanas and some litchi. But also sniffing tobacco and… papier-maché. That’s a first. Hint of liquorice, like the well-known crayons from Holland, with the white sugar coating. Pleasant, but nothing more.

    The arrival is surprisingly soft, I have to say. Grape juice, icing sugar, lime, grapefruit, apples and again a huge dose of vanilla. But it turns quite bitter very fast. The grapefruit turns into quinine into tannins. Not much else, I’m afraid, which leaves something to be desired.

    The medium long finish offers nothing new.

    To be honest, I expected more from this. This is a regular Balblair with just some more alcohol. Thanks nonetheless, Marcel!

  2. tommy12 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    light color, like strong white wine, restrained nose, vanilla, little alcohol in the bouquet, diluted with water to just under 46%: very oily, lots of bootlegs. Taste: extremely strong (alcohol), therefore further diluted to about 43%: then slight sweetness, distinct bitterness, which lasts long, otherwise (too) little taste, somewhat inharmonious, not again. The longer matured whiskys from Balblair with sherry finish are on the other hand really extraordinary wonderful (eg 1990 2nd release and the 1991 3rd release).


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