Overall rating
Single Malt
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Bottling serie
The Soul of Scotland
Calculated age
09 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
60.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 8:20 pm by ak47
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 79.00

3 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

68 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2009 ANHA

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.88 points

  1. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      White wine

      The first thing that comes to my mind is a clear grain note. Then the alcohol pushes itself through. In the background there is a sour, unripe fruit note. Pear brandy and something nutty. I'll let it stand a bit…
      With a little time in the glass, the alcohol stays much better. Now comes damp wood, wet cardboard and a lightly scented, floral note. Fresh mirabelle plums prevail pleasantly. Plus a sour fruit. Goes well towards mandarins. Smells a bit herbaceous now. Some vanilla and sourdough are added. A really fresh pinch blows through the glass.
      Have no water on it.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly soft start. Then the alcohol comes and brings a bizarre feeling in the mouth. A little pepper spices up the story a little. A bright fruit sweetness makes its way. Plus something metallic and slightly acidic. Vanilla, a little yeast and subtly woody.
    • Finish
      Medium length. But gets nice and creamy. And carried by a pleasant sweetness. With subtle spice.

  2. Bam scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Strong, quite multi-layered malt, for my taste but a bit too impetuous. Also significantly diluted, the alcohol is still very dominant.
    • Nose
      Lemon grind, white pepper, juicy oranges suddenly appear, followed by strong vanilla and malt sweetness. Yellow peach and some coconut. Butter biscuits with milk chocolate
    • Taste
      A strong start with a full pot of vanilla, then turns into milk chocolate, which is slowly getting darker. Slightly grassy, slightly malty. Very oily and dry at the same time.
    • Finish
      Although significantly thinned, the upper oral cavity is slightly numb, down the now tender bittersweet chocolate has stuck in the cheeks still the lemon. Some vanilla sounds slow.

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    pure is the nose in spite of the obvious youth somehow great and fascinating. In the mouth and especially with water, it is matured and corresponding to the age. Could have a few more years too. But it will also be somewhat interchangeable and not unlike Balblair's regular ex-bourbon OA bottlings of the same age. So enjoy pure, in small sips :)
    • Nose
      In the nose extremely fruity, oily, honey, yeast, like fresh Hefezopf. With water, the nose does not get worse, but it loses its intensity, soft and soft is everything, the flavors remain.
    • Taste
      Purely racy in the mouth, very much licorice, fruit, a slight acidity. Everything becomes softer with water, licorice, wood and the sour notes become fruit.
    • Finish
      Finish: strong, licorice, burnt bread roll. With water here also gentler, slightly oaky, slightly dusty and licorice

  4. Schalasch scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    fruity, honey sweetness, lots of hay in the nose, alcoholic, very similar to the 10-year-old from Gordon & MacPhail, but in cask strength. The bottle was opened fresh, I'm curious how it develops over time.
    With a lot of water and some time it tastes of sweet liquorice juice, probably not for everyone, I think it's great.


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