Overall rating
Single Malt
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
13 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:22 pm by SIEBERTS WHISKYWELT
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 112.47

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28 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 2004 HiSp

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.46 points

  1. Luigisim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Amazing cask.
    Ice cream of white chocolate mixed with cookies.
    Soft and linger.
    Smooth and easy to drink.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Believe this is my first Balmenach ... why are there so few bottlings? Bottled for hidden spirits from Italy, I have to say very clearly here that I had never tried any - really no hidden spirits that I found grotty. Andrea Ferrari's barrel selection is excellent to say the least.
    Nose: No whisky that hits you in the face with your fist. Dignified, mild, sweet, Fior di latte ice cream in the sunset in the Tuscan hills. Pineapple, butter cream cake, white grapes. Buttery-sweet in the mouth too. Biscuit cake. Light caramel and shortbread. In the finish, the sweetness slowly gives way to a woody spice. Very pleasant pepper note, no unpleasant sharpness but this note of fresh, spicy pepper.
    No, it's not a complexity monster. It is simple but tasty. But why does it always have to be complicated? The world is crazy enough anyway. A whisky for mild summer evenings. Or warm spring days like today. Exactly what I need right now. 88 points.

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, sweet and malty, fresh and clean, very young, green apples, orange peel
    • Taste
      Very citrusy, lively, fresh and fruity, very spirity and hot, full body
    • Finish
      Medium, modern style sugary, malty

  4. OJK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fresh and bright with lemony chalk on the nose and a more oily citrus on the palate, and a fizzy sherbet finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Very fragrant, good and sweet fruit (peach and banana), vanilla, almond milk, icing sugar and sponge cake (paradise cake), a very thin thread of mineral peat, imperceptible alcohol despite the 51 degrees. With two drops of water the alcohol feels a little more, the fruity notes diminish and the creamy ones are accentuated, the peat disappears. On the palate of medium and creamy body, still sweet and good fruit, paradise cake, a pinch of vanilla in the background, no peat here but a light spicy note. With water the alcohol feels a little more and the flavor becomes slightly acidic. Medium finish, sweet and delicate, but in conclusion I find a strange and unpleasant note of cork that accompanies me long after the tasting.
    Good whisky, definitely to drink smooth, very fragrant and persuasive, soft and delicate despite the 51 degrees. I didn't like the final cork flavor that remained in my mouth at all, I hope it depended on what I had eaten before (I had just finished dinner).
    I would have given a higher score (85-86) but the final cork note negatively affected the final judgment).

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      douceur,velouté et fruité,un zeste de fumée
    • Taste
      fruits assez variés,subtils,,douceur vanillée,du bois,fin ,la sensation d'un peu de vernis,les épices doux,et un peu de fumée,comme un voile succinct
    • Finish
      assez moyenne,fine,avec une sensation veloutée.


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