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Overall rating
83.75/100
votes
157
Whiskybase ID
WB128494
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon, 1st fill Spanish Butt
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L19/122 R19/5219
Barcode
5010509881555
Added on
28 Mar 2019 3:44 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 81.25

19 × in wishlist

157 × member ratings

199 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 15-year-old

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.75 points

  1. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a Balblair range share tasting. This is quite a step upwards from the 12yo.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smells way better then it's 12yo younger sister. This one has nice vanilla and cream notes. Some red berries and a hint of fudge. After a while a lot of fruity notes show up.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice and thick mouthfeel A little dusty. Sweet and sour. Some apples and pears. Some dried fruits. Overall this is a fruity flavour.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length. Again sweet and sour, a bit dusty and some orchard fruit.

  2. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    overall a nice dram with a fruity and honeyed profile
    • Nose
      87 87
      pastry, malty, nuts, almond, pears and apricot jam, slightly honeyed. reminds me a bit of another distillery beginning with Bal and not ending with Blair.
      Good news so far
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pretty much the same as on the nose. Perhaps a tad less fruity and getting a wee bit dry, but not really. Malty, slightly caramely, nutty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium to long, slightly peppery

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/twe-show-2019-balblair/

    I admire Serge’s concise take on Inverhouse’s new direction in 2019 – ‘Balblair just fell in line‘ [WF]. Spare a thought though for Balblair sales ambassadors who have had to face the music from frustrated fans. Let’s see what the new range has to offer, starting with the 15yo.

    C: It’s nice, it’s distillate-led and current Glenallachie fans should relate. Similar in calibre to the 2005 vintage [WLP84], there are improvements whisky-wise, from Balblair’s [first release] 2003 vintage [WLP82]. Price-wise in the UK, we’re looking at an approximate price increase of  57% over comparable aged vintage releases. 

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Tasted at the distillery.
    As with the 12YO, 46% and no filtering makes all the difference.
    Everything is crancked up a bit from the 12, but I'm not sure if it is on a level that can justify the difference in price.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Not that different from the 12YO, but it has gained a little in both depth and refinement.
      Not quite as sweet, but the fruit is more expressive and complex.
      Here as well is an underlying carpet of something darker with a touch of spice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Rounded, with everything well matched and integrated.
      Same fruits as in the 12, but add a bit of apple.
      Richer, rounder, and maybe a tad bit less sweetness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Again compairing to the 12, this is rounding off in the same civilized way, staying a little longer. Medium++

  5. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted in the living room

    Very in phase with the 12 years in term of nose. Quite fresh, with extra notes of leather.

    On the palate, a little richer, deeper and greedy than the 12 years old.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

    Whisky n ° 2032

  6. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Light fruits, strawberries, slightly hot and herbaceous in the mouth. Astringent
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. MLE scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Jolemann scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Flowery, oak, vanilla, citrus fruits, apples, something rubbery
    • Taste
      86 86
      Strong, full-bodied, apricot, apples, oak, slightly sour
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, strong, pepper, slightly bitter

  10. Expraesi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

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