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Overall rating
84.07/100
votes
104
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
Added on
28 Mar 2019 3:44 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73.81

8 × in wishlist

104 × member ratings

94 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 15-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.07 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. 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++

  3. 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

  4. tangtang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very nice fruity nose, taste and finish differ significantly from the nose. Very tasty and tasty, very interesting combination of the flavors
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet spicy, honey with plum, lots of citrus fruits, light fruits, lemon, slightly malty, vanilla and caramel come very easily
    • Taste
      87 87
      fruity, spicy, sweet with a slight hint of chocolate, becoming somewhat bitter, somewhat spicy at the tip of the tongue
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, sweet with vanilla and caramel, slightly nutty and somewhat malty, slightly fruity

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Rosencrantz scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    A fruity bomb which, as such, can be very pleasing or completely repulsive. It is not a pimp, of course, but the sherried influence is perhaps a little invasive, at the expense of balance.
    • Nose
      83 83
      This whisky was only finished in ex-Sherry casks, and maybe it's because they are first filling, but on the nose you can feel them a lot: ripe fruit in profusion with peaches, plums and red fruits, nutmeg and a marked balsamic accent, sweet and fresh at the same time. Almost like a tart. Wood chips in the background.
    • Taste
      80 80
      And the fruit remains queen also on the palate, a warm and dense scent of jam that permeates the mouth, with a touch of caramel and a light alcoholic puncture. Raisins, black cherries, red apple. Very full, on the threshold of tiredness. Still wood in counterpoint, with a touch of almond.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The finish is quite long, dry and slightly acidic, of wood and candied fruit.
      A fruity bomb which, as such, can be very pleasing or completely repulsive. It is not a pimp, of course, but the sherried influence is perhaps a little invasive, at the expense of balance.

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    2 cl sample. Good nose but harsher in the mouth and finish...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. happyNess scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I like it extremely well. Very good PLV!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity and intense. Apples, citrus fruits, apricots - a whole fresh fruit salad. In addition honey, oak and cut grass. After a while, vanilla and caramel become clearer.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruit, sweetness and spice in almost perfect balance. The fresh fruit salad, the vanilla and the oak are back. In addition a good acidity and some spices and tobacco.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, fruity and becoming a little drier. Here dark chocolate becomes clear. At the end a slightly bitter cocoa note.

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