Balblair 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L19 R19/5290
Added on
28 Mar 2019 3:45 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 49.17

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147 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 12-year-old

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.34 points

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Very little cask influence, tastes young and not like a finished official product by the distillery should taste like. Not super terrible, of course, but disappointingly sub par nonetheless. What were they thinking?! Maybe if shop shelves are empty and this one's for sale for 24 EUR? My advise: If you have to spend 40+ bucks on an entry level, pick pretty much any other bottle instead (except maybe Jura + Loch Lomond NAS).

  2. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Little impressive Balblair. The price of this standard bottling is really too high.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Grassy, honey and vanilla. In the background a hint of coconut.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The alcohol is present. The whisky is oily. This should normally be positive, but this dram does not touch me. Vanilla and a bit spicy.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short finish with an annoying bitterness.

  3. Bam scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    That's pretty much what you would expect from a typical ex-bourbon whisky. It would be nice if on the palate, the beautiful fruits from the nose could better prevail against the malty notes. In addition, I would like to have a little more oak notes, which is barely noticeable here.
    • Nose
      Instantly strong vanilla with some lemon in the nose, creamy and sweet, I think of custard with a splash of lemon in it. In addition a few bright fruits, both stone fruit, as well as something exotic, banana, yellow peach, and a hint of mango and coconut. A malty muesli note is in the background, and a hint of oak is very reserved.
    • Taste
      Easy onset, silky mouthfeel. Again strong vanilla, then malt and cereals, significantly stronger than in the nose. The lemon and the yellow fruits from the nose are back, but much more restrained than in the nose.
    • Finish
      Short finish, vanilla and malt are still dominant, some lemon is still there. The oak comes with some light nougat yet to light. Develops a sour note on the finish.

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 81pts – |80 – 82 (B-) → Okay| — No major flaws, worth tasting.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The nose is plain and simple with a profile of vanilla and wet wood followed by caramel and fresh hay.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The taste is sour and bitter, simple with touches of grapefruit zest, vanilla, caramel and wet wood.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish is short, pretty dull with hints of bitter herbs, grapefruit zest and assorted spices.

  5. Defeatless scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a Balblair range share line-up.

    The 'new' Balblair, which will replace the vintage line-up with a more normal age statement.

    Not a very welcoming newcomer...
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet and grassy. Little dirty and farmy note, not bad though. Smells a bit young. Maybe not the most active casks?

      There is a bit of pineapple in here too. Overall it is just fruity, without being able to describe the fruits.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Young, little harsh. Tingling alcohol, sweet, straw, marzipan, fruitiness.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short-medium length. Sweet but it turns bitter quickly. Little straw and hay. Not very well made.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Not too dissimilar from the 2005 vintage, but with just a little more character and depth.
    • Nose
      Very light and it takes a little while to open up, but then it goes right into apple cider territory, accompanied by hints of vanilla, coconut and oak shavings, but also lemon and sour beer.
    • Taste
      Pleasant oiliness with a hint of chili pepper and a certain oaky bitterness, as well as a bit of green apple and soft notes of barley husks. A touch of ginger too, as well as bitter lemon peel.
    • Finish
      More of the above. Medium in length.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted in the living room

    Freshness "bourbonesque" Straight, light with lemon, vanilla, pineapple, apple.

    In the mouth, creamy touch, honest build.

    Final consistent.

    Well done, no flaws.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

    Whisky n ° 2031

  8. maltaholic scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Smells very malty, after cereals.
    A sweetie in the mouth.
    But do not convince.

  9. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Quite fruity bourbon profile. Vanilla, pear, plums, but also some exotic fruits, it seems to me, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit. Light but constant lemon. In the mouth, same scenario, the fruits jostle with a citrus zest in the background. Some cereals, malted barley, wheat, puffed rice. Dried fruits, grapes, apricots. Caramel on the finish, it's smoky, earthy, chocolatey. Relatively long. It makes a decent set.

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. VanOpek scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
      fresh fruits, apple, spicy, oak, caramel, citrus peel, nutmeg, vanilla, very pleasant and sweet
    • Taste
      81 81
      fruity, spicy, pepper, oak, fresh and light, smooth, grapefruit, dry with sweet notes, rounded and complex
    • Finish
      79 79
      spicy with a lot of oak bitterness, herbal, citric hints, long and warm, simple but pleasant


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