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Overall rating
81.89/100
votes
86
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L19 R19/5290
Added on
28 Mar 2019 3:45 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 47.97

9 × in wishlist

86 × member ratings

92 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 12-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.89 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  4. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      green apple, nut, milk chocolate, fruity (fresh), vanilla, lemon zest
    • Taste
      85 85
      light pepper notes, chilli, sweetness (dark chocolate)
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium-long finish, oak, spicy, slightly bitter (grapefruit)

  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. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/old-rare-2020-a-balblair-affair/

    In as useful as it may or may not be, by way of a comparison between then & now, the Foz reaches for his official 1990 vintage [WLP85] – still available at a fair price on the secondary market. ‘Dad noises’ ensue. Everything checks out there. [Scores around 87/88 points today]. What about the entry-level 12yo?

     C: Call it what you like – contemporary/resinous/[STR]-flavour-led/anaemic,… I can’t abide this contemporary wave of young unimaginative generic whiskies anymore and I won’t be buying them. The 1990 vintage by comparison is whisky from another world and yet a world that only just past us by! Perhaps it’s presentations like these that drive home the reminder that we are still very firmly in a seller’s market. 

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part 1/8 of a Balblair range share. I’m quite unfamiliar with this distillery. Drunk a few but not enough to like or dislike the distillery. This range share is going to change all that.
    For starters this ‘new’ basic 12yo. I don’t do scores but I totally disagree with this extremely low average up until now. A decent 84 average would be justified.
    • Nose
      Immediately I like this nose! Very soft, gentle and accessible. I get the idea that this represents the distillery character very well. There is a floral note as well as citrus fruits. There is fresh apples, vanilla and sawdust. It’s not very deep and complex but hey, that is not what we are reviewing here in the first place. Water doesn’t really change the nose. A little more time gives sweet candy and toffee.
    • Taste
      A bit bitter on the palate. But rather soft right after that. Delicate, friendly, sweet and sour. Again fresh apples and also vanilla sticks. I get some pineapple as well.
    • Finish
      Medium. Again sawdust and quite a spice orientated finish. Licorice, cinnamon and a wee hint of nutmeg is what I get.

      For an entry level whisky this is definitely on the better side of the market. It’s accessible, friendly and quite a decent balance. Further more (but this counts for the whole range), compliments on the presentation. 46% No coloring and no chill filtration. It gives this whisky a way better body and experience on the palate then for instance a 12yo livet of fiddich at 40% and all the rest of the ‘please don’t do that’ category.

  10. P.K.S scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    mild sweet got a Vanilla spises citeus. god glass

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