Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
Added on
28 Mar 2019 3:45 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 49,06

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43 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.35 points

  1. 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

  2. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Has that signature Balblair tanginess. Quite fruity. Very drinkable. A good one for when you simply want a whisky that you can sit back and enjoy without feeling a need to parse it or deconstruct it into its constituent parts.

  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    he is oily in the glass
    he was too easy for me, something was missing
    even a pure bourbon maturation can be made by more
    • Nose
      young malt, pear, vanilla and becomes more, grassy, pastry (puff pastry?), light fruit increases, slightly coconut, slightly lemon, vanilla topping
      from 1920 Blendersglas: good coconut, slightly honey, more pastries (now biscuits), good vanilla !!, tart herbs, slightly salty, flower meadow
    • Taste
      oily and full on the palate
      dark malt, oak comes with spicy, dark vanilla comes, is tart, tart fruit (orange?), Noughat (so cheap), the alcohol bounces something
    • Finish
      short to medium long
      bitter and increases, very harsh, oak comes and then dominates

  4. Wolv scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  5. matts scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Character: Lightweight, quite simply knitted and somehow inharmonious. The buttery nose I liked best with its intense vanilla notes and bright fruits. Taste and finish fall off at a low level more and more.
    Rating: A meaningless, inharmonious bottling that does not really suit my taste at all. I do not need to drink alcohol for that. For the completely denied drinking enjoyment I have narrow 77 points.
    • Nose
      The first impression in the nose is very easy. Pears, malt and cereal notes kick off - sunk in an intensely smelling vanilla pudding. A few apples, some honey and citrus fruits are also included. A touch of wood glue resonates behind the scenes. That will probably be the oak. Overall, a pretty simple, light nose.
    • Taste
      Slightly creamy and light-fruited, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Initially, there are pears, malt and a lot of soft vanilla. For a fraction of a second, oranges sparkle. Then suddenly a surprisingly intensive spice mixture takes over the command. At first slightly tingling, a somewhat inharmonious spicy-watery oak beats ever more intense on the tongue. After all, far too much pepper hits almost all other flavors. Bright fruits continue to swirl in the background; but I can not grab them individually at all. But it is increasingly bitter, bitter and almost sour. Tree juice and bitter almonds end the taste development quite quickly.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long at best. Bitter-sour, grumpy oak wood characterizes the finish. There is unspectacular malt and a little vanilla. Diffuse herbaceous and sour, the drop sounds - almost like a bittersweet.

  6. galg33 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Nose: Creamy vanilla and gentle wood influence, over a nice lemon meringue, and green apple peel, which is complemented by touches of nutmeg and icing sugar.

    Palate: red apples, wood spices, and a nice woody bitterness, along with waxy notes , some oranges and honey, barley and some bitter wood, as well as hints of marzipan.

    Finish: honey, sweet vanilla, wood shavings, cocoa. A bit dusty.

    Conclusion: The 12 year old might be considered a ‘replacement’ for the 2005 as they are quite the same age. However, it is not quite the same, and its clear the guys at the distillery were not looking to replace a vintage but to create a new 12 year old expression which is the gateway to the distillery (as it is the youngest). This is a very nice summer / spring sipper, with the nice citrus/ wood interplay. Will Balblair fans like this? Probably so. At any rate , very nice intro to the distillery style. More on the 15 ,17 and 18 year olds in the coming posts. stay tuned!

  7. Bam scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    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.

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Tasted at the distillery.
    People may complain about the switch from vintages, but this is 46%, non-chillfiltered and no color added; way to go Balblair!
    • Nose
      82 82
      Entry level bourbon matured whisky, with what I would call a rich nose.
      Sweet vanilla notes, lots of bright fruit.
      Peach, pear, slight citrus.
      Good depth with some denser and darker notes emerging.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Compaired to many other distilleries 40% base line the 46% abv adds depth and dimention.
      I may be imagening, but I believe "no chill" is what contributes to an oily rich mouthfeel.
      Most of the nose is present along with some lightly peppery spice.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Sweet with the darker notes pushing forward towards the end. Nice spice warmth.
      Would not have complained if this had stayed longer, but medium is fair enough.

  9. Joint86 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

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


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