Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
American Oak Ex-Bourbon + Spanish Oak Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Mar 2019 2:54 pm by Coldorak

Average value

€ 520.25

8 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

9 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 25-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Two things here:-
    1 - This is a really nice spice/fruit combo of a whisky, tastes good, balance is good and so easy to drink.
    2 - It is an absolute disgrace that Balblair think this is worth £495 WTF, seriously, there is premiumisation and there is being on planet la la land, who does their pricing strategy the Clangers?
    I am afraid this is a perfect example where a brand has aspirations way above its premium worth.
    The whisky is lovely but not even worth half of what they are asking, shamefully overpriced to the point of making me say that if this is the way whisky is going generally then all distillers like this can sod off.
    I have bought many Balblair over the years , never again,
    I think they should take a long hard look at themselves for having a nerve like this.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky, very balanced, with beautifully integrated oak. Classic bourbon maturation, which was just “loaded” with sherry and because of that features dried yellow fruits. Proper ABV also gives a plus to overall impression. Well, now is time to talk about the bad side of this expression - its price. To be honest it’s a robbery. Over 500€ for things that you can get for 3-4 times cheaper from other distilleries… makes the purchase of this whisky highly non-recommended.
    • Nose
      Sweet, light, fruity and caramelly (pear and apricot acid drops), honey, sultanas and dried apricots, vanilla, lychees, sweet oranges
    • Taste
      Sweet, gently spicy (rose peppers, a bit of ginger), vanilla pastry, quite strong but soft and gentle oak with a piquant bitterness, apricot jam, some herbs, orange zest, red overripe berries (raspberry, currants)
    • Finish
      Rather long, sweet and warming, with vivid nutty notes and soft oak. Berries jam, mild spiciness with some leathery notes at the end

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    Let’s talk about the 25yo’s £500 price tag this way:

    ⁃Balblair’s fabulous official 1983 vintages [31yo+], are still available for significantly less than £500. I even found an official 1975 vintage available online for less than £400.
    ⁃Balblair 1989 [20yo+] vintages, frequently appear on auction sites and regularly go for around £100-120.
    ⁃For £500, five superb official 1997 vintages on the secondary market are yours
    ⁃,.. or six G&M Balblair 21yo’s with change.

    You decide. To the juice!

    C: A mix of bourbon and sherry cask-maturation can suit Balblair’s spirit rather well. There’s no obvious sherry action in either the 15 or 18yo, but then the overall cask influence isn’t direct, it’s subtly integrated. With this 25yo, there is more obvious sherry maturation up front – an oloroso finish? As a result, I find a butyric oakiness at the back of the palate. Even up to 50/50 water dilution doesn’t resolve it. What a disappointment.

  4. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  5. Joint86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89


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