Balblair 17-year-old

Overall rating
86.79/100
votes
44
Whiskybase ID
WB129716
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
American Ex-Bourbon + Spanish Butts Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509881593
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
14 apr 2019 1:03 pm by Dominique69
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 140.98

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44 × member ratings

83 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balblair 17-year-old

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.79 points.

  1. Mac_Pinto scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Absolutely brilliant dram, I could drink this all day long and not regret it. Needs to be appreciated, plenty layers to this one. Brilliant nose, and very very good palate and finish to go side-by-side.

    This has been aged in 2nd fill ex-Bourbon American Oak for 14.5 years and remainder in 1st fill ex-Olorosso Spanish Oak. I feel like 1st ex-Bourbon at the beginning would have upset the balance of this whisky, and what it is now is a really well done, well-balanced, rich, refined dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Beautiful dark amber color, not quite brown, but almost there. Think of a 15-yr Glendronach.

      Immediately get dark chocolate (70-80% cocoa) infused with honey. Graham crackers/wafer and nuttiness (peanuts) appear, almost like a snickers without the praline/caramel. Some slight peat, which could also be overtones of maltiness. Can identify some cloudiness within the whisky, almost denser vapors than the 12 & 15. Get some hints of green grapes after letting it breathe for a while. Brilliant, rich nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich, creamy mouthful; prominent notes of cinnamon and cardamom almost, some honey glazed gingerbread comes to the fore shortly after. A few seconds of swirling and hints of stale toffee come about, like those yellow Quality Street pieces. Remember forgetting completely about the 12 & 15 once I drank this, absolutely brilliant.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very nice medium-long finish; rich, spicy finish with heavy cinnamon and pepper, carries some smokiness in the early stages, gives way to sweet spices, like Thai sauce, some (surprisingly) lingering floral and vanilla notes. Leathery, oaky feeling from the 12 & 15 is absent and replaced by a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, probably form the extra aging period.

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  3. TimkoT scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. sidqi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant sherry influence!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark and savory,dark chocolate with some herbal aromas,dried Chinese black tea,red raisins and plums.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy,mouth-coating and silky.Dark chocolate,very juicy and sweet with dark fruits.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long with warm spices,tannin spicy,dark chocolate bitterness.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. jabguit scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    I really wanted to like this one - love even, based upon reviews here but it doesn't do it for me. quality is there - it's just the style that doesn't sit well with me. too much bourbon influence and no (not enough) sherry for my palate. a few drops of PX sherry helped in all 3 departments, but doesn't save this whisky for me
    • Nose
      84 84
      nice oaky, vanilla and light fruit
    • Taste
      68 68
      cotton candy
      cotton candy
      cotton candy
      see where I'm going?
    • Finish
      76 76
      nothing that floats my boat, I'm afraid.

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  9. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. fullstack scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Nose: Pleasant oaky notes, wood varnish, with time and water floral notes appear
    Palate: Very elegant arrival, heather, spiced honeyed sweetness, baked apples with cinnamon, milk chocolate
    finish: Darker chocolate, oaky dryness

  11. galg33 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: A nice entry with quite a lot of wood varnish, and polished wood (notes i do love, i must admit), then off some chocolate, ripe orange, and a hint of sultanas (sherry finish, right?) , and a certain waxy note as well. It resembles the 15 (a bit, not quite the same mind you) but adds more oak..

    Palate: The palate is lovely : a nice sweetness, with more baked apple, and lots of sultans sweetness, honeyed at times, and very round. There’s toffee and hedonistic chocolate infused with liquor, some bitter oak to balance it all, and orange peel, with some wood spices. very good.

    Finish: Dark chocolate, more orange peel, a hint of sultana, and candied orchard fruit.

    Bottom line: A very nice whisky indeed, with a lovely nose (although not very sherried), and even better palate. A very good edition, to grab on your way to a vacation, no doubt.

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