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Balblair 10-year-old

Overall rating
86.00/100
votes
8
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
75 (proof)
Size
757 ml
Added on
01 May 2019 5:35 pm by RoyalScotsman

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 10-year-old

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] Several rather average rates but not a single word written why - which triggered my curiosity. This Balblair was bottled around 1969 so all the malt was distilled in the fifties (of the last century of the last millennium), this is "whisky history in my glass"...

    ...which was an ordinary standard dram upon the time of its release. And it tastes exactly like that - charming and smooth without flavour spikes or "show effects". Easy to sip (then and now) but given today's prices this is rather a collector's item.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose this very old bottling (never drink out of these blender's glasses because they turn the taste rather dull and unimpressive but they strongly enhance nosing). The Balblair offers a truly old-style nose on summer floral aromas, honeys, waxes, oils and earthy notes (forest floor). It is flawless and nicely balanced but not very impressive. Nonetheless I like it better than most of the wood-driven, unbalanced profiles of most modern drams (of comparable ages). It requires some time to fully enfold but it is worth to wait for that. By the way, out of a standard Glencairn glass this nose is much simplier and unimpressive (I go for 86 points there).
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is old-stylish too with adorable OBFs in a chewable honey-waxy-fruity mix. It is not layered and turns more toffee-ish upon chewing with some spices and wooden impressions added over time. No flaws or imbalance.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming without distracting moments on the palate and immediately covers the whole of the mouth with a creamy coating. The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions, unfortunately. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram (but the OBFs grow stronger this way).

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