Balblair 2006

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
13 years old
Oloroso Spanish Oak
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
K&L Wine Merchants Exclusive
United States United States
Added on
26 jul 2020 10:29 pm by Ancient
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

USD$ 109.99

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Whisky reviews for Balblair 2006

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.80 points.

  1. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is a testament to its age and a well priced selection; I see why it was pulled for bottling. Noses as a sherry bomb; let it breathe. Water helps some on the body and nose. I wouldn't call it brash; its bold and as a result the finish holds well. Not as nuanced as some.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Deep sherry, raisins, stewed prunes, coffee and cream, fruit compote, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, slight ethanol; open your mouth when you inhale, the scent of this sherry bomb floats, but even port comes out to play. maintains its allure and the sherry raisin craving may be appeased more by adding some water.
    • Taste
      87 87
      more sherry, port, honey, clove, vanilla;
    • Finish
      87 87
      clove, cinnamon, black pepper, sherry lingering in the background.

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A young and brash Balblair, it isn’t rounded. The flavors aren’t bad, just not for me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Stewed fruits and caramel, tangy oak, sweet and sour.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Much like the nose, more oak here and less sweet, dank sherry, pepper, a touch of mold, abv is apparent.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry oak, pepper, sour cherries

  3. the_muskox scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Pretty nice! I love the nose – such thick, dark, spicy Oloroso. Great finish, too, with those nice sticky and smoky notes. The palate stays just a bit hot, and while water improves it there, I feel like it might take some of the flavour as well. I’ve decided that bitter sugar note is actually a good thing, by the way. I’ve had a few excellent sherried whiskies in the past couple weeks, and they seem to have been slightly better than this one.

    Nose: Dark and sticky. Molasses, amber maple syrup, prunes, blood orange juice. Peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich. Salted caramel popcorn, roast hazelnuts, and tahini paste. Lemon tea, fragrant and slightly grassy. Tobacco and dunnage warehouse. Exotic hardwoods and baking spices.

    Palate: Medium texture, and very hot, though the heat dissipates a bit as it sits. Sticky dried stonefruit and citrus peels on the arrival, along with the zing of white pepper and dried ginger. Slow development to old wood, tobacco, and earthy malt. Muddy fruitcake on the back end.
    A couple drops of water added more ginger, grapefruit peels, and flowers. More water doesn’t change the flavour much, but it does take the heat down. Actually, there’s some dark banana and a bit of burnt-sugar bitterness.

    Finish: Medium-long and sweet. More blood orange, dried fruit leather, sticky caramel, dark chocolate, bananas foster, and toasted barley. Cherries and almond extract.
    The water adds a vaguely smokey tea note.

  4. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Matured in an “oloroso sherry” seasoned Spanish oak butt - apparently the cask held wine from Montilla-Moriles.
    Decent, not great. Hard to imagine this isn’t a crowd-pleaser profile though. Borders on being too syrupy sweet on the palate and lacks complexity overall. Possibly too much weird seasoned cask influence for my taste.⁣⁣
    • Nose
      Exhaust fumes, almonds, cherries, raspberry syrup, faint malt vinegar.⁣⁣
    • Taste
      Really fruity and syrupy, cherries, raspberries coupled with cloves and cinnamon, some fudge-like sweet notes.⁣⁣
    • Finish
      Fruitiness continues from palate with some tobacco, herbal notes, and lingering dark chocolate.⁣⁣


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