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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1997
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.72 points
- Young and bright. Not bad at all.
- On the nose, the malt simply, then a vanilla milk caramel sweetness and spices
On the palate, various spices and lemon
In the final, astringent return, and little final actually!
cream, malty velvety sweetness, subtle fruit, intense malt, vanilla and lemony back.
- Blind tasting of a sample. At cask strength this would have been a really god whisky.
Peach, apple, honey, vanilla, orange, blossom, banana and a little caramel. With water more orange.
Honey, orange, vanilla, caramel and wax.
Honey, caramel, vanilla, peach and chestnut.
- N: fruity - pear, vanilla, citrus, gooseberries, figs, honey and spices - cinnamon
T: fudge, citrus - lemon, honey, some white pepper, ginger and apple
F: medium drying with wet carton, citrus - lemon and chocolate
- I`m a Balblair fan. Actually it`s the brand that got me interested in whisky.
I had some older ones at the whisky bar. They were delicious. I bought this one, because the shop didn`t have the one i was looking for. A bit younger.
You can taste it`s younger. The alcohol is not totally integrated with the flavors. Giving it a tad more strong spirit like smell and flavor, ruining some of the other, mostly sweet, flavors. Almost a tad chemical.
Letting it rest for a while does improve the balance. The smell becomes more and more caramel, honey and brown sugar. Creamy, buttery and vanilla.
The taste does still have that very spirit like base, which is a let down for me. All the other flavors are spot on, but it`s just not totally integrated. But the mouthfeel is quite smooth.
I love the warm burn of the finish, giving it a medium linger with peppery and sour citric fruits. Quite smooth.
It`s not as good as some other Balblairs i`ve had. I prefer their older ones. Still a nice drink though. Too bad about the strong spirit flavor.
- I don't like this kind of Highlands whiskies usually, but this one is great!
creamy sweetness, pears, cinnamon roll, pumpkin compot, honey, wonderful
cake - so sweet, little bit peppery
smells nice, hot and strong, some grapes later and pineapple
- If this is Highland, I have another reason to look for similar bits. For me the surprise of the year.
Beautifully sweet, over the glass of sweetly sweet nuts, in the glass the fragrance is even more concentrated and sweeter, very original, I feel a green apple.
Beautifully complemented with sweetness with the pungency, the sweetest whisky I drank.
In the flavor, it passes sophisticated through pricklyness to a very pleasant bitterness.
- This is an excellent malt. I have a feeling it may not last long.
I love the 1966 38yo too, so it seems I may have to investigate the other vintages now.
Oranges and bananas, los of barley sugar and a little oaky spice. Very nice nose. After a few minutes a very faint library smell.
The barley sugar is there, with maybe some apples? Then some vanilla custard. Very nice mouthfeel
Surprisingly long, very sweet custard and cream. Spicey too. All the fruits are there.
Leather, pinneaple, pears.
Cream, almonds, cocoa, malt, ginger, raisins.