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Overall rating
83.72/100
votes
49
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2009
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Jun 2010 7:47 pm

Average value

€ 84,99

9 × in wishlist

49 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1997

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.72 points

  1. Joband scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Young and bright. Not bad at all.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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!
    2nd:
    cream, malty velvety sweetness, subtle fruit, intense malt, vanilla and lemony back.

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. At cask strength this would have been a really god whisky.
    • Nose
      Peach, apple, honey, vanilla, orange, blossom, banana and a little caramel. With water more orange.
    • Taste
      Honey, orange, vanilla, caramel and wax.
    • Finish
      Honey, caramel, vanilla, peach and chestnut.

  4. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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

  5. Xstream scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    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. 

  6. Nethar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I don't like this kind of Highlands whiskies usually, but this one is great!
    • Nose
      creamy sweetness, pears, cinnamon roll, pumpkin compot, honey, wonderful
    • Taste
      cake - so sweet, little bit peppery
    • Finish
      smells nice, hot and strong, some grapes later and pineapple

  7. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    If this is Highland, I have another reason to look for similar bits. For me the surprise of the year.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Beautifully complemented with sweetness with the pungency, the sweetest whisky I drank.
    • Finish
      In the flavor, it passes sophisticated through pricklyness to a very pleasant bitterness.

  8. Collector57 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.
           
    • Nose
      Oranges and bananas, los of barley sugar and a little oaky spice. Very nice nose. After a few minutes a very faint library smell.
    • Taste
      The barley sugar is there, with maybe some apples? Then some vanilla custard. Very nice mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Surprisingly long, very sweet custard and cream. Spicey too. All the fruits are there.

  9. Petra_Brno scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Leather, pinneaple, pears.
    • Taste
      Cream, almonds, cocoa, malt, ginger, raisins.

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