Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish Oak Ex-Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Apr 2008 2:10 pm

Average value

€ 449.70

21 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1975

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.02 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Abandoned Flower Shop

    Balblair recently changed from Vintages back to malts with age statements. Today, I will try an older release, from 2007, with a Balblair distilled in 1975, making it a 31 or 32 years old. That explains the price tag of around 450 EUR, but you’ll be hard pressed to still find a bottle.

    Bittersweet nose with lots of herbal touches. Like I’m in an abandoned flower shop a week after the outbreak of the Corona virus, where the wilted bouquets urgently need to be thrown out into the dumpster. This off-note lingers annoyingly long in my glass (and no, it’s not the glass, I know this for a fact). After a lot of patience I get cigars, cherries, Seville oranges, leather and Coca-Cola candy.

    The body is something between watery and oily. Luckily it’s all about sweetness and spices without any off-notes. Tobacco, black berries, peach, mocha, apple cake, raisins, liquorice and nutmeg. Just a tad to much tannins in my book, making it somewhat bitter.

    The finish is medium long, very spicy and after a very sweet start on rhubarb and peach, it turns bitter and dry on oak, pepper and nutmeg.

    I had high expectations of this one, but I feel it has been left in the cask for way too long.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    Not too complex, but pretty okayish
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, honey, little flowery, hints of butterscotch
    • Taste
      85 85
      Little punchy, subtle sweetness, more vanilla, caramel, hints of candy, leathery touch
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, zesty

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    toffee, orchard fruits, honey, vanilla some floral notes, quite good

  4. nat3123 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I like it a lot, but more because its interesting and stimulating than because it's phenomenally tasty - it's tilting a bit too much to the bitter spectra for my mouth. However, there's a strong urge to go back and sip it again and again, just to explore the nuances
    • Nose
      87 87
      Light, honey, very sweet. Thinking pear here.
    • Taste
      88 88
      woody bitterness, relatively spicy, dark honey/toffee sweetnesss.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The woodiness stays on, and turns to bitter orange, the sweetness becomes lighter, and somewhat fruity.

  5. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Dramman25 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  7. edwinbeuving scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Nice soft yellow fruit, very subtle sherry, some leather, little butterscotch, vanilla, later red fruit, very rich and complex. After a while something wet pebbles, subtle spices, a hint of gunpowder and some coffee.
    Taste: Full, delicate sherry, red fruit, spicy, minerally touch of citrus
    Finish: Sherry, red fruit, dark chocolate, spices, long finish.
    Score: 88

  8. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good. No big default, but not exceptional.
    • Nose
      Sherry thoroughly. Pineapple, sweet, vinous Light and noble wood. Balanced. Light medicinal, camphor veil.
    • Taste
      In the mouth a lot of fruity. Exotic fruits, red, buttered. Cake with butter cream. Vanilla. Very light woodland on the undergrowth and young and green branch.
    • Finish
      Finished buttery and fruity. Sweet and long.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Blueberry, melon, peach, taisin, date, cigar, pineapple, cherry, toffee and smoke.
    • Taste
      Bramble, honey, leather, spice, toffee, mocha, peach, liquorice, smoke and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Cocoa, blueberry, leather, rhubarb and peach.

  10. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Very rich. It's all in the poise, notes of smoke and vanilla dance with
    veritable refinement. Also, warm berry fruits immersed in spiced cream.
    Palate: Rich, lots of malted cereal notes and sugared barley.
    Finish: Oak, still the cereal and barley notes are ubiquitous.


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