Old Ballantruan The Peated Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Speyside Glenlivet
Oak Casks
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L1905658 CB2
Added on
18 jan 2021 10:42 pm by rue

Average value

€ 38.70

8 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Old Ballantruan The Peated Malt

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.31 points.

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The 50% ABV works well in this whisky. It’s not overpowering by any means and helps to bring out what it has to offer. Overall this is a pleasant and easy going whisky, with a good balance between the peat and the citrus and sweet notes.
    • Nose
      80 80
      very lemony, with a clean, clear peaty note. Silky, with vanilla and milk chocolate, with honey and white sugar adding sweetness. Breakfast cereals betray it’s youthfulness, and underneath there’s a sweet note reminiscent of cough drops/cola gums. A drop of water accentuates the peat, adding a slight umami – cheese like touch to it.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Instantly, there’s an ashy peat on the palate. Peppery spice, vanilla and honey sweetness again, and, surprisingly, a faint banana-like note. All nicely integrated. The peat is more at the forefront of things now, but that ‘gentle dram’ is also well presented. On the mouthfeel it’s a bit dry with a light/medium body. A few drops of water bring out the lemon-citrus notes, but despite the 50% ABV it’s quite delicate, meaning that I quickly drowned it trying to see what else might be there.
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium long, with again an ashy dry note fading out with a vanilla sweetness. With the added water it became just ever so prickly and very slightly salty.

  2. MaroFF scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    According to some semi-official information, the age of this US whisky is 5-8 years (I don't personally feel these aging years). On average, she approached me. I have mixed feelings. Neither is she a smoke jackal, nor will I classify her as a floral one. It let me down a bit. The 78 point score according to my scale and my assessment is still a high result. Maybe today is not the day my taste buds would be more forgiving of this whisky.
    I will definitely come back to her and maybe then I will verify my assessment.
    We will see what his 10-year-old brother will taste like.
    • Nose
      77 77
      slightly spirit, peaty, smoky, a bit of iodine, heather honey
    • Taste
      79 79
      sweet, a little spring onions, smoked cheese,
    • Finish
      78 78
      medium long, slightly peppery, bitter, salty at the tip

  3. fradin11 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. rozzy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Full body, smoke, peat and sherry and yet a real Speyside..
    • Nose
      84 84
      Spicy, careful with the nose because of. alcohol.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweets of honey and sweet fruit. Smoke, peat, a little leather sometimes. Something happened in the mouth. But taste less intense than the nose suggests.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Nice finish, lasts just long enough.
      Delicious with chocolate.


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