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Overall rating
82.44/100
votes
59
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2007
Calculated age
10 years old
Casktype
First Fill Bourbon Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509421386
Added on
06 Aug 2007 8:22 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.95

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59 × member ratings

95 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1997

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.44 points

  1. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/bottle-polishing-old-new/

    N: Charming bourbon-sweetness with soft resins. The big difference between this now legendary Balblair vintage [the first from Inverhouse], and those that have followed, is a softer & deeper cask maturation. On the nose, you may pick up pear drops, pineapple cubes and sweet>>bitter<chalky lemon with bourbon-ey icing sugar, but its the softness from the oaky bourbon sugars that impresses most. Soft resins are equal to the yeastiness. Most charming natural style i can think of without any big ‘malty’ notes present – though we can all agree its porridgy at its heart. Its my favourite ’natural’ style modern whisky.
    T: From the nose, it delivers as you may expect. Its rather palate quenching too, the soft, sweet oaky-porridgy lemon & bourbon sugars continue the theme with some spice that subsides somewhat over time. The note of ‘ginger & sultanas’ from Sergei is spot on.
    F: Somewhat dry with a little more chalky porridge and bourbon sweetness to the end yet incredibly, vanilla plays only a small part. Grassy bitters at the death which i don’t recall from other bottles as being so decisive.
    C: Not so convinced by this bottle/batch. As you’ll see from my comments regarding the 1983 Balblair 1st release:blood 2 [below], aside from the batch variations, ive experienced bottle discrepancies too – and this appears to be no different. Given these bottles are now exclusively auction purchases, the storage conditions of their temporary custodians are certainly worthy of speculation – there was even a hint of OBE here, fancy that already! However, as time went on and the bottle opened out, most of the edgy astringency left, and mainly only the [true] mellowness remained. What a good year for Balblair-Inverhouse. Perfect whisky of this style.

    Scores a B[-]

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Simple, subtle, sublime’
    N: Incredibly light and floral, perfect for the single malt beginner and plenty to interest the enthusiast.
    T: Taste as the nose - subtle sweetness, banana/lime combo and beeswax - simple, subtle, sublime
    F: That subtlety lingers, a perfect balance from start to finish with a surprise spice hit just before the close - medium length
    C: For me, the ’97 [1st release] is the benchmark for modern young Balblair’s.

    Scores an A-

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