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Overall rating
85.75/100
votes
4
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2008
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509421386
Added on
15 Jul 2011 11:14 am
Colored

Average value

€ 38.00

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1997

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: They say you should never meet your idols. Im meeting one here, the one [the whisky] that had a pivotal affect on my whisky journey and one ive not revisited since serendipitously buying a bottle with ignorance at duty free simply on the unfamiliar name and what seemed like ‘oriental’ packaging. Straight away on opening this recently purchased bottle [at auction] i am pleased to say the memory of this whisky has stayed intact. There’s a dizzying combination of quality bourbon casks with a nutty/tannic floury maltiness that hits all my buttons. Youth with assurity, ruggedness with subtety, brazeness with moorishness. Specifically: roasted nuts [peanuts & almonds], tree sap, pencil shavings, glue, dried grasses, oven-baked pineapple, cooking chocolate, the fluffiest pancakes, subtle lemon, sauvignon blanc, psyllium husk,……
    T: Sharp and tannic - spirit-sweet, peppery and spicy citrus arrival, staying that way for a while until the honey malt edges through divinely. Chocolate nuts and honeyed oak balance the youthful spirit wonderfully, becoming bitter/sweet into the finish whilst showing the most charming journey arc. With water its a richer body but simpler so both with and without are recommended for comparison. Give the bottle a few weeks and you’ll be rewarded with a savoury/sweet, pancake sugared almond delivery that may have you making ‘dad noises’ until your next sip.
    F: Citrus, cumin, vanilla, beeswax and waxy oak show to the lip smacking end. Theres aniseed with water added and lots more chocolate. Either way, the palate switches from detecting young spirit, then fresh oak, and back again - such is the balance between the two main components of whisky itself. Its rather speyside like at times. Toasted almonds and roasted parsnips appear before the waxy, vanilla bourbon notes and grain conclude. Fabulous - keeps you guessing to the last.
    C: Its nowhere near as fruity as the 2009 or 2010 releases, this is much more about the nuttier, chocolate oak balancing perfectly with the fluffy grain spirit. This really is a superb release from Balblair, their first of its kind in the newly styled, vintage bottlings way back in 1997. Its such a cracker with nothing else quite like it on the market. Its a dram that can easily be bypassed and dismissed as mediocre but with closer scrutiny this really can’t be faulted.

    Scores an A

  2. AlecM scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Spice, smoke and raisins. Short finish is its only failing.

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