Balblair 1970

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
35 years old
44.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 jul 2011 1:14 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1650.00

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6 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balblair 1970

2 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.25 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: There’s a treasure trove in this 1970s timepiece. Every time I go back to it, it’s another wow. Initially, it’s exactly like the previous First Cask 1975 vintage. This one opens up quicker however and soon reveals a sweet complex floral bouquet, and if I knew my flowers I’d list more of them. Honeysuckle for sure and then all those fruits, apricots and victoria plum jam, strawberries, kumquats, – all of which are members of the rosacea family don’t you know?! We’ve an earthiness here also and a deeper herbal quality that would encroach on Jagermeister’s toes if it weren’t for a floral jam-laced thread. This beautiful old whisky has a viscosity which is hard to describe, especially as I’m encroaching on emotional and sensory experiences rather than any solid analytical approach. 15-20 minutes in and we’ve rose caramel sauce [can that be a thing please, Chef Ramsey?], the floral aspect blooming & plume-ing alongside a sliver of puff pie meatiness entwined around the maltiness. Further joys materialise in the form of a dryish still-air warehouse and all those barmy old [bourbon > sherry cask] dunnage-y vapours.

    T: Somewhat sharp, every time. It does soften towards a squidgy dunnage-y cake sponge direction though there’s always some pepperiness to work through. The fruits from the nose are rather dimmed, though delightfully, the floral jammy aspect remains ever-present. Water creates a thick viscose [omega 3] and sour waxy mouthfeel, later with an oakiness similar to the 1975 First Cask albeit less dominant.

    F: More than echoes, the mouthfeel and oaky bitter green tea & vanilla cream linger, but this beautiful whisky is over all too soon – until the next sip of course!

    C: The spirit did its best to manage all those years in cask [on the palate], but provided us with a nose to die for. To enjoy a bottle would be quite something.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    OK, tried this against my all time favourite Balblair

    I have given them the same score, whisky that caresses your palate, both of them, great for different reasons.
    I love whisky:)
    I really can`t split them but this might get the nod with a gun to my head.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I have always loved old Balblair and about 7 years ago had a chance to buy this bottle, now I have tasted it I know it was a big mistake not buying.
    One word, brilliant
    suited to my palate, uber fruity, possibly a bit tame for some but bourbon cask whisky does not come any better than this.
    I need to taste the sherried 1966 38 year, just to see which is the best?
    • Nose
      94 94
      That is a lovely nose, multi layered to say the least.
      Hot buttered toast, biscuit, cereals, honey, banoffee pie, apple, apple skins, faint grapefruit, other white fruits, touch of polish, a little vanilla and freshly sawn wood, that lot is just for starters!
      After a minute ot two there is a slight glue note mixing with the wood.
      Awesome this is perfect for a bourbon cask whisky in my view, I hope the palate lives up to it?
    • Taste
      93 93
      Thick and chewy. really creamy and very fruity.
      Wow perfect.

      All the fruits on the nose are here and then some, like a mixed fruit cocktail, peach, mango, whipped cream, buttery, hints of sweet spice but mainly fruit.

      There is a biscuit, wafer edge to the profile and the buttery angle mixed with sugar is great.
    • Finish
      94 94
      This is where it gets interesting, full and creamy mouthfeel but also quite light like some of the best old blends I have had ( a compliment)
      Remains a little spicy and sweet with the fruit staying until the end with just a little more apple.

      With water (not needed)
      Basically the same with a little more apple and now a little soft tinned gooseberry (Heinz fruit cocktail)
      The water has released an avalanche of white fruits now, just more of everything


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