Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Aug 2007 8:22 pm

Average value

€ 508.73

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50 × member ratings

75 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1979

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.84 points

  1. Coldorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great dram, not overpowered by the cask
    • Nose
      90 90
      Really floral and fruity. Flowers, citrus, apple juice, pineapple, a bit of vanilla, and toasted bread. Lovely sweet nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Spicy and fruity. Oily texture with a pleasant spiciness getting stronger over time, with pepper and cinnamon. Tropical fruits with mango and pineapple again, some oak influence with pepper, then some light pleasant bitterness
    • Finish
      90 90
      Finish is long and warm, slightly drying, on grapefruit, pineapple and a light oaky spiciness.

  2. Bill scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Pleasant enough. Light and gently fruity. No real negatives, but nothing special either. Red apples and some vanilla on the nose and palate. Fairly short finish. Easy to drink, easy to forget.

  3. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A priori I prefer the 1983 version, probably this whisky could still grow old and it is a general remark towards Balblair. The distillery produces a whisky that seems beautifully enduring the test of time, probably in the future we can offer versions of a more advanced age that will probably retain a freshness, an extraordinary dynamic. (Whisky Passion).
    • Nose
      Below a greasy texture, buttered fruit, such as apple, but also creamy vanilla. This breeze comes from the expansive green, exotic fruits, not really explosive but well placed in the center of the nose. Peanut paste. It will take time for him to filter toasted bread, lemon. It needs a good ventilation to show all its mineral character, with a mixture of dried pineapple, papaya.
    • Taste
      A mouth that retains a lively, fresh and fruity character. Good vanilla, drawing on soft caramel. Lemon will be channeled by a more mineral source, with also peach, papaya, pineapple. Again this exotic profile is not massive, but it is present.
    • Finish
      Drier, mineral it reveals dried pineapple, a hint of liquorice. Its texture is slightly waxy.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Rather like the ’83 and rather Speysidey too, its a savoury<sweet one, with lemons and grasses as the main players [so far], a touch chalky and grainy with some tart but ripe apples, caramel, a soapy note and a light fustiness accompanying the soft but far reaching gentle oak. As it opens up Its hugely floral [like a tropical shampoo] and equally fruity with a combo of aromatic dried fruits and flowers. Theres also bubblegum, peach lip balm, Curly-Wurly, vanilla, mango=papaya, pineapples, macadamia nuts and buttered and toasted tea cakes. More fruits emerge over time with pink wafers and rock cakes with dried lime pieces with an assured oak maturity under-pinning the entire presentation. Incredibly the spirit is still full of life, although its what ive come to expect from this exceptional distillery.
    T: A chalky, citrusy and spirity start, quickly turning mildly soapy [as on the nose] & peppery with a sour, grassy and lemon development and [bourbon] oak steering the balance against the grain. The development starts on malty [garibaldi biscuits] and fruity grain along with a heap of sour>sweet chalky lemons. Theres no mistaking the relatively peppery and lively spirit but thankfully its wrapped in all those years of gentle, dryish oak - creating a feisty, yet assured bitter=sour cocktail.
    F:  The finish comes in three parts. It lingers a fair while with lemon grain, mild malty-milk [fruit & nut] chocolate and fusty oak [sour and peppery] with vanilla with a touch of toffee. Part two brings sour lemon~malt and dry grasses with a waxy mouthfeel and a wave of milk chocolate before a part 3 - a grainy and vegetal [corn on the cob] witch-hazel close, but there are waves of mild/sweet milk chocolate that come in and out, so be in no rush for the next dram and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolatey/waxy mouthfeel reprise. Its fairly true to form from start to finish with the wood playing a pivotal part throughout. Long, long finish
    C: The beauty of a full bottle is you can judge it over time. A few months ago id initially had this down as a B- score wise, disappointed by the astringent palate. It has however taken me a while to explore that nose and many months to discover that truly remarkable finish. As a result it scores a deserved B. This certainly isnt immediately a wow dram but one that emerges with a special and honest story of a good spirit, well aged in decent casks . Equally challenging and engaging and full of life - with an accomplished nose surpassed by a truly excellent finish. Well worth hunting this one down at auction: [wsky-onlineauctions Nov ’14 £118]

    Scores a B [87]
    Further reading: WF86 WM86[5]

  5. AR71 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Summer Whisky, nice light dram with warm notes of spiced vanilla combined with a citrus touch.


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