Balblair 2001

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Nov 2011 10:03 pm

Average value

€ 51.20

6 × in wishlist

36 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2001

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.82 points

  1. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Easy summer sipper.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Yes it’s young and lacks depth. But it’s also vibrant, fun and drinkable. 

    They bothered to put a vintage on the bottle (age is calculable) rather than create a fancy name and equal fancy story around this whisky. No instead Balblair gives you a natural coloured whisky with a vintage. I have to praise them for that.

    I’ve tasted this in a horizontal tasting of the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. They are all quite similar but not the same.
    • Nose
      A fresh, young, fruity and subtle whisky with aromas of fresh fruits, red apple, pear, pineapple, green banana, floral tones, vanilla, acacia honey, cumarine, yeast, toasted brad, cereals, mineral tones (some chalk), barley sugar and a hint of oak.
    • Taste
      A fresh, spicy and youngish whisky with aromas of lemon peels, white pepper, malt, barley sugar, hint of licorice root, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, ginger, tannins (not to much), subtle toffee, cardboard, some floral tones and dry oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long and drying finish with aromas of bitter lemon peels, hint of orange, barley sugar, cinnamon, honey, tannins, and dry oak

  3. molar3rd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very fresh, and when i mean fresh i mean a lot of zest. Limes. Lemongrass, you get it. Fizzy. Almost gin like. With some wood and malty sugars underneath to balance the entire thing quite well.
    Palate: : Zingy spicy entry. Bitter wood and Malty sweet backbone. Lemon is here then it disappears into thin air! to reveal dark chocolate and cocoa powder.
    Finish: dark chocolate and some cocoa powder that go a long way.

    This one is replacing the 2000 vintage , and I do think they differ quite a bit. not as much vanilla here as in the the former, and this one is fresher and more on the fizzy side. A perfect summer drink for me. if you ask.




  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Just like the 97 - Subtle barley sweet note
    T: The cleanest barley taste ever, but no bananas or lime like the 97. Add water in mouth for cream!
    F: Unexpected spicy fizz, a little ginger, custard/cardboard - dries the mouth and then quickly gone. Gentle malt lingers
    C: Love it - Simple but surprisingly spicy taste. Dryness prevents it scoring a straight ‘A’ but its GREAT
    As good as the '97 - maybe better, certainly different.

    Scores an A-

  5. granella2003 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. granella2003 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This full bodied malt gives unmistakable Balblair
    • Nose
      Aromas of flowers, fragrant lemons, oranges, sweet, honey,
      vanilla, green apples, leather, toffee and
      powerful strong presence in this whisky.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is very sweet, spicy, powerful with hints of vanilla, toffee, lemon, oranges, flowers and green apples.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and full of flavor

  7. Junior scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Place: IMWF Ghent 2012
    • Nose
      very light aroma, clean, some fresh fruit, some spice on the back of the nose
    • Taste
      tickles the tongue, some farmy notes, fresh baked bread, some sour notes on the tip of the tongue
    • Finish
      medium, spice remains, oaky notes


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