Overall rating
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Dec 2011 12:19 pm

Average value

€ 83.90

2 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

11 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 18-year-old MBl

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.18 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Touch of hay, heather. Herbal notes, winey. Later on some fruit, lemon.
    • Taste
      Spicy, a little pepper. Some bitterness.
    • Finish
      Light touch of cereal grain. Very light.

  2. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, just lacks something of complexity for its age.
    • Nose
      Honey, apricot, peach, grass, flowers, banana, lemon, hint of tangerines and hint of menthol
    • Taste
      Honey, apricot, peach, banana, lemon, grass, cinnamon, nuts and white pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium, vanilla custard, apricot, cinnamon, lemon zest, hint of pepper, peach and nuts.

  3. Volanne scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The effort in mixing peat and fruit is laudable, and the work has been done with honesty, but this malt lacks a bit of passion.

    Tasted blind for whisky-distilleries.info WDTS:http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/index_EN.shtml
    • Nose
      Soft and fruity. Orchard fruits. Golden Delicious apple and perhaps some nectarine. The wood has already brought some vanilla roundness that conceals something grassy. Quite some honey and quince jelly. Crispy like nougatine. The whole is delicately spiced with a pinch of peat.
    • Taste
      Soft attack, perhaps even a bit weak (43%?). The mouth develops on a coffee-flavoured hard caramel sweet. Then, the peat comes back on the foreground, more prominent than on the nose. The whole lacks a bit of power and personality though.
    • Finish
      Short, marked by a slight astringency.

  4. ducksingel scored this whisky 82 points Editor

    Not really convincing, specially the finish. A bit disappointing after other Balmenachs I tasted.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N: sweet, dairy, grains, bread, apples, peach (looks like a Toshan)
    T: bitter, nuts, floral, vanilla and dry
    F: dry, fruity, very bitter and later more grains

  6. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    nice with an interesting profile. Diluted, young and easy to drink.

    Tasted under the WDTS: http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/2012-02/Bottle1.shtml#blamenach18maltman
    • Nose
      honey and fruit paste, an earthy side (can be a bit of peat?), herbaceous & spicy, and a lot of spices (cinnamon)
    • Taste
      interesting. These are the spices that stand out in the mouth with a slight "new make" side then liquorice and vanilla
    • Finish
      long on spices with a bitterness pleasant because mastered


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