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Balmenach 1973

Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
53
Whiskybase ID
WB3295
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Highland Selection - Limited Edition
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2000
Stated Age
27 years old
Number of bottles
2150
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 aug 2008 10:03 am

Average value

€ 324.43

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53 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 1973

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tart and spicy, fruity and sweet. This Balmenach from 1973 convinces with a strong volume on the tongue and a solid character in the taste. The nose is wonderfully harmonious and old school, the aftertaste is also convincing across the board. A great bottling, I like it very much.

    22/22/22/23 (89P)
    • Nose
      Light amber shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a multitude of small "legs" make their viscous paths. Roasted aromas and hazelnuts dominate the first impression with apricot and vanilla. Malty wax and honey come into their own, mint emerges from spicy wood tones, milk chocolate and toffee are minimal. Slightly floral and grassy hints emerge, mushy bananas and ripe pears are sweet and fruity on the nose, the alcohol is wonderfully harmonious.
    • Taste
      Apricots and pears, caramel and chocolate, the first contact on the tongue is sweet and fruity. Bit by bit tart and spicy wood tones are added, hazelnuts and malty grain followed by meadow herbs and a hint of old vanilla. Fresh mint and a hint of menthol tickle the tip of the tongue with a peppery spiciness, chocolate and honey are added. Hints of citrus fruit and zest of dried oranges, again slightly floral and minimally grassy.
    • Finish
      Mild and dry floral notes stick to the palate, dry wood tones and notes of hazelnut follow, toffee and hard caramel end in creamy whole milk. The aftertaste is medium long, in the background there is again a subtle note of peppermint.

  2. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tangy tartness. Its a desert dram following on from the fruity ones before.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great Balmenach again, only the cask strength I missed a little.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malt, waxy fruits, oak, honey, herbals and unripe banana.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Malt, caramel and honey, pepper and ginger, matured oak, cereal and fruits.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, spicy, dry.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very nice retro style malt - takes some time
    • Nose
      Malty sweet, it shows its very noble elegance, a lot of wax, warm oak boards, sawdust, apricots, honey, flowers, grass
    • Taste
      very exotic fruity - delicious - fine spicy with a lot of delicate wax
    • Finish
      very long

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet tropical fruits. Bananas. Like Plantains  being cooked on a barbecue.
    • Taste
      Becoming drier. Vegetal. Yeasty.
    • Finish
      A touch of smokiness. Roasted bell-peppers. Some chili-like heat.

  8. Jeep51 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very easy to access, it still lacks a little something.
    • Nose
      Fairly discreet and light. Fresh fruit salad, slightly herbaceous, fruits from the orchard. It leans towards these Littlemill released since a few years. Not unpleasant.
    • Taste
      Here, rather on malt, cereals and caramel. Then come a lot of wood and pepper. It's a little dry and pungent but it brings a bit of pep to this whisky a little too wise.
    • Finish
      Long, spicier and dry. Slight smoke.

  9. tebond968 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Balmenach 27y 1973/2000, 46%, OB, 2150 bottles Njammie, this is a surprisingly beautiful nose. Complex, layered and above all tasty. I note all kinds of garden herbs, wet leaves, moss, mushrooms, ferns (a forest as it were), dried grass, honey and polished antique furniture. Best fruit too. Apples, blackberries and a little pineapple. Round, mature oak. Very drinkable, lively and round on the tongue. Here it starts on soft caramel, orange, mandarins, apricots and red, juicy apples. Behind it are herbs, herbs such as mint, ginger and cinnamon. I now also taste almonds and marzipan. Oak in perfect quantity. A small amount of smoke (from the wood) even. Medium aftertaste on herbs, tea and the fruit that continues to take part in the last sob. Balmenach, it is only my fourth, but it has never disappointed me. This is even really good. 89/100 http://onversneden.com/2013/07/31/balmenach-27y-1973/

  10. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

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