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Balblair 16-year-old

Overall rating
81.36/100
votes
93
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P005994 5278 12:35 L15
Barcode
5010509420006
Added on
21 Aug 2007 8:00 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 127,08

5 × in wishlist

93 × member ratings

222 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 16-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.36 points

  1. Frank1972 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      71 71

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A firm smooth and textured body.
    • Nose
      Nutty. Light, fresh spiciness. Fragrant.
    • Taste
      smooth and surprising satisfying. Again the saltiness and shortbread. Chocolate shortbread. A light whisky packed with flavours.
    • Finish
      Toffee apples. Cedary dryness.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I finished my bottles ages ago and can`t remember this much peat maybe this 2005 edition had more peat but nothing like I remember it???

    Very good whatever it is?
    • Nose
      Much more peat than I remember and I have had a few bottles of this.

      Peaty and a little farm yard in the mix smells like a Springbank with some brine, fresh seaside air, caramel and distant white  fruits.
    • Taste
      Nice mouthfeel with some peat at the front but then it subsides to reveal some mango, apple and a little fresh pineapple. It is creamy on buttercream and a touch of salted caramel
    • Finish
      Good medium length and lip smacking to be honest

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Is that E150? - probably. Initially seems like a ’70’s blend, its rather sweet and fruity with fresh and dried apples [with apple skin potency too], over-stewed [burned] pears in a shortbread/rolled oat crumble with toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top lightly seasoned with white pepper. Theres a strange toasted-smoked oiliness here too along with orange essential oil and nutty soap. Curious but enjoyable apple/candy, floral~fresh, grassy sweetness is the order of the day. Much to discover here.
    T: Rather softer arrival than id imagined from the nose. Waxy, salted caramel with peppery oak shavings at first with spirit developing before becoming more buttery on development [if kept in the mouth], Theres is a roughness to this Balblair on the development but there are plenty of twists and turns to distract the palate. The malty-oaky-spirity, sour=sweetness is maintained into the finish. With water the arrival is sweeter but the development is similar but with more waxy caramel showing into the finish.
    F: Sour=sweet tartness is maintained before the whole lot diminishes rather quickly but nicely and controlled. Grassy, oaky, fresh apple skin and dry oak remains for a second finishing phase. Theres a dry, oaky, mossy chalkiness at the death. 
    C: A turbulent journey dram but a good one nevertheless with plenty to be discovered along the way.

    Scores a B-

  6. Koloman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    altogether light and yet spicy with increasing dryness
    • Nose
      ethereal, almost cutting freshness; subtle sherry sweets; malty-buttery base; if anything, only a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      buttery, slightly salted shortbread; a little nut and honey
    • Finish
      ethereal notes as of pine needles; Slightly sprightly over time, yeast dough, nut chocolate

  7. Big_Alex scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant and uncomplicated malt, which should also be especially the friends of lighter Stöffchen.
    • Nose
      Light, alcohol stays pleasant in the background. Fruits and hay as well as heather and malt are harmoniously present. Round and pleasant.
    • Taste
      Light honey sweetness, soft and delicate, dry and slightly bitter on the finish.
    • Finish
      Dry and warm, medium in the finish.

  8. Big_Alex scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      75 75

  9. Cipidos scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

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