- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 16 years old
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- P005994 5278 12:35 L15
- Added on
- 21 Aug 2007 8:06 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 16-year-old
20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.58 points
- A firm smooth and textured body.
Nutty. Light, fresh spiciness. Fragrant.
smooth and surprising satisfying. Again the saltiness and shortbread. Chocolate shortbread. A light whisky packed with flavours.
Toffee apples. Cedary dryness.
- 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?
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.
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
Good medium length and lip smacking to be honest
- 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-
- altogether light and yet spicy with increasing dryness
ethereal, almost cutting freshness; subtle sherry sweets; malty-buttery base; if anything, only a hint of smoke
buttery, slightly salted shortbread; a little nut and honey
ethereal notes as of pine needles; Slightly sprightly over time, yeast dough, nut chocolate
- A pleasant and uncomplicated malt, which should also be especially the friends of lighter Stöffchen.
Light, alcohol stays pleasant in the background. Fruits and hay as well as heather and malt are harmoniously present. Round and pleasant.
Light honey sweetness, soft and delicate, dry and slightly bitter on the finish.
Dry and warm, medium in the finish.