Balblair 1975

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
American Oak Refill Ex-Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2012 1:28 pm

Average value

€ 459.68

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1975

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.22 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    Why do some corks get wet with upright storage? This one was saturated, and remained so.

    N: Every dram needed time to open up. I noticed the stark difference with every new pour. Once done, receptors on. Unforgettable youthful<old, floury fruity>floral dunnage [grainy wheat-barley vibe], honeyed leather [or leathered honey - if that was a thing], elderberries, lavender, un-vinegared capers, white bloomer bread, light fruit jams [apricots, rose apples, dragon fruit],… and a sweetness that is akin to a marmite & Demerara molasses umami-esque combo.

    T: Delivers an unforgettable dunnage-dry/honeyed golden hay/chalky package, blend/consolidated in style. Opens out & out and grows & grows on you. Certainly one of the subtlest, well-aged, weighty-oaked malts. And there is plenty of oak [37 years of it!], but it feels like the spirit is still just about leading the way - the casks patiently adding to the complexity bar year on year. Every sip defies the last. Both the barley & oak carbohydrates are divine. Sugar peas, but not as you know them - the sugary tannin of the skin, blackberry cordial, a touch of crumble,…. If there were dad noises creeping in from the start, water takes things to a more animated level - dads-chatting-in-a-beer-garden level, whilst the mouthfeel swells. There is an acute soapy note but the [grapefruit] sharpness aides the balance, somehow. Did I mention the peat? It took [me] a few day before the peat was obvious enough - and although unobtrusive, it’s vital to the mix. No words now, only sensations. Let it all wash over whilst that mouthfeel massages the tongue.

    F: Lots of heathery action, that’s for sure. Then, honey to cream to more soft hay. Bourbon for sure - any sherry? Near impeccable form. At the death: honeyed dried white bread, for the ducks. Later, deep putty notes leading to [Trustin] peeled chestnuts snacks [from your local health food shop], and roasted cabbage. Becomes more honeyed with treacle, then with some damp chalk powder and a little detergent. Now a dry cooked cabbage & rice-paper sweetness with some depth. All these notes come with clear shifts before lingering. This malt’s true age shows most now, but there’s no suggestion of overbaking. A soapy note again, but still only a touch. Later I detect more floral stuff. Whilst the nose got lighter [over time], the finish gets denser with a puttiness.

    C: And who said it’s impossible to drink quality in quantity? I fully intended to take my time, to savour the bottle, to share samples and decant some for future years - but I couldn’t hold back from those irresistible oak sugars. We can’t drink oak, but in a way, we can. Caned in four days. Bon bon.

    Scores an A[-]

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. franpincoffee scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior


    The second release of Balblair 1975 is non-chill filtered with natural color, and the nose has mild spices with notes of almond, honey, vanilla, and a hint of coconut for a smooth creaminess. The taste is spicy with cinnamon rolling in like a wave and notes of oak, nutmeg, ginger, and almond. The finish lingers nicely with mild spiciness and a touch of honey for a good balance.

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Mellow and matured with very ripe white fruits, fragrant of sweet floral and apparent ester in the mix. Creamy berries, white sweet sherry, turfy and steel notes lurking, follow by caramel, toffee.

    P- Cola candy, soft spices and chocolate. Firm and rounding. Some quality but ordinary, far from great for an old bottling as this.

    F- Long, some "aged" quality shows up with coat of waxiness. Dark fruit, chocolate, warming and gentle. Good whisky but boring.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. molar3rd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Starting quite zesty with orange peel, some old bookshelves, Like entering a very old library with old wood shelves, chairs and tables, some wood resin. Tropical fruit sweetness, with a dash of honey, Sultanas and apricot. add a little wood spice, a sprinkle of cinnamon and you’re done. Can’t ask anything more from this nose. It’s Astounding.

    Palate: Now let’s dive in. Oak a plenty, with ample malt, and dried loveliness of sultans, a citrusy edge, and plenty of old wood. The oak and lovely zest are well integrated and It feels soothing and prickly at the same time.Some chocolate covered nuts and candied fruit, with a touch of exotic fruit here too.

    Finish : fruity, zesty with a touch of cocoa powder and oak.

    An excellent dram.I like this style very much (cheers, Stuart), and would love to have this one added to my whisky self (as long as it’s not stolen – don’t even ask!).




  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    'Breathtaking Hill Walk'

    N: Having just tasted the impressive Balblair '90, this is on an altogether different level of cask development but with all the wonderful Balblair characteristics in tact. In fact the banana and limes so often seen in the younger releases but not detected in the 1990 are here once again. Rich honey, woody malt notes. Now some fresh lemon peel, butter on toast, some salt, some fresh but still sweet veg - carrots, yes. Caramel sugars coming through now and tomatoes, on pizza, some kind of curd and goats cheese, Emmantal? Pancake doughy malt in and out all the time. This nose would be wasted in the wrong environment, its all very delicate and subtle, and you could easily enjoy it as a simple inviting welcome. Exploring it however reveals a royal nose. Did i mention all spice? Marvellous
    T: Fresh arrival, sweet in a dark chocolate way, a perfect bittersweet balance. Dark caves, fresh moss and walks in the lake district, wow. Opening out, taste those wood sugars, this is Balblair perfection, the wood and the spirit are singing! After a while that countryside freshness leads into a dark sweet forest, where the trees are made of rich cocoa
    F: after the wow, you feel like you've walked Scar Fell. Such a fresh hit of the countryside, but the earthy heart of it. Coffee wood and hazelnut chocolate lingers for minutes.
    C: I thought the nose was impressive, but boy that palate - this surpasses say the PC6, that Bruichladdich beauty - where words became noises.  Here, noises become images. The finish, aside from the best drinking chocolate you've ever wanted, you're left with a memory and what finish can better that. The best Balblair I've tried.

    Scores an A+

  8. Aetius scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An interesting malt, but not the most robust one around. Shows its age somewhat, though I'd have said it was much younger than 37 years if I had to guess after a blind taste.
    • Nose
      A rather complex nose, but also one that is easy to like. Very fruity with lots and lots of apple and lemony notes, and hiding behind it some toffee, vanilla, saltiness and burned sugar.
    • Taste
      Doesn't quite deliver the greatness that was promised in the nose, but very nice nevertheless. The lemony notes are there, as are the apply ones, as well as the burned sugars, in addition to a new spicyness.
    • Finish
      The fruitiness dies down and beckomes a broader and more general sweetness, but with some side notes of leather, smoke and bitterness. And maybe some toast?

  9. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Rich and complex nose, with delicate vanilla and orchard fruits mixing with more robust leather and burnt sugar. There was a slight off note too though, that reminded me of whiteboard marker pens. Water didn`t change the profile greatly but did accentuate the whiteboard pen notes. Spicy on the palate, but relatively straightforward, with strong oak dominating a bit too much for my liking. The strong woody element also dominates the finish, although some lovely fruity aspects do also emerge. I get the feeling that this one is bordering on greatness (the nose would be stunning if those whiteboard marker pen notes weren`t there), but that ultimately one or two aspects fall short. Not a bad price for such an old OB though...a rare chance to try a 35+yo OB whisky without needing to remortgage the house!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86


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