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Balblair 2002

Overall rating
82.68/100
votes
140
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Vintage
2002
Bottled
2012
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Barcode
5010509800341
Added on
08 Aug 2012 1:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 49,13

24 × in wishlist

140 × member ratings

315 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2002

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.68 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Grapefruit

    Balblair’s claim to fame was the fact that they did not use age statements but vintages on their bottles. But the range was revamped in March 2019 and now it boasts ages on the labels once more. There is a new 12, 15, 18 and even 25 Year Old, all bottled at 46%. The new 25 will set you back some 600 EUR. Ouch. I will try an oldie from 2002, bottled in 2012 so about 10 years young. They do not come much paler than this, I think.

    It starts fresh, young and innocent on the nose. Some orchard fruit, lime, melon, gooseberries, green grapes, all very summery and fresh. Floral too. I get wild flowers, hay and chamomile. Barley sugars and a good helping of honey. A leaf of mint. Quite docile.

    That continues nicely on the palate, although a mildly sour and bitter note joins in. Grapefruit becomes big and some pepper, ginger and oak appear. A touch zesty. Much better than the nose promised, but still fairly simple.

    The finish is bittersweet on more grapefruit, but this gets a bit softer thanks to some pineapple and juicy pears.

    Very summery whisky that you can put on the table when friends come over. Bring out the glasses and throw away the cork. This bottle will not survive the night. Thanks for the sample, Patrick!

  2. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Well crafted. Smooth. Quite fruity and has just enough wood spice to give it a little "bite". IMO, the best of Balblair's 00-05 range. Shows what you can do with good casks and quality distillate and all without charging an arm and a leg. If you like Balvenie then you'll like this Balblair.

  3. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 419: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J4fSjvXc-Q (90/100). Whisky of the year 2013.

    "It's a good single malt in the old fashion way."

  4. dr.mad scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Lime, innocence, floral field
    • Taste
      79 79
      A little weak, licorice, sharp
    • Finish
      78 78
      Coating the mouth and kicking you in the face

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicate but slightly intense nose, fresh with lemon tart and vanilla. Then this return "floral" very Balblair 2001. Mouth not obvious to describe but with subtle wood and sweet spices that take a little more bread with each sip. 46 °? We would not really say so. Sparkling and creamy in the finish. Vanilla and a touch of grapefruit. Enthusiasm 4/5

  7. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    honest and easy drinking stuff. i enjoyed it
    87/100
    • Nose
      pears, pears and pear candies, apples bananas.
      very fresh, very clean, very easy.
    • Taste
      same as nose, add a certain spiciness, hard to pin down. perhaps cinnamon.
    • Finish
      medium, still very fruity

  9. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Simply great!
    • Nose
      Bright color, of course. Bright fruits, pear, apricots, intense oak.
    • Taste
      My first Balblair and the reason why I like this distillery: great whisky, fruity, oaky, soft and round. Purebred.
    • Finish
      With a bit of water it smells and tastes almost like a Williams pear schnapps.

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