Balblair 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2012 1:41 pm

Average value

€ 61,50

11 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1997

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.29 points

  1. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is one of the best "bang-for-your-buck" Whiskies that I have tried sofar. A great Single Malt at an affordable price which isn't easy to come by these days. Very fruity and complex. A personal favourite in its price range for sure!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  3. J23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Opeth83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. molar3rd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: What a delight : vanilla, sweet honey, pineapple, banana peel , fruit and ginger candy.you can call it fruit salad madness , and you’d be right. so nice. honey, the aromas just scream out there to you, no need to go looking’ bits of lemon curd here and there. truly lovely stuff! when you let it rest you get a bit of charred wood. Fruit noses do not get any better than this. Fine stuff!

    Palate: Ginger powder, malty, lemon tart, biscuity and malty, with the apples underneath, wood spices, and an exotic fruit i can’t put my finger on, bits of white pepper too. An orgy of flavours just playing with your palate, as you smile in delight.

    Finish: Medium, zingy, ginger and fruit.

    A fine whisky, fruity, sweet, with enough highland character too, and a delight to sniff and quaff.Balblair know their work eh?




  6. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Still excellent but disappointingly, there's less subtle complexity than the 1st releases.

    Scores a B

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A personal favourite!
    • Nose
      The influence of the oak is easily detectable, a very nice vanilla smell. It`s a bit grassy, also some coconut shavings and a some glue, but in a pleasant way. There is some green apple and something tropical.
    • Taste
      Some saltiness at first but then it gets sweet. Spicy and very creamy as well.
    • Finish
      A medium to long finish, very spicy again.

  8. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Crisp, fruity nose with loads of complexity: tropical fruits (pineapple and mango) mingle with banana, ripe orchard fruits (apples and pears), butter toffee, fresh mint and vanilla. It only got better with time in the glass. Really wonderful stuff...a nose you could happily spend a whole night with! Spicy and peppery on the palate, with a fair bit of alcohol burn (it feels higher than the 46%). Not as complex or distinguished as the nose. Long and spicy finish, ending on a wonderful creamy (cream soda?) note. A really cracking dram for the price. 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. karlsson60 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, complex, needs time and patience to explore. Late evening dram.
    • Nose
      Mango, pineapple, fragrant, floral (carnation), cinnamon, later orange zest
    • Taste
      Ginger, coffee beans, meaty (game), full-bodied, well balanced, slightly adstringent
    • Finish
      Quite long, in the end slightly but not unpleasantly dry, hint of walnuts


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