Old Ballantruan 10-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Peated Malt
Stated Age
10 years old
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label with Age Statement
Added on
10 Oct 2012 4:39 am
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 56.58

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Whisky Reviews for Old Ballantruan 10-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.45 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Conclusion in the strong peat experiment: For me clearly a 100% Islay whisky! Spontaneously, I would type 48% on the 8th Anniversary Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Fruity peat rises immediately after pouring from the glass. Citrus fruits mix with the intense peat nose and a subtle smoky note. Already after the first moves I am almost sure that the sample Askja comes to 100% from Islay. Mineral notes, slightly grassy and youthful fresh. Subtle orange and apricot flavors join the voluminous peat notes.
    • Taste
      Earthy peat and clay mixes with spicy and tart wood elements and some smoke at the first sip. Fruity sweetness and a hint of vanilla leave the harsh wood tones quickly forgotten. A pinch of black pepper spreads creamy on the tongue and makes the palate glow. Dark caramel and citrus fruit or grapefruit run creamy over the tongue, slowly the warm smoky note intensifies. Herb and wooden with a fine peat-smoke mixture, this blindsample goes into the finish.
    • Finish
      Spicy wood notes and pleasant smoke exude a very pleasant and warming aroma. The peat mixes for the last time with the pleasant smoky notes, citrus fruits are added again and end in fruity walnut flavor. For a long time these savory aromas remain warming memories.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      ölig, schmutzig, Motor, Holzrauch, süß, Karamell, Vanille und Zitrus 
    • Taste
      ölig rauchige Konsistenz mit Vanillesirup und Blumenaroma, dunkle Schokolade
    • Finish
      lang, herb, rauchig, ein schöner Hauch süßer Vanille und Schokolade, es bleibt Rauch mit herber Schokolade, etwas Tabak

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The smell is gentle and caressing, but also exciting due to its variety of aromas. Immediately the need arises to taste. The end ridges, however, are a bit washed out and not clearly distinguishable. In my mouth, I briefly had the thought: smoked grappa must taste like that. The finish is indeed enjoyable but a bit one-sided. blind tasting
    • Nose
      soft, clear smoke, vanilla, some orange, barely oak, sauternes, sweetish, a hint of woodruff, smoked peach
    • Taste
      Gentle and sweet onset, vanilla, peach, then comes always drooling oak, slightly astringent, the smoke comes late, white grapes
    • Finish
      Smoke and slightly bitter oak, slightly bitter herbs, long

  4. Expraesi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Soft, but with character, with the aroma of a stewed bonfire, farm, machine oil and caramel, taste with bitterness, with a little sweetness, with tones of burning, pepper and a slice of brown bread, the finish is open, smoky, long.
    A good peaty spider with the right strength, without any extra jewelry. Will go even to lovers of strict islanders.

    RATING: 85pts - [n21, t21, f21, b21] → | 83-85: Decent |

  6. NTC scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: peat is definitly present, some caramel freh fruits and dried fruits also spring in the nose

    Taste: a very nicely well balanced peaty whiksy, great taste, spicey, dried fruits, caramel and honey and even some well balanced wood tastes, a little bit of maritime saltyness. All present allong side the peat.

    A very full body, you can feel the oils are present in the mouth. Delightfull.

    For a peaty whisky not to long lasting a bit spicey and peaty.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      It seems to me a good deal less smoky than the NAS variant, lemon, banana, pear, apple, in the background a few herbs

      It seems to me a lot more fruity than the NAS
    • Taste
      Honey, lemon, pepper, some smoke and ashes

  8. wbarchive_712710 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Peat and smoke are not overwhelming, The alcohol is very well embedded and there are sweet fruits and an overall delicate balance. One has to pay attention to this one. As for value for money: One of the top ranking whiskies.

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Did this one H2H with the NAS version. Surprisingly, the NAS-one was actually better, fuller nose and body, although the taste of the NAS is lighter, but more powerfull. Initially even some watery mouthfeel.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Some light peatsmoke, a bit of sweetness, but pretty light nose. Some tobacco, hay, hints of a cow stable.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smooth, gentle, sweet, caramel. Sweet smoke, some honey and tobacco.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Now some more pepper, sweet peatsmoke, tobacco.

  10. diamond2000 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: braised fire, crust of black bread with cumin, moistened apples, coal dust, later sweetness: honey, apple jam, brown sugar, all accompanied by smoke; oak chips, a very pleasant aroma of freshly ground coffee, in the background oil products and a medical office.
    Taste: smoky mineral, some salt, extra dark chocolate, strong espresso, activated charcoal, apple jam, Borodinsky bread crust, a little red pepper.
    Finish: longer than average, smoke, a bit of oak, a pleasant coffee bitterness, sweet and sour, mineral-salty, gradually fading.
    Rating: 85
    The result: a very good result for a peat release of this particular distillate. The aroma is constantly developing giving out new tones in the process of tasting. The level is absolutely not inferior to the base Ayla peat-legends, although the style here is different, very pleased with the coffee and chocolate note, probably this is a feature of this mold!


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