Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Malt Whisky Association (TMWA)
Bottling serie
Hogmanay Dram - Millennium Edition
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
17 mar 2013 12:04 pm

Average value

€ 100.00

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2 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balmenach 1980 TMWA

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.00 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    [Tasting session - n°2 - quick note]
    • Nose
      Delicate and very milky with a touch of salt, this is full of dairy cream and has even a transient note of fresh shrimps. Wet newspapers. Very light.
    • Taste
      Very peculiar, this is full of fresh milk, cream, with a hint of salt again and a nice fluid texture. Not your everyday flavour profile.
    • Finish
      Short to medium, with a bit of wet paper smoke.

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Last up is a bottle I scored for a mere £50 at auction. opened at the 2019 Campbeltown Festival and took to tOMoH’s My Precious.

    N: A great example where the cask has thoroughly served the distillate. This is not a shopping-list dram. It’s very light, mildly sweet yet desirably fatty [Mini Milk=shear butter=dried olive oil], with further notes of straw, drowned rose petals, wafting allium-hot aromas of garlic and salty lemon>lime peel. I love Gaija’s ‘wet newspaper’ and tOMoH’s ‘gentle metal’ & ‘flint’ notes [WLP]. I’ll throw in a mere suggestion of a faint farmy note in there too.

    T: Appreciating this one is about what is, not what isn’t – glass half full and all that – like the 1971 Bache Gabrielsen [WLP90] in that respect. It remains fatty though less salty than on the nose, always light and convivial, arriving mildly floral-sweet. There’s a flash of hesitancy/edginess before it settles into light waxy=malty > salty < < citrus & straw action with just a touch of heat. Maintains a fairly sustained if relaxed pace whilst chewing the sweetness out of the farmy straw is a joy.

    F: Medium-short with citrus/straw/coppery remnant trails. Sometimes more chocolatey on the finish, the fattiness remains as does the light-sweet lemon citrus. It’s balanced throughout and concludes without a blemish.

    C: I don’t recall having a whisky quite like this before, though barring the absence of peat, some less well-received Port Ellen’s might come close. A super-subtle, special little number that I’ll miss. Maybe Glencadam’s 15yo [WLP] is the contemporary replacement?


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