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Balblair 2003

Overall rating
80.96/100
votes
77
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2013
Casktype
Bourbon Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010509800686
Added on
13 Oct 2013 12:36 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 65.00

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77 × member ratings

135 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2003

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.96 points

  1. TsiAI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 14 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: beige

    Smell Nose: Mud-rooted grass, green apple, green orange peel, white flowers with dewdrops. Followed by nectar, maltose, fresh and sweet roses, and finally the sweetness of coconut sugar disappears, adding points.

    Taste Palate: Malic acid and lemon sugar are very light, slightly spicy ginger, smoked wood, a little salty, with a certain humidity. The handover between the flavors is smooth and the transition is natural. The level is not complicated. Although it only shows 3 points, there seems to be more things waiting for me.

    End rhyme Finish: medium and short, fruit candy, the rest is elegant and green tea, a hint of sweetness.

    Body: There is almost no bitter bottom and no alcohol stimulation. Compared with the quiet smell and taste, the body is not weak.

    Nose: 84/100

    Palate: 84/100

    Finish: 82/100

    Body: 82/100

    Overall: 83/100

    Overall: Small and fresh, probably "Go away with shame, look back at the door, but sniff the green plum." The smell is very pure and I will consider it when I want to relax and have a drink. It was also a coincidence to buy this shared bottle. Teacher Jing mentioned Blair in his answer, and the evaluation of their home was "pure and simple". After drinking, he strongly agreed.

  2. TsiAI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 14 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: beige

    Smell Nose: Mud-rooted grass, green apple, green orange peel, white flowers with dewdrops. Followed by nectar, maltose, fresh and sweet roses, and finally the sweetness of coconut sugar disappears, adding points.

    Taste Palate: Malic acid and lemon sugar are very light, slightly spicy ginger, smoked wood, a little salty, with a certain humidity. The handover between the flavors is smooth and the transition is natural. The level is not complicated. Although it only shows 3 points, there seems to be more things waiting for me.

    End rhyme Finish: medium and short, fruit candy, the rest is elegant and green tea, a hint of sweetness.

    Body: There is almost no bitter bottom and no alcohol stimulation. Compared with the quiet smell and taste, the body is not weak.

    Nose: 84/100

    Palate: 84/100

    Finish: 82/100

    Body: 82/100

    Overall: 83/100

    Overall: Small and fresh, probably "Go away with shame, look back at the door, but sniff the green plum." The smell is very pure and I will consider it when I want to relax and have a drink. It was also a coincidence to buy this shared bottle. Teacher Jing mentioned Blair in his answer, and the evaluation of their home was "pure and simple". After drinking, he strongly agreed.

  3. rolabob scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Young and vibrant with plenty of energy to last. Elegantly light but not weak, relaxing boiled lemony citrus malt , follow by soft oak-y bourbon sphere with mixed spices and clove in the middle, touch of nice spicy note at tail. Some toffee, gently fragrant and ripe mango.  Modern with good style.P- Honey glaze cookies, fine bitterness from the juicy oak works well with the lemon peels. Not at all with much complexity but beautifully harmonize and soothing for a young 10Y. Simple good companion dram that eases my nerves.

    F- Medium, semi dry with touch of toasted oak, lemon linger. Sit back and relax.

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

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/a-balblair-threesome/

    N: The savoury-sweet honeyed vanilla is expected, but just how creamy, fruity and/or grassy and dunnage-y will this be at the lowly age of 9/10 years? Remember that Balblair’s spirit can take an age to mature on site, especially in refill casks, though there has been far more first-fill cask use at the distillery in recent years - a bit too much in my book. Turns out this is pretty creamy/buttery>beeswax-y<fruity/yeasty>>oily=briny=sauerkraut-pickly with a vegetal-tannic, rubbery/blu-tac complex and a slight but particular smoked paprika=barbecue powder note. Is there a little sherry action in here? It’s certainly a really decent example of a well made youthful-yet-ready whisky, a distillate-led spirit with a relaxed vibrancy. A well-trodden path affirms a fine recipe. The more I nose it, the more I appreciate its “intrinsic quality”, as Ralfy would say. Summer fruits such as Guadeloupe melon, pineapples & pears nestle with ease into to the creamy~beeswax mould, a little desert wine poured over. The yeasty maltiness from the wash & then distillate, is clearly identifiable. 

    T: You can try one sip neat [just to say you have], before getting down to business and adding your water. Give it time. Then it’s [relatively] creamy/grassy/malty within spirit-y confines, lime vanilla honey, crushed minted peas and light dunnage-y hints each playing small roles. Incredibly though there’s a similar mouthfeel to the 1975 [coming up], with an undeniable family resemblance.

    F: Light honeyed barley spirit, grassy green>briny olive skin with a white floury/chalk powder quality. Very clean coppery barley porridge at the death reveals the provenance of Balblair’s spirit.

    C: Nothing to grumble at here. Simply a competent young version of a mature 37yo. Ready for sure and good for what it is - but without the magic. If I owned Balblair, I’d set aside a thousand full refill casks [65/35 bourbon/sherry], and leave to settle in a quiet place for 30 years+. Now there’s a legacy, let alone a retirement plan! Until then, happy hip flask sipping!

    Scores a C

  6. Simo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. André scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A fairly young Balblair, actually bottled too young in my opinion, but certainly a good example of what they have to offer.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light and fresh. White wine, citrus fruits, flowers. Slightly earthy.
    • Taste
      Easy, a bit thin. Bright grapes, honey, a little bit of spice.

  9. Keur scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Nose: The nose is floral, you do get the idea of Lemon which is mixed with a sweetness that may as well be described as honey.
    Taste:
    This is a full body whisky, yes there is Orange and Lemon there, but
    also the combination of sweetness and spice (pepper). I have difficulty
    recognising the honey in the flavour, but all the other tastes are
    reasonably easy to recognise.
    Finish:
    The finish is long, very long you way as well say. It is filled with
    sweetness but also you notice the spicy flavour. It lasts long and has a
    nice and interesting ring to it.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Presents the Balblair character as one would expect, though still a bit rough at the edges. A couple of extra years in the barrel would have made considerable improvement.

    2015.06.

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