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Balblair 2003

Overall rating
80.56/100
votes
70
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

7 × in wishlist

70 × member ratings

115 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2003

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.56 points

  1. rolabob scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Simo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Bram84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74

  10. molar3rd scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fresh lovely and youthful. Vanilla. Pear drops. Green apples. Malty and zesty. With a hint of fresh cucumber. Classic ex bourbon. Young lion. Lovely.

    Palate: lovely palate too keeping it fresh with the pears zest and oak. Creamy with vanilla and yummy oak notes followed by wood spice , pepper and ginger. A nice mouth feel oily and full with a tiny hint of dried coconut bits.

    Finish : milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla and spicy oak.

    Bottom line:

    Good nose, palate and finish. Youthful, fresh and crisp. A great example of good quality young ex-Bourbon cask Whisky. a High quality dram in its age group.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2014/02/18/tasting-balblair-2003/

     

     

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