- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- 1st Release
- Bourbon Oak Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 50 ml 700 ml
- Added on
- 13 Oct 2013 12:36 am
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2003
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.66 points
- 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.
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
- A fairly young Balblair, actually bottled too young in my opinion, but certainly a good example of what they have to offer.
Light and fresh. White wine, citrus fruits, flowers. Slightly earthy.
Easy, a bit thin. Bright grapes, honey, a little bit of spice.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.