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Balblair 1983

Overall rating
89.62/100
votes
124
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Vintage
1983
Bottled
2013
Casktype
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 Nov 2013 10:27 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 280,09

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124 × member ratings

169 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1983

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.62 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The nose is really great - with more flower scent it would be terrific - the plants are there - that makes for me the charm of quality old Bourbon barrels - I find these fruits already over 20 years so beautiful. On the palate, I like it extremely well - independent, vieschichtig, exciting, noble - an experience - I am honestly not able to perceive everything with a dram. But is he twice as good as a Laddie 22 or Craig 23 from which he unites the best? I do not know it. Can I say that for a bottle?
    • Nose
      At the beginning the nose is quite closed - although the thermometer points to the 27 ° C - after 30 to 40 minutes in the covered Snifter it has unfolded beautifully. One notices from the first moment that one has a Spitzmalt in the glass - complex smell, multifaceted fine-spicy oak (slight Bourbon barrel acid, banana tannins, FassToastnoten, tart pleasant spicy herbal botanical flavors, a little resinous ethereal, fine tingling like from wood dust particles) mixes with oranges and Citrus notes - with the oranges being more fruity sweet and sour in the foreground and also fresh orange oil resonating - the citrus notes round off the whole rather subtly and give more volume - this was initially very intense green tea - with delicate jasmine and rose petals underpinned by a wonderful sweetness which is partly reminiscent of honey and partly of flower ectar - these aspects are fading, unfortunately, more or are covered by increasingly intense sour orange smell that reminds me of the filling of orange tic tacs and mango, passion fruit fragrance - an initially quite clear mint note also fades under this fruit xplosion and I can only find them with strong smells on the glass. If you move away from the glass and approach it again, there is a bell made of vanilla sugar with fine oak over the fruit.
    • Taste
      spicy oily extremely delicious - spreads an astringent, sweet, spicy oak film on the tongue - so aromatic I can feel every inch of his way - the texture and the taste of the flowers - which I lacked in the nose are very impressive - mango , Oranges, passed nectarines .... to get pepper, tobacco, beautiful barrel spice, light chili / Eukalypus / rosemary sharpness with a herbaceous touch - which develops into a waxy texture / flavor and here flows smoothly into the finish ..
    • Finish
      numbing astringent - non-alcoholic - non-negative - cooling, minty, pine needles, delicate oak spice absolutely free of any bitterness

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tarte tatin out of the oven! Very floral, sweet vanilla, banana. Very melted, lots of generous aromas! Subtle wooded. With water, mint and lemon zest! In the mouth, what a fondue! Spices a bit too biting maybe. It evokes a bourbon sometimes. With water are added fresh vegetal notes. Very long and intense finish on vanilla and spices. A captivating whisky!

    Enthusiasm 5/5

  3. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A great mature Bourboncask, which does not bear its considerable age like a dark, musty oak board in front of him, but instead has transformed all the sharpness of youth into a tropical orchard. This is rewarded with 91 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First waxy freshness, like a well-groomed hallway at school, then the floor wax becomes a citrus-fresh cleaner (Master Proper comes to my mind, but that too is a pleasant, non-intrusive fragrance), which gradually results in grapefruit abrasion and also exotic fruits peel it out, after much consideration, I get stuck on papaya. What is missing: oak. And any form of vanilla. What I think is really great ... That was already a great nose: (whereby it opens only slowly and with much hand warmth)
    • Taste
      92 92
      Here comes the fruit cocktail directly and without circumlocution. The first overwhelming impression is: super sweet mandarin from the tin. Then the sweetness subsides and the grapefruit from the nose comes back, where it is associated with a bitter-bitter note that you can associate for the first time with the tannins of the barrel. In any case, no trace of alcohol and sharpness. A buttery soft fruit basket
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the (unfortunately relatively short) finish the fine sweetness comes back again. You rarely. I associate sweet lemon cake and miss the oak again.

  4. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    First waxy freshness, like a well-groomed hallway at school, then the floor wax becomes a citrus-fresh cleaner (Master Proper comes to my mind, but that too is a pleasant, non-intrusive fragrance), which gradually results in grapefruit abrasion and also exotic fruits peel it out, after much consideration, I get stuck on papaya. What is missing: oak. And any form of vanilla. What I think is really great ... That was already a great nose: (although it opens only slowly and with a lot of hand warmth): 91p

    Mouth:
    Here comes the fruit cocktail directly and without circumlocution. The first overwhelming impression is: super sweet mandarin from the tin. Then the sweetness subsides and the grapefruit from the nose comes back, where it is associated with a bitter-bitter note that you can associate for the first time with the tannins of the barrel. In any case, no trace of alcohol and sharpness. A buttery fruit basket: 92p

    Sustain:
    In the (unfortunately relatively short) finish the fine sweetness comes back again. You rarely. I associate sweet lemon cake and miss the oak again. 89p

    A great mature Bourboncask, which does not bear its considerable age like a dark, musty oak board in front of him, but instead has transformed all the sharpness of youth into a tropical orchard. This is rewarded with 91 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Balblair is a very nice fruity whisky. The 30Y. keeps a superb freshness, not exhausted by the barrel and the years, while proposing a beautiful complexity, a perfect nose, I am a fan. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Beautiful syrup of exotic fruits. Pineapple, mandarin. It's creamy at will, caramelized, what a nose it's extra. There are these fruits without the sweet side. There is a touch of mint hyper subtle. A little lemon, honey and toasted barley.
    • Taste
      Palate: In the mouth the bourbon cask is revealed. There are sweet spices, vanilla and always a lot of fruity. The power is mastered to give everything to the flavors. Always so creamy, it lets appear are wooded side.
    • Finish
      Final: Slight drought. The palate is covered with peach juice and pepper spice. I am in love. If I had to find one fault, it could be longer in the mouth, but it's still like that with this kind of whisky.

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The kind of undislikable bourbon-matured fruity lemonade that Balblair has grown quite famous for, epitomical in style. Distinguishes itself from other bourbon fruit bombs by being more subtle, more orchardy and more lactic, this is no multicolor exotic extravaganza. This somehow has more class. Could have gone for 91 as well really.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Right away, various fruits in a very realistic and not-too-sweet version. Pineapple cubes, lemon and tangerine mostly. Some obvious white chocolate and something a bit more cereal-driven hint at a proper bourbon maturation, though the cask is by no means preponderant. Some green lemonade then. Let's wait a bit. Later on : tarte Tatin and its vanilla ice cream. Gets a bit more refined and interesting afterwards (as I remembered it) with discrete touches of melon, raspberry and fresh cream. Very elegant, but not totally as flabbergasting as I remembered the first half of my sample 2 years ago (but maybe it's been aerated too much in between, or maybe my taste has simply changed !)
    • Taste
      91 91
      Does the job, and does it perfectly. What's great is that it does exactly what you think it's gonna do. Proper creamy fruits with a nice bourbon influence. Velvety texture and perfect alcohol integration. Vanilla ice cream, melon, white peach, white chocolate, pineapple cubes. All in one cohesive block but you can still pick them apart. Some very slight woody structure now emerges but it stays totally under control, it serves the other flavours. Some buttery wax and fresh cream again.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Clean and actually quite long with a lot of lactic sides, fresh cream mostly, again. Some fine, subtle wood and a mintleaf. Later on, some orange-infused tea I guess. Very good.

  7. BehindSpace scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. RichardMayston scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I would be a happy man to have a few cases of this stashed away. This is a great whisky to share and revel in over the course of an evening. You need a lot of time and space to let it build, to hear all those complex notes and melodies.
    • Nose
      I just L.O.V.E super fruity whiskies, and this is fabuloso. You just want to drink it through your nostrils all night long. Totally elegant. Vanilla, but not overpowering. Tons of fruits, apricots, quince, greengage plums. Honey, honeysuckle, flowers. Some nuts, hazelnut and almond. 

      Symphonic, well composed, majestic. A Beethovens 6th symphony of a whisky. 
    • Taste
      Does not disappoint. Everything the nose has promised is there. Fruit platter on a bed of vanilla from fresh american oak casks in perfect harmony.
    • Finish
      Could be longer, but that is just being greedy. Clean, fresh, and mildly spicey. 

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: At first it stays rather closed, a hint of smokiness like in older Aberfeldys. With time and/or water vanilla and citrus fruits, oranges, grapefruits. You can smell it's age as well, dusty library.

    Mouth: Strikingly light, douce at the tongue, mellow fruits. Almost no wood, and if so, only slight influence. Extremely good balanced, as my predecessors wrote here.

    Finish: Long and warm, tiny bit of bitterness from the 30years, and it's gone again. Not endlessly long, but just perfectly fitting.

    Wouldn't have expected this Bourbon-cask to bring so much joy. Reminds me a lot of an older Aberfeldy. The 46% suits it extremely good, a drop of water helps to open it up further. Proof, that not every whisky needs to be 50+% to be extraordinary good.

    If you are disappointed by this one at first: - let the glass be for 30 mins -add a drop of water - try a second glass

    Price is still very good for all the 1983 born sons of us. But for how long...? I can sense it rising while I'm typing. Still reasoning with me to buy me a bottle for my 40th or 50th birthday in advance.

    89/100

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