- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- 1st Release - Bourbon Matured
- Bourbon Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 1000 ml
- Bottled for
- Travel Retail
- Added on
- 04 Apr 2014 7:43 pm by Dragon
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2004
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.45 points
- Tasted in a Balblair range share.
Didn't do it for a long time, but flushed this one down the sink
Sweet and sour, hay, heater. But there is an off-note here. Like cooked Brussel sprouts, rotting tin and stuff like that. There are apples and pears too.
Little sweet, but turns bitter quickly. Some hay and a chalk note in the background. Bitter oranges. But it isn't balanced at all. Don't really like it.
Short. Little chalk, bitter notes. Fades away with some sawdust.
- Part 5/8 of a Balblair range share. Before this I have tasted the standard 12, 15, 18, and also a ‘05 vintage (#116591).
That’s weird. Blindly tasted I would swear this is an older bottling of Glenlivet 12yo... apple, pear, tropical fruits, honey toffee, sweet and sour, you know the drill. But with a little more body thanks to the 46%. I know this is an highlander but it could be easily taken for a Speyside. It fits the profile perfectly. Unfortunately everything on the nose is middle of the road. It doesn’t have anything special to offer.
Initialy it’s soft, sweet and gentle. Right after that it’s white pepper and bitter wood influences allover the place. Water makes the taste collapse instead of improving it. Fragile it is.
Short. A tad sharp, bitter and dry. Again white pepper. Very onesided and not a lot to offer. To much spiciness going on to really differentiate a lot of specific flavors.
By far the worst of the 5 Balblair whiskies so far.
- The nose and early palate are fine but it’s all down hill from there with this Balblair. First it’s vanilla and nice ripe fruits. That turns into a spicy, peppery and a tad bitter development and finish. Not my cup of tea.
Fresh apple, caramel barberry, vanilla. Sour berries. Sweet pie with apples. Slightly spirituous. 21
Spirituous, the first sip of even scalding. Then you get used to it, everything becomes not so bad. Boiled condensed milk, sour berry juice, generously diluted with alcohol. Lemon. 19
From medium to long. Suddenly, a hint of salt is added. Warming, pleasant. 22.
Balance - 19. More likely, non-drinkable. More like an Irishman or a spacer than a Highlander. Some razboltanny: a good nose, a floppy taste, but surprisingly nice finish.
- Fairly mature for his age, barely alcoholic, quite full-bodied, long finish - yummy
Malt, roasted cereals, apples, pears, lemon zest, oak, fruity fresh, light, clean
malty, quite complex oak with a lot of fruity lemon zest, green apples, subtle sweetness, spicy bourbon casein, slightly grassy, slight waxy notes, pepper, slight bitterness
Warming, spicy, dry, a lot of herbal tart oak flavor - lemon is eternally on the tongue