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Balblair 2004

Overall rating
82.45/100
votes
58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release - Bourbon Matured
Vintage
2004
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5010509800891
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
04 Apr 2014 7:43 pm by Dragon
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 62.83

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58 × member ratings

131 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2004

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.45 points

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. Defeatless scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a Balblair range share.

    Didn't do it for a long time, but flushed this one down the sink
    • Nose
      78 78
      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.
    • Taste
      79 79
      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.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short. Little chalk, bitter notes. Fades away with some sawdust.

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part 5/8 of a Balblair range share. Before this I have tasted the standard 12, 15, 18, and also a ‘05 vintage (#116591).
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  5. RobbievdBrink scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. valery77 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Fresh apple, caramel barberry, vanilla. Sour berries. Sweet pie with apples. Slightly spirituous. 21
    • Taste
      77 77
      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
    • Finish
      85 85
      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.

  8. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Fairly mature for his age, barely alcoholic, quite full-bodied, long finish - yummy
    • Nose
      Malt, roasted cereals, apples, pears, lemon zest, oak, fruity fresh, light, clean
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      Warming, spicy, dry, a lot of herbal tart oak flavor - lemon is eternally on the tongue

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