- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- 2nd Release
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- Calculated age
- 15 years old
- Ex-Bourbon Barrels + Ex-Sherry Butts
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 04 Jun 2014 8:59 am by Dragon
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1999
24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points
- Nice daily Dram. Nothing very Special but easily drinkable.
Fruity with Orange zest and sweet dried fruits. Classic Sherry influence
Nothing remarkable but also nothing bad.
Sweet, fruity and not too alcoholic.
Medium long with the Sherry influence in the later stage. Some would say boring....
- Enthusiasm: Nose: 2/5 Mouth and finish: 3/5 Whisky n ° 1749
Powerful and fragrant (caramel, cooked wine ...) it is also a little brutal, even nagging.
In the mouth, relief. A balance is created between spices a little rough and austere and a certain roundness.
Satisfactory final, in the continuity of the mouth. Correct length.
- Malt, leather, seasoning -> Not so mean ...
Christmas cake, ginger, apple, spices, honey
Full, but oily and spicy, malt with honey, leather, oak, dried ginger, smoked bacon, some bitter orange
Medium to long, dry, bread, flour, seasoning, warm
- So this is beautifully smooth, deliciously spicy and fruity, a pity of that prize.
Apples, pears, honey, vanilla, slightly citrus, very delicate spices - beautiful fruity aroma
Again beautiful and fruity - apples, citruses, vanilla, delicate spices
In a smooth reverberation of fruit, woodiness, malt and how different than the delicate spices that long persist in the mouth
Warehouse of seasoned leather in the air, pleasingly deep and thick
aroma of peace. Various elements well married into the drops. Lush of
raisin and banana creaminess with light white pepper on the top half.
After breath, toffee reveals with a touch of crushed floral, lightly
fungi but in a good way.
Palate:- Weighty and juicy, creaminess carry on from aroma to the
palate. Flakes of sherry spices laid by forestry. Complex, gentle and
Finish:- Medium - long length. Light burst of ripe fruits reflux at the back. A gem.
— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
- A good solid Balblair that's definitely worth sniffing out. The mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks works well. Definitely a step up from the younger vintages... 90pts from me
- Walnut Liqueur
There have already been two releases of the vintage 1999. They were both composed of the same type of casks (bourbon and sherry), but the first release was for Travel Retail in 1 liter bottles. Strangely enough, that was bottled in 2015, while this second release (in regular 70cl bottles and available at the time for 65 to 70 EUR) was bottled in 2014. Seems impossible.
The nose is fruity and sweet, but with a twist. I get something sweet and sour that reminds me of walnut liqueur. Apples and pears, sure, but also chewing tobacco and winegums. After a few moments Seville oranges joint in, as do cherries and a single slice of smoked ham. Quite spicy. Think ginger, cinnamon en curry. A bit weird and I am at this point undecided whether I like this or not.
On the palate I first get raisins and mandarins, before a big bitterness emerges from the wood, like the white meat on a grapefruit or tea that sat too long in the glass. Pity.
The finish is long and drying on lime zest and oak.
Around 80 EUR.