Balblair 2000

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
27 Sep 2014 1:49 pm by Norbs
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 448,12

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97 × member ratings

127 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2000

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.30 points

  1. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior


    Chicken broth, bone marrow. Cooked figs, plum sauce, raisins, maple syrup, PX sherry, wet tobacco. Oak and roasted coffeebeans. With time, slightly bourbony.


    Sweet cream sherry, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, chocolate chips, plumjam, salty chicken broth, soysauce. Chewing on a european oak stave. Astringent coffeebeans and amaretto. Mouthcoating, thick and rich.


    This is also a winner. Goes to show that not all dark sherry bottlings taste the same. An oak and sherry monster of the highest order. On or two more years in cask, and you would have had pure oak juice. /91


  2. DenisL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I did not have enough sweets, but this has its charm. (21) An interesting mole, extremely sherry, invigorating.88
    • Nose
      The fragrance knocks ... nuts, leather, grapes ... dried mushroom ... huge, dark plum ... chocolate chips (23)
    • Taste
      A lot of oak and spices ... cappuccino ... liquor ... (22)
    • Finish
      Finish dry and spicy, oak and chocolate ... coffee cream ... leather and salt ... (22)

  3. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really complex sherry monster from Balblair.
    • Nose
      Massive sherry, plum, coffee, cherry, raisin, fig, oak and leather
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy, creamy: sherry, prune, raisin, date, cherriy, spices and oak
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and sweet

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good but you have to like heavy sherry.
    • Nose
      Massive sherry , treacle, plum sauce, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and dark soy sauce.
    • Taste
      Wow that is really spicy, dark treacle, prunes, dates and plump dark raisins. It is very creamy and there is some bitterness in there, this is a full fat whisky
    • Finish
      Warming and spicy with good length

  7. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very lush and bold sherry cask matured Balblair! An enticing expression
    of a real sherry bomb. Quite an intense, complex dram, packed full of
    sherry flavour. A rich and deep character with a gorgeous nose and a
    more powerful palate. Multi-layered and well-balanced with loads of
    molasses, dark fruits and nutty flavours. A grown-up whisky which I
    prefer to enjoy neat, with plenty of time in front of a cozy fireplace.

    • Nose
      Oh yes, that's heavy stuff! Lots of sherry! Bold, rich and intense
      oloroso sherry backbone with maraschino cherries, prunes, dates, figs,
      and raisins. Sweet with molasses, liquorice, and a bitter touch of soy
      sauce, pleasantly mixed with dark chocolate, coffee, orange zest and
      lovely spicy cinnamon, oak and nutmeg. Damp and earthy notes develop
      with tender leather, burnt matches and a whiff of sulphur in the back.
      Really a very big nose!
    • Taste
      What the nose promises the palate delivers. Rich, intense and strong
      with a massive load of sherry, treacle, dark ripe fruits, cherries,
      raisins, prunes and thick molasses. This is complemented by a warming
      spiciness of oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, and subtle cloves. Chocolate coated
      coffee beans and delicate walnuts nicely linger with tobacco, earthy
      notes and subtle flavours of flintstone and rubber towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, sweet with prunes and liquorice, and pleasantly
      warm with plenty of nutty flavours, nicely mixed with dark chocolate,
      coffee beans, raisins, cinnamon and a wee herbal touch of mint on the

      WITH WATER: Despite the heavy sherry load, there's more
      fruitiness coming through with a splash of water, especially cherries!
      The damp and earthy notes are almost vanished. The sweetness is
      increasing on the palate and the fruitiness becomes slightly vibrant
      with the addition of citric flavours. Lots of cherries and less nutty
      notes in the back. The finish is still long with significantly less
      fruit and more focus on the chocolate and expresso notes with a bitter
      and dry end.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Went for a whopping £260 at whiskyauctioneer [Mar ’16]

  9. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Water brings more nuts to the flavor and finish, almonds in particular. I find this one as complex as the 23 years old 1990 version. This one is just as good as any single cask Glendronach (with a few exceptions from 1993 which are just world class).

    Rating interval 90-94
    • Nose
      On the nose: WOW! Really heavy sweet and sour sherry notes, dried dates, prunes and juicy raisins. Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate and leather, brown sugar, tobacco, a cup of hot espresso, cashew or brazil nuts, over ripe banana and fire crackers.
    • Taste
      On the palate: A very sweet and spicy arrival, intense and warm with a hint of table salt at the front of the tongue. After a while the sherry sourness intensifies, molasses appear and bitter over-brewed tea again which goes into the finish.
    • Finish
      Plenty with chocolate and raisin on the finish, coffee again together with the sweet and sour sherry. 

  10. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    TWEblog wrote:

    Nose: Rich and heavy ginger cake, studded with burnt raisins and maraschino cherries, and covered in bitter-sweet dark chocolate. Dry oloroso sherry, the kind they love in Spain, provides a heavy, vinous backbone, with cherry-jam-slathered black bread, rich earth, liquorice and dark sugars – demarara and molasses. Damp and charred notes develop, with flamed orange zest, charred oak and driftwood bonfires, doused by a rainstorm. Water brings out chocolate-fudge-brownie sweetness, sweet leather and brown toast. The fruit is subdued, but the raisins are less burnt and the cherries sweeter.Palate: Intense treacle toffee, baked apple and bitter coffee. Cinnamon bark is joined by freshly sawn oak, driftwood and clove, leading to a drier palate than the sweet nose suggests. There is still sweetness, with plump raisins and touches of brown sugar joined by fruity dark chocolate and cinnamon sugar. Water adds more sweetness, but also sharpens the wood, bringing more oak, with sweet butter, nutmeg and bitter-but-balanced barrel char.Finish: Lingering char notes, with liquorice pastilles, plump raisins, cinnamon sugar and bitter dark chocolate. Hints of Murray Mints develop as you consider your next sip.Comment: The biggest and boldest sherry cask matured Balblair I’ve ever tasted. Rich and dark with controlled sweetness – a grown-up whisky. Drams like this make me lament the small amount of sherried Balblair available.https://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2014/09/balblair-2000-1343-twe-exclusive/


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