- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
- Bottling serie
- The Cross Hill
- Stated Age
- 07 years old
- Number of bottles
- 60.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 18 Feb 2009 5:45 pm
3 × in wishlist
16 × member ratings
17 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Old Ballantruan 2001 JW
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.42 points
- If you thought only Islay (and perhaps Ledaig on Mull) could pull off heavily peated malts, think again. This one - though young - is a treat and likewise a challenge to your palate. Very well done for what it is supposed to be. Don't look for sophistication, look for a challenger for cask strength Caol Ila instead.
Spirity, sweet, peat, rubbery, dirty, dusty, lemony
Peat smoke, fruity (kiwis, lemons), ashy
Medium long, smoky, bitter
- What a steam hammer. The esophagus shakes ;-)
- I was very keen about this peated Tomintoul and the price is very fair. I mean its "only" a 7 year old, but cask strength. Very lovely bottle design even without a tube!
The Whisky is very clear. "Pale straw" some might say. Like these fantastic young Ledaigs you get some times.
The nose is great for such a young whisky. There are still some hints of new spirit in the nose ... i mean these sweet notes, but very lovely. Some fresh fruits and maltiness. Nice smoke!
A drop on the skin and you smell the pure peat (always a good test to asume the amont of peat ;-).
The first taste is raw smoke. Wow! Didn´t expect this! No more sweetness, but only very dry smoke and peat. The alcohol is very strong, but its still injoyable. Not for the faint hearted! With water he gets a lot easier. Still very very smoky, but the sweetness returns shortly and its getting easier to enjoy. It opens up a lot. He can take really some water.
The finish is veeery long and absolutely dry.
This is the "smokiest" whisky i tasted so far and i must admit, i am a fan of Islay and peated Whisky in general. Not for the faint hearted, but for fans of peaty, smoky Whiskies a real bargain.