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Overall rating
81.33/100
votes
61
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010509800686
Added on
04 May 2015 7:02 pm by Angelos
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48,88

6 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

102 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2003

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.33 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Administrator

    The concept of vintage bottlings with a craft presentation is a prominent feature of Balblair. Distilled in 2003 and matured in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years, the aroma of this young Single Malt accentuates crisp apples, salted caramel and blossom honey. Tastewise, expect a roller coaster ride of zesty, sour and at times unpleasantly dry flavors. Is it possible to distill lemons? Bitter oakiness, thyme and hints of sweet ginger accompany the short finish. Malt beginners beware! This Highland whisky is demanding and most likely not to everybody's taste.

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  I donated the bottle to a party that I bought for curiosity and 38 Euro in June, 2015. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 80.  My notes state "to have it or not makes no difference."  Drinkable but unimpressive...

  3. topos did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    first edition. a solid summer opener that was great value at £39 and underrated here. nice balance of sweet and dryness.
    • Nose
      light fresh fruit, pineapple, peach, slightly syrupy. delicate bourbon wood influence.
    • Taste
      the finest chocolate limes! yes, it's sweet and sour, and bitter-sweet. slightly menthol, fresh fruit from the nose (+ citrus), a little banana, a little barley and a touch of vanilla.
    • Finish
      medium

  4. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Light, fresh, fruity, citrus, vanilla, with ever-present bitterness at the end (even after adding water). Neither he offends nor impresses. (Evaluated based on sample.)

  5. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    89 points from Ralfy https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qKBXo2vEGs4

  6. domani scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A light, soft whisky; Exotic touch with subtle spice without overlaying; should be suitable for balmy summer evenings - 18.11.2017
    • Nose
      Exotic fruits, pineapple, Galia melon, white box, vermouth, tonic, mint, lemon rind
    • Taste
      Mild and soft, slightly sweet, mint, a dash of black pepper, elegant spice, sweet honey comes to the end
    • Finish
      Short

  7. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  8. Whisky-Tester scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  9. hans1971 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Cubey666 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    tasted during a Balblair Masterclass, november 2015
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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