Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Teenage Shenanigans
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill barrel
Number of bottles
58.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
06 May 2015 8:38 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 86,00

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3 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2005 SMWS 70.10

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.00 points

  1. xixit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Young, yes, but quite delicious, if you like simple fruity whiskies. It's not complex, but rather delicious to drink during the winter, makes me think of spring.
    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity. White sugar. Sweet pineapple. Apples. Hint of fake strawberries. Hard candies. Hints of pancakes (crepes) and waffles with a light dusting of vanilla and powdered sugar. Some mint emerges after a few minutes. Sweet peppermint dripped on fresh wood. Given time more wood appears, but it blends quite well with the fruits.With water: flowers appear, not sure which though. Like walking through a garden in bloom.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sour, and fruity. Malty. White sugar. Hint of peppermint. Mixed bowl of fruits, bananas, apples, pineapple, a grape or two.With water: sharpens it up a bit, and makes it warmer. The pancakes show up, with some vanilla ice cream.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Drying.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Hard Work’
    N: Sugary thick with an array of ice creams: Strawberry splits, Feast bars, Cornettos,… alongside cocao nibs, fresh coconut with the brown outer layer, strong grasses including hay, Nesquik milk powder - vanilla flavoured with a touch of butterscotch, more nibs and strawberry>raspberry Whambars. A gritty, dirty edge oversees the whole nose 
    T: Fruity, potent but well behaved arrival [it is Balblair after all]. There is however fairly astringent spirit here even with a good glug of water, with a waxy, grassy and very green, full on bitter development. Add lots of water for improvements that include more aniseed, sweeter vanillas, more wood activity and reduced bitters. Theres a not so nice dark, gravy granule development into the finish.
    F: Short finish of liquorice, splintered oak, vanilla & strawberry ice-cream although those bitter feints endure. Adding water may have improved the palate but it makes the finish even more unpalatable.
    C: Tastes way too young with a troubled cask or was it a less than desirable distillate? Either way, it made this dram very hard work indeed. Very disappointing.

    Scores a C[-]

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Weathered winter thatch

    Flavour: Young & Spritely

    The nose conjured up a youthful romp in a hay barn: sweet peach perfume tangled with sticky homemade strawberry wine. Tropical fruits lip balm of mango and pineapple stole passionate kisses on perspiring cheeks. The aromas of early summer wafted through the dusky evening air: green twigs, gorse flower (coconut), cow parsley and lavender. A crumpled paper bag of sweets with dusty aniseed balls, parma violets, banana foams and Refreshers. Anais Anais and Vosene shampoo intertwined with scrumpy muffled promises never kept. Our rumpled scalliwags stole puffs from herbal cigarettes and tumbled their way home to separate beds.

    Drinking Tip: Pre disco dancing


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