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Overall rating
90.58/100
votes
41
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
33 years old
Strength
45.4 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010509420143
Added on
15 Jun 2015 10:00 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 825.02

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41 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 33-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2007]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 222 that I bought for 165 Euro in January, 2007. 

    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 92,5.  My notes state a "damned" complex profile of fruity, nutty, spicy and wooden flavours.  There are some hints of peat too.  A dram to sniff and taste for hours... 

    I had my first dram of this magnificent bottling upon recommendation at a highland bar in Brora by the end of 2001.  After that I struggled hard to buy one of these rather expensive bottlings until I found one at a reasonable price at an online-auction in 2007.  Sometimes patience is rewarded...

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tough and dense, condensed lightning, not too diverse in derivatives, but the fact that it looks very dignified, age and respectability in each drop, depth and thoroughness, excellent
    • Nose
      Open, moist, noble wood, mold, pickled cucumbers, stain, leaves, rosin, dark beer.
    • Taste
      Dense, oily, oak, varnish, dried fruits, prunes, burnt biscuits, dried mushrooms, cola, pencils Koh-i-Nor.
    • Finish
      Soft, viscous, caramel, crackers, leavened notes, prunes, raisins, sour dried apricots, varnish, cola.

  3. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Body: Firm, smooth .
    • Nose
      Peaty, earthy ,almost pungent.
    • Taste
      Oily, Seed cake. Banana cake. Spicy.
    • Finish
      Big. Spicy. Lemon grass. Fragrant peat. Long.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very very good old balblair, not as complex as the 38 year, that has a greater depth of complexity but certainly not too far behind it. Very hard to get hold of these now.
    • Nose
      Sherried fruitiness, rasperry, blackcurrent, toffee, fudge, polish and a little menthol.
    • Taste
      very syrupy, just excellent, something creamy- creme brulee, a little rasperry but then I detect orange in the aftertaste which is classic old Balblair.
    • Finish
      medium length.

  6. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Impressive old Balblair with typical fruity and floral notes.
    • Nose
      Vanilla and toasted oak. Honey as well. Bourbon style. Tropical fruitiness. Some flowery notes of heather. Also mint,
    • Taste
      Del Monte canned bananas. Pineapples and pear drops. Some orange marmelade. Waxy and buttery. Polished oak.
    • Finish
      The fruity sweetness remains quite long. Slightly peppery. Cinnamom. Well balanced.

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: fruity - peach and melon, mint, creamy and aniseed
    T: wood, fruity, nuts, white pepper, drying, dusty and citrus - lime
    F: spices, drying and citrus
    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl

  8. aby scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    nose: starts with bourbon notes (vanilla, toffee) wood and a slight hint of smoke, needs a lot of time to open up but then delivers ripe ananas and mangos with spices

    taste: nice complex palate with fine woody notes, malt, chocolate, coffee, spicy and fruity

    finish: long and balanced

    overall: a great Balblair and my best till now  91p.

    samples available on: whiskysample.nl

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