- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- 1st Release
- Bourbon Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 14 Dec 2015 12:59 pm by RoyC
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2005
14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.33 points
The nose is light, but time and a drop of water and time help to develop. Then you get fresh fruit (peach, pear, apple, ..) Also floral & herbal notes.
Clean barley, Honey, Citrus, Vanilla, Salt. In the beginning sweet, then sour & salty. A little bit bitter in the End.
Quite short. Some pepper and Oak wood.
- A bit of an idiosyncratic nose that hews close to the distillate. Gets then seriously nice on the palate before fading out into a finish that betrays its age without adding any ameliorative oak influence to counteract the rawness.
Creamy vanilla, sweet and sour fruits (pineapple most prominently), powdered sugar, and a lactic/fermentary aspect - somewhere between all-natural yoghurt, cooked cabbage and mixed pickles. Without seeming too young, this one has managed to remain fairly true to the new make. Not one to nose for hours, but it comes across as pretty solid for a ten-year-old OB.
Still a bit punchy without water, and overly zesty. With water: now we're talking. Creamy, sweet vanilla custard, biscuits, cookie dough, lemon meringue pie. Juicy, rich, silky, yet fresh. Lovely stuff, substantial yet easygoing, and a perfect uncomplicated summer dram. However, it's also most fun when still on the tongue or just going down, because the finish is merely ...
... peppery, tart, and sour.
- Balblair Vintage 2005
Very soft nose, fresh and fruity, a bit of citrus and a light pepper in the background.
Very fine taste, a delicate whisky. Fresh citrus flavor followed by sweet honey notes. Little butter, vanilla and pepper in the finish. No whisky that lingers for a long time.
Very fine taste, especially for a 10 year beautiful balanced. Bought for € 40.00, I definitely want to have a bottle again.
- Nice, easy going dram with straightforward notes you'd expect from a bourbon matured whisky. Soft all around.
Soft nose. Malt, mild lime, vanilla, honey. Very nice.
Oily, with spice and bitterness to the fore, followed by watery honey and a mild citrus note. Nose is sweeter than the palate.
Light and soft finish with medium spice predominating. Hints of honey linger. Medium finish.
- N: Fatty, oily, peppery, nutty-cereal spirit - Hoegaarden like. Less grassy than past~recent vintages. Hard not to rush for a sip - maybe the nose isn't wholly engaging?
T: First a lightness before more of a fattiness. Lots of vanillas followed by a dryness and a sharpness - tempered by careful cask selection and subsequent blending i’d imagine.
F: Fruity, cereal-malt finish
C: Sure it’s good but i’m feeling and registering/hearing of a small decline in enthusiasm for the noughties vintages. They appear to be more immature of late, and this is from a spirit that can take wood very well.
Scores a C[+]
- Summer Dram
The Highland distillery Balblair stopped bottling with an age statement years ago, but now uses vintages (thus mentioning the year of distillation). This Balblair 2005 was released in December 2015 as the successor to the Balblair 2003. It is fair to assume that this is ten years old.
Light nose on wilde flowers, vanilla, white chocolate and green apples. A touch of pepper and some leather. Mandarin and lime kick in. Hint of a sea breeze.
Fresh on the palate with a prickle of the spices. Think white pepper and baking spices. Then the sweet fruit rears its head. Mostly citrus, peel included. Vanilla and toffee. The whole softens up and becomes very light.
The finish is rather short, but very fresh and summery.
A lovely summer dram, with no frills. Between 40 and 50 EUR. Thanks, Pat!