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Balblair 2005

Overall rating
82.31/100
votes
67
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Vintage
2005
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Dec 2015 12:59 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 45.02

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67 × member ratings

111 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2005

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.31 points

  1. Bam scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      First, a fresh mix of lemon and vanilla rises in my nose, then come some bright fruits, apricot, pear, yellow apple and coconut. The oak retains its nose, subtle notes of marzipan and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Strong start, silky feeling. Again, vanilla and bright fruits. The oak is now noticeably kräutrig / spicy noticeable, at the same time comes this typical, sour Balblair note.
    • Finish
      Medium. Now the oak is getting stronger, dark chocolate, dark nougat. The fish citrus note is still there.

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Vanilla nose and palate, tangy tart finish. Simple and decent.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla yoghurt, honey, simple but pleasant
    • Taste
      85 85
      Light, creamy, malty, vanilla, digestive cookies, peach.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Tart, lactic, sweetness turns to drying.

  3. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Summer-Whisky
    • Nose
      82 82
      The nose is light, but time and a drop of water help to open up. Then you get fresh fruit (peach, pear, apple, ..) Also floral & herbal notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Clean barley, Honey, Citrus, Vanilla, Salt. In the beginning sweet, then sour & salty. A little bit bitter in the End.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Quite short. Some pepper and Oak wood.

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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 ...
    • Finish
      ... peppery, tart, and sour.

  7. MVDW scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. EJS scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nice, easy going dram with straightforward notes you'd expect from a bourbon matured whisky. Soft all around. 
    • Nose
      Soft nose. Malt, mild lime, vanilla, honey. Very nice. 
    • Taste
      Oily, with spice and bitterness to the fore, followed by watery honey and a mild citrus note. Nose is sweeter than the palate. 
    • Finish
      Light and soft finish with medium spice predominating. Hints of honey linger. Medium finish. 

  10. Frank B. from H. scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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