Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Neat heat, turning mellow and sweet
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2016 11:11 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 54.41

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 2006 SMWS 70.13

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.00 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    'A budding Balblair'
    N: I finally made it to a SMWS outturn tasting. It's a loud occasion, both floors of the London venue packed out, peoples patter to a near roar at times, an interesting smell - mainly of a beer brewery and a cheese shop, and it's warm, very warm even after a Bikram yoga session its warm. So all in all, interesting if not ideal conditions for smelling and tasting the fine liquid gold. I'm just going to enjoy it all. Let's start with my favourite distillery. I've found recent releases of Balblair from SMWS not that indicative of the distillery profile as seen in the official bottlings, and this seems no different. A natural one for sure, young yes we know this. Young sugar barley water in the main, with a polished lamination. The peaches, apples and pear drops are yet to bloom but the buds are appearing. Let's sip.
    T: It's most 'Balblair like' on the initial arrival, but it's brief and slight. Green and golden barley stretches out like the barley fields of childhood in summer. It's a strong sour-savoury-sweet arrival, developing even greener. There's a strong, permeating, astringent barley rush, with water or without. A very clean and true spirit with a flat-wicket performance - a good batting pitch without cracks or surprises. Time softens things.
    F: Slightly waxy, again the quality of the spirit is in no doubt. Becomes rather savoury-sour.
    C: Good quality spirit and seemingly cooperative cask - but there's not much of a dialog going on here. Rather basic but a fine initial delivery.

    Scores a C- [80]

  2. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Orion’s belt buckle
    Flavour profile: Young & spritely

    The nose had various elements – pencil shavings, Weetabix
    and hay, toffee bonbon and honey sweetness, Murray Mints and Pandrops plus
    subtle hints of Imperial Leather soap. The minty heat came through on the
    palate – aniseed, chilli, white pepper and Extra Strong Mints – we also got a
    lot of biscuity sweetness (Hobnobs, Digestives) and some exotic fruits. The
    reduced nose suggested a variety of unconnected things – plastic poolside
    furniture, citrus, raisins and tomato ketchup crisps. The palate had mellowed
    somewhat, replacing lively heat with moreish drinkability – now combining
    sweet, mild spices with tangy citrus, Atholl brose (honey, oats) and a
    chocolate fountain.

    Drinking tip:  A Sound
    of Music dram – mountain air, log cabins etc.


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