Balblair 2005

Overall rating
82.16/100
votes
98
Whiskybase ID
WB85043
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
1st Release
Vintage
2005
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010509880596
Added on
26 jul 2016 4:33 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 336.53

7 × in wishlist

98 × member ratings

279 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balblair 2005

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.16 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    good bourbon aged malt. quite complex. very good PLV
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Young, not yet matured, whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Virtuosity, linden, apple petals, green and yellow apples, and only after a while warm notes of vanilla and muffins come out.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, sour taste. This is either a green apple or an unripe cherry plum. A bit of muffin at the end.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet and sour, alcoholic and short-lived.

  4. Coldorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This was a perfect entry to the previous core range, right before they dropped vintages and went instead to age statements. And finishes like almost any other distillery. The rise to 46% was a great decision, helping with the body and enhancing the flavours. Tons of flavours, delicious nose, very fruity palate, I really regret not having a backup of this one. I miss this bottle (though I’ve kept it, empty, with its beautiful two-doors blue box, for sentimental value). The vintages, to be honest. I need to find myself another one.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Alcohol is stronger here, you can feel the 3 extra percent as it’s now 46% abv. The nose is doughy and fruity and grassy, floral too, with a bit of nail polish remover. Great nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Aaah I missed this one so much. I’ve always loved it and was gutted when the bottle was killed… but it was for a good cause since it was killed filling samples for this tasting! Citrus, apple purée, poached pears, caramel and vanilla, some wood too but not too much.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, on oatmeal, citrus, wood spices and caramel.

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    malt, pastry sweetness with honey and caramel, a little hot bread, a little spice
    The palate is pleasant with fresh fruit on pressed apples and pears and a little cooked, still caramel and toffee, a little leather too! The creamy sensation lasts.
    The finish is simple, but long enough with this feeling of softness, which gives tranquility to the bottom of the palace.

  7. ErrHaBe scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A light but quite substantial whisky from the Bourbon barrel, m. E. a beautiful representative of its genus. Rather an aperitif whisky. With about 12 years and from about 40 € to get, he has an excellent price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The first nose reveals a slight solvent (varnish) and some alcohol. A rather light whisky that turns out to be quite rich in the course of the tasting.
      On the nose dominate cereal notes and vanilla milk, in addition to light, unripe fruit (light plum, kiwi) and some lemon, as well as fresh wood and grassy aromas. Add a touch of green asparagus. After a while, the wood becomes more aromatic and darker, the aromas become more intense. Water, on the other hand, does not help much, but at the end it shows light wood ash or a very subtle smoky note.
    • Taste
      84 84
      He is cute, but in a very pleasant way. A nice, oily and velvety mouthfeel spreads, the taste is reminiscent of vanilla milk-dressed porridge with a few harder, not yet quite ripe fruits. In addition freshly beaten wood, which mutates later to older bark.
      After some life, the vanilla milk is reduced, in addition to a little cocoa powder, but really just a touch and without any bitterness.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Velvety, medium to long and warm, the sweetness dominates, plus cereals (oatmeal) and a light citrus fruit.

  8. Rien scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Tim-R scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This was an interesting one. The higher ABV definitely helped flavour delivery, but most interestingly was this musty note I picked up which I usually find in young Glenfarclases and was very surprised when I found out that this bottle has no sherry maturation as it is quite meaty. Really good stuff for the age and price.

    Reviewed in my blog:

    iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/11/18/ancnoc-and-balblair-tasting/
    • Nose
      Honey. Red fruits. Toffee. Red licorice. Calvados. Sour beer. Butterscotch.
    • Taste
      Wet leaves. Musty. Slight sherry. Salty toffee.
    • Finish
      Bitter. Salt. Red apples. Cider. Yeasty.

  11. Islaywolf scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  12. LordIslay scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  13. Cubey666 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF2017 - August 2017
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  14. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, interesting and very changeable - I have rewritten the notes several times during the tasting and I'm still not sure. Nice whisky for 40 € and again proof that Bourbon keg does not have to be boring.
    • Nose
      very creamy and sweet (white chocolate, crème brûlée, waffle-iron waffles), some cinnamon, then pear compote ... with time it gets a little fresher, greener - grass, green apple, a splash of lemon
    • Taste
      intense bittersweet chocolate with some bitter citrus aroma, a bit woody and can not really decide - creamy or spicy, somehow both, from sip to sip ... also tolerates some water, without watering down, then milk chocolate, less bitter, but more White pepper
    • Finish
      rather long with cocoa and white pepper

  16. Mascht scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Grain, fresh fruits, intense, some truffles
    • Taste
      creamy, spicy, some oak
    • Finish
      medium

  17. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillery Tasting Notes

    Aroma: Full of the classic scents of fresh green apples, ground spices and honey. Notes of oak-vanilla, leather and orange with hints of fresh cut flowers and smoke.

    Taste: Balblair's signature style of citrus orchards is replaced by the intense sweetness of toffee and vanilla.

    Finish: Rounded off by a wonderfully spicy, long finish.

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