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Balblair 1969

Overall rating
89.75/100
votes
14
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Highland Selection - Limited Edition
Vintage
1969
Bottled
2000
Stated Age
31 years old
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509421027
Added on
30 May 2009 11:22 am

Average value

€ 1841,01

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14 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1969

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.75 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] I had this dram during the charity tasting at Limburg whisky fair.

    And it is as good as I remember it from a bottle I emptied 15 years ago. It owns a Traditional Scotch Highland profile that is hard to find these days among the modern "designed" whiskies - I prefer these old subtle and complex styles clearly over the rather simple "spiked" drams most distilleries produce today.

    [October, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and it seems to me much more fruitier than it was with the small serving at the charity tasting. I score the nose 91 points tonight what improves the total score to 91 as well (but I leave the detailed ratings as they were with the first tasting).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate old Highland style profile with different honeys and waxes, barley sugars, fruits, spring floral aromas and some earthy notes (pine forest floor). All subtle and complex and it develops greatly upon breathing - so take your time. Later delicious spices and shy herbal aromas join in.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is layered on sweet sugars and honeys first followed by rather bitter spices and wooden notes (tannins) that never get dominant. After that a tasty marzipan-caramel flavour develops before some oils and waxes provide a new impression. No flaw or off-note that I can find. Water releases additional chalky aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother with more sweeter notes (marzipan). I like this dram both neat and a little reduced to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds a delicious milk chocolatey flavour that I like. There is a minor drying moment towards the end (cardboards) that is not distracting.

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Body; Cedary, rather woody.
    • Nose
      Grassy. Sun-dried grass. Dusty.Restrained cedar.
    • Taste
      Dry. Some  spiciness.
    • Finish
      Stern.Unyielding. Dry,but not astringent .

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2004]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 124 Euro in August, 2003. 

    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 90.  My notes state a nice chocolate driven profile with some marzipan flavours and heavy (but bearable) wooden notes.  The finish is long.  Some drops of water improve it.

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