Balblair 1999

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
1st Fill Sherry Cask
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Added on
26 Sep 2016 11:19 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 243.59

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1999

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.76 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This TWE 1999 Balblair is the very definition of a sherry bomb. If that’s up your alley then this offers a particularly tasty full-impact oloroso-fest. However, this whisky is almost entirely cask-led – the underlying Balblair spirit character has been beaten to a pulp by the sherry cask. The resulting liquid might therefore seems a touch strange to you if your experience of Balblair has focussed more on the traditional ex-bourbon house style of the distillery. There’s not a great deal of nuance here, but if you’re looking to open up the oloroso bomb bay doors, walk this way.

    • Nose
      Dripping with oloroso right from the get-go. All the expected deep sherry aromas present themselves richly – dates, figs, raisins, sultanas, chocolate and sticky toffee pudding (a proper one). There’s some aroma gradation here, especially after a period of resting – juicy oranges, toffee apples and polished leather. Nuttiness is high on the menu also – walnuts and almonds – and with the sweetness levels as high as they are, the almonds present rather akin to marzipan. Spicing is perceptible, but on the low down compared to the sherry aromas which grip this whisky like a vice – a touch of cinnamon at most. The addition of a little water heightens the nutty elements and adds a dash of balsamic vinegar.
    • Taste
      Viscous, very full, and with an arrival that lets you know that Mr sherry is very much in charge here. Red fruits and berries now – raspberries and redcurrants – both heavily reduced down to syrups and jams. An assortment of dried fruits, fresher oranges, dark chocolate and leather translate across from the nose well. Nuttiness is reduced here, but balsamic takes more of a leading role offering some tartness that sits alongside a bigger cask influence – cinnamon and pepper and a slight touch of char. The spicing is quite welcome as the sherry influence here is almost cavernous, and as such rather saccharine – tingling spice adding just enough bitterness to bring some semblance of balance. A few drops of water lessens the sugar-rush, but also diminishes the spice too – the result is more perceptible woodiness.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and still with all of the sherry – chocolate, raisins and spiced fruits – liquid Christmas cake.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Similar lineage to the Glenfarclas but showing a touch more maturity on tobacco with sweet/dry picked onions. 
    T: A soft yet thick-ish sherry bomb.
    F: Bit of a sherry shit at the end.
    C: The first-fill sherry trumps the distillate which is never good for balance. I found this to the case on my first visit, but I was far less tolerant to the sherry today.

    Scores a C+

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little stingy. But it is well done.
    Enthusiasm 3/5
    Whisky n ° 1516
    • Nose
      Leather. Sherry content. With water, more winey, more malt. A little more relief? No, it falls like a bellows.
    • Taste
      Sherry juicy enough, but dry enough (not honeyed). With water, we have a little honey anyway. Well-managed spices (pepper)
    • Finish
      Smooth and a little sulfur.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: The big oloroso cask holds the cards, bringing with it oriental char notes, greengage and figs that creep out from the embers.
    T: Carries on similar lines with a huge [51.9%] vibrancy that brings forth the deep, oily-tincture notes.
    F: Sharpish oloroso finish. The oloroso finishes things off in the same manner as it started.
    C: It's very cask led but it works.

    Scores a B

  5. wbarchive_618617 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A bit spicy in the nose, otherwise a very clean, dry sherry whisky. No sulfur or other false tones. Restrained wood notes that fit well. However, quite one-dimensional, no complexity.


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