Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
21 years old
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Jul 2009 5:20 pm
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 175.00

3 × in wishlist

11 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1975 SV

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.89 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Its not the first time a Balblair has smelt like a Lowlands – Bladnoch to be precise. Lets get into that sweet farmy lemon, soft grassy-sweet sponge, apple blossom [Malt Martin], and a soft/gentle ripe-veg/fruit pong hinting at a farmy/[bacon] smokiness.
    T: Initially an edgy>coppery, citric>salty-cereal-malt arrival with a tiny farm note before hitting the ‘innocuous zone’, a zone that that later translates as malty-waxy chocolate. Even then, theres still a vagueness about its ‘middle’. Later on the arrival is more on salty-sweet stuff that melts in the mouth, water assisted. With small sips and plenty of water in the mouth I extracted quite some industrial/farmy complex with sweet liquorice & salted caramel. Blu-tac>wax capacitors into the finish.
    F: Initially a fabric-bourbon finish [make of that what you will], with a subtle complexity lurking – concluding with fairly quiet bourbon=capacitor murmurings. As time passes, chocolate-y salted caramel from the palate lingers.
    C: Not one of the 70’s greats but i think the distillery nailed those – the independents often producing non-Balblair-like Balblair. A decent lowland-style Highland malt with controlled sips earning it more marks.Scores a B[-]

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very flowery, 'green' and citric Balblair. Interesting vintage too.
    • Nose
      Malty and grainy for a start. Barley sugar. Followed by apple-mint and flowering currants. Cut-grass. Geraniums in a greenhouse. Lavender. Hints of smoked ham at the background. Not the fruity nose you expect from a Balblair.
    • Taste
      No more on the side of ascorbic citrus fruit. Kiwi, pineapple-cubes and lime. Lemon-sherbet and a little peel zest. Later on light oakiness of sandal wood. A bit resinous. Mint chocolate.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Slightly dry. Cinnamon. Liquorice. Spearmint.

  3. The Macallan scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    It was probably not the greatest, but if you get the chance to sample this rare vintage: Just go for it!
    • Nose
      Remarkable smokey nose, but behind the smoke some vanillin like sweetness and some dried fruit.
    • Taste
      Unexpectably light, some oilyness, dry peaty flavors but there's some sweet apple like fruit in the back
    • Finish
      Drying, some peat with a woody touch to it and perhaps an apple in the back?


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