Balvenie 2002 Peat Week

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
14 years old
American Oak
Number of bottles
48.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6B69502006 & L6B69502106
Added on
25 Jun 2017 2:20 pm by RoyalScotsman

Average value

€ 88.05

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242 × member ratings

780 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 2002 Peat Week

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.73 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I like it very much! He is well balanced and combines the typical Balvenie character in a convincing way with the smoke. Also: Bang for the buck!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately after pouring he is first extremely closed, he needs air! Yes, this is better. The first breath after aeration is filled with intense muff, followed immediately by an interesting potpourri of well integrated flavors. The peat is the Balvenie very good, present without dominating. Among them are vanilla and yellow fruits, mainly pears. Overall, the flavors are still fragile, this malt is an elegant Leisetreter in the nose. Heat intensifies the smoke and the acid, disinfectant.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very strong and sweet on the cake with a good portion of white pepper. The smoke is well integrated here too. Dark honey with block malt, clearly drying off towards the back, nice tart notes. Everything beautifully interwoven, pleasant to drink. In the second sip, I now find clear fruitiness with a very suitable acidity. A slight tingle on the tongue is noticeable.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium length with emphasis on the tart notes. Ash is still on the tongue for a while. In the second sip, the acidity with the tannins also plays here.

  2. spagr scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, lightly smoky, mild.
    Nice whisky

  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Some good drinks are not suitable for experiments with smoke.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet smell, smoke, a little damp. Tones of apple and dried apricot, a little plum.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is sweet, watery, smoky.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The same aftertaste.

  4. dramark scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice drinking whisky, a typical "smoky" Balvenie, actually fits every occasion, both in winter in front of the fireplace and in summer by the lake.
    • Nose
      87 87
      mild smoke, nice fruity notes of light fruits like pear, apple and peach, vanilla and honey
    • Taste
      89 89
      pleasantly sweet, fresh wood, the fruits again, vanilla, honey, toffee, smoke noticeable, a bit of spices such as anise, pepper, candied ginger, green tea
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke easily noticeable again, medium length, not as complex as in the nose and mouth, a bit bitter

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Delicate hay-like smoke with some earthiness, caramel, creamy
    • Taste
      86 86
      Honey, caramel, creamy, fruity (pear?)
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, earth smoke aftertaste, sourness

  7. pecathor scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    I do have to say I'm not a big fan of this bottle. It's surprisingly "harsh" for just 48.3%, there is something in the taste which makes it not very pleasant to drink, it kind of burns your tongue. I already have the bottle open for a couple of months now and it still didn't get better, but will try to keep it longer and will see what happens
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
      it's burning, it's bothering
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    Smoke more intensely only during the first few shots. Then the smoke subsides. Overall very pleasant to drink. Smoke does not dominate, but only very pleasantly complements the character of Balvenie. A successful, relatively complex affair and an interesting counterpoint to the classic Balvenie without a significant influence of peat. I definitely recommend giving her a chance.
    • Nose
      Intense vanilla sugar (American oak is known), a hint of smoke (intense only after opening the bottle, then gradually fades), candied ginger, dried pears, caramel cream. But also smoked meat, (wet) wood sawdust, bandage or plastic.

      After adding water: Very strong licorice.
    • Taste
      Sweetness and bitterness at the same time. Forest honey, licorice, marzipan, lemon peel, mint, pepper, candied ginger. Vanilla milk. Gradually even a little sour. Kiwi, gooseberry, white currant. Ash.

      After adding water: More rounded. Tea pastries, vanilla rolls, vanilla sugar, leavened dough, baking powder. Grapefruit peel.
    • Finish
      Bitter. Licorice, sour milk, whey, cocoa beans, coconut oil, candied fruit.

      After adding water: Drier, more woody. Cinnamon, cloves, menthol, white grapefruit. A hint of salinity. Marzipan.

  9. Vince scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I know Balvenie have their own floor maltings, but have difficulty somehow finding a dram that really provides some charisma with this peat added.

  10. saxionwhiskypro scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Beautiful bold performance of the Balvenie, a celebration every year to taste at the whisky festival!


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