Balvenie 2002 Peat Week

Overall rating
85.65/100
votes
256
Whiskybase ID
WB97790
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2002
Bottled
06.2017
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
American Oak
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6B69502006 & L6B69502106
Barcode
5010327525945
Added on
25 jun 2017 2:20 pm by RoyalScotsman
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 104.28

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256 × member ratings

807 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balvenie 2002 Peat Week

43 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.65 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.

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  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    ...I was skeptical, but this one pleasantly surprised me.
    An unusual but really very successful Balvenie!
    • Nose
      85 85
      mild, sweet (honey), vanilla, yellow fruits, light spice, delicate smoke;
    • Taste
      86 86
      powerful sweet creamy attack, aromatic smoke, honey, malt candy, cough syrup, herbs, peppery, woody;
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length quite sweet finish, herbs, little smoke;

  4. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    From the nose I would have located it to Islay, more precisely to Kilchoman (but less cute): a smoldering and smoking piece of wood, like a campfire, very soft. In addition, some honey and a diffuse fruity note (light grapes?). Behind it every now and then a touch of vanilla and an association with hay.

    Woody and spicy in the mouth with a bit of ash, unfortunately relatively thin.

    The finish is surprisingly mild and watery with predominantly ash and wood with minimal undifferentiated sweetness and fruit in the background. Over time, the impression changes in the direction of dark chocolate.
    Length: 5/10

    The nose was still very promising, but after that it looks too thin and replaceable (reminds me a bit of the Ileach). But if the Islay malts are too distinctive and "in the face", this could be better served.

    Grade: 2

  5. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  6. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. spagr scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, lightly smoky, mild.
    Nice whisky

  8. vlad78 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. 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

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  12. pecathor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    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

  13. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink 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.

  14. 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.

  15. saxionwhiskypro scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  16. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Dr.Ago scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Super...

  18. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a mildly peated Balvenie. I'm not a peat head, but I can handle this quite good.
    This whisky itself is not overly complex but easy drinking.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Soft coal smoke, not clearly very peaty. It isn't like the Islay counterparts. There is quite some bourbon influence in here too.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Subtle hint of smoke, which builds up in time. Quite sweet and hints of vanilla and crème fraîche.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. Some peatyness here. A tad bitter but overall sweet and vanilla notes.

  19. mitcheltjes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Balvenie and peat, a strange combination but one that works really really well. Makes me want to try other peated speysides
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose starts off being dominated by the peat. With some time the earthy/bonfire peat starts to fade and the classic Balvenie bourbon notes come to the front. The combination of the two is rather pleasant.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Vanilla, cream, fruits and smoke. Small hints of spices change into a peppery note and combine really well with the sweet and smoke notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruity,spicy, smoky but also fresh, oddly enough. The finish isn't days long but it lasts long enough to invite you to the next sip

  20. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  22. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Colour:
      Bright, shiny gold

      Nose:
      Ui ... a full nose. Immediately cooked fruit. And a delicate, let's say ... wet smoky note. Honey melon, juicy apples and apricots come first for me. A really nice, juicy nose! Caramel comes forward and brings neat vanilla. Milk chocolate, spice cake and light almond flavors. Cake spices are getting better and better. Cinnamon and orange stand out.
    • Taste
      Creamy, spicy start. Toasted cereals and salty peanuts. The fruity, something is lost in the taste. Spices are in the foreground here. Which is not unpleasant now. The second sip of the vanilla and the delicate caramel is better. Pastries, as is the coffee. Druff with these salt grains above. More honey and apricot jelly. A certain woody bitterness pushes on.
    • Finish
      Medium. Bitterness, but nevertheless honey-like. A ripe, bright fruit sweetness remains at the end.

  23. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Something else. A well-done, well-balanced malt. Earthy, fruity, spicy with sweet accents and really unique smoke, which is very well integrated. The finish is long, fruity, smoky, pleasantly spicy, intense.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 688: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82l-ZUaNTMQ (87/100).

    "The peatiness is not sitting in the surface of the malt anymore. As soon as you add water the peatiness almost goes into the liquor and becomes more homogenised, more diffused into the other flavours. And that's when you really notice what a skillful balancing act this is in that the producers have not allowed the peat to completely dominate and call all the shots here."

  25. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Interesting, tasty, unexpected (85)
    Go
    • Nose
      Soft, candy smoke and fruit, grass, honey caramel ... vanilla ... sour apples ... raw dough and malt and lemon on a fresh newspaper ... a hint of prunes? (21.5)
      Go
    • Taste
      Fruit smoke, salt? and cardboard (21,5)
      Go
    • Finish
      Spicy finish, honey on a dry wooden board, vegetable bitterness (21)
      Go

  26. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    If they wanted to make a different take on a peated whisky, then I think they have succeeded! I found this original, complex and above all, I really enjoyed this. Examplary for other Speyside distilleries who are thinking about going onto the smoky side. One of the pleasant relevelations of my tasting sessions in this year.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh fruits and fragrant scents in the initial scents with lots of apples (flambeed with calvados) and smoked pears. The peat is restricted, but well integrated in the spirit. Not so much a bonfire on the beach on a windy day, more a cosy fireplace indoors. The fruity peat is complemented by vanilla cream pudding, confectioner’s cream, the blackened hard crust of a freshly baked bread. Then it takes a backwards turn towards a car repair shop. We have motor oily, ironwork sparks, graphite, maybe even old tyres and car interiors. In between are lovely scents of butterscotch cookies. Sounds pretty weird, but the interplay between the fruits, pastries, the hearth, and all kinds of things from the garage is utterly pleasing. We also have hints of smoked pineapple, a few distant herbs, butter, and a hint of smoked ham. A quite complex nose, which even becomes slightly mouldy (in a good way).
    • Taste
      87 87
      Just as the nose, the palate opens into the orchard with freshly picked apples and pears and very pleasant peat smoke. A mouth full of distant bonfire smoke, slightly ashy, before we enter the garage. Iron dust, wet wood, car parts, motor oil, brake fluid, hint new rubber tyres, and new car seats. In particular the metallic notes remind me in the distance of Ben Nevis. The balance is beautiful, while the complexity is enhanced with fragrant flowers like roses and violets, and orange peel. It does feel like an sunny autumn saturday sitting in the garage, which looks out over the orchard, enjoying the fruits of an afternoon of picking aples and pears, with a fresh cup of orange-flower-flavoured tea on the side.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is quite long with more bonfires, even some coals, oranges and iron.

  27. MaltMusketeers did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A very balanced dram, smooth and not overly peated. With only around 3,000 bottles available and at a decent price point, we highly recommended it.

    https://maltmusketeers.com/brand/balvenie/14-year-old-peat-week#tasting
    • Nose
      Fair amount of earthiness initially, nice balance of oak wood and sweetened tobacco notes, floral with overtones of vanilla and lemon zest.
    • Taste
      Earthy again – shinning through, sweet peated smoke with a slight bitter black tea note, subdued spices, cloves, quite drying with a hints of honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium/long finish with a slight bitter end – 85% cocoa dark chocolate, quite fruity with a peppery sizzle on the tongue.

  28. Drochaid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose:
    Fine sweet peat smoke, floral notes, honey aromas and butterscotch. Palate:
    Fine peat smoke, oaky oak notes, citrus and honey.

    echo:
    Long-lasting, creamy vanilla and fine smoky notes.

  29. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "This has that typical Balvenie-vanilla note, the smoke harmonizes with it, but unfortunately a bit pungent on the nose. In the taste a little too stormy. Lots of oak and lots of alcohol. In the finish rather out of round. Although no youth, but somehow not well done. With water, the stinging is gone and the malt is much better "

  30. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Self-willed, especially the chamomile is somehow exciting, but unfortunately has the nose and the mouth a bit musty that I do not like it.
    • Nose
      only subtle smoke, wet cloth, a little chamomile, with time the light pear, so typical of Balvenie, but covered with a slightly musty peat note.
    • Taste
      Chamomile, light peat, mineral, wet stone, a little bitterness, some cardboard.
    • Finish
      very tart, slightly tingling, some smoke, the chamomile I think so no longer, rather black tea.

  32. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  33. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  34. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion Peat and Balvenie are an interesting (delicious) combination, everything works very well here, well done.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, honey, vanilla, caramel, yellow fruits (lemon, oranges, apples), also some tropical fruits, wet hay.
    • Taste
      Smoke, fruits (apples, lemon), vanilla, caramel, a bit bitter.
    • Finish
      Medium. Some smoke, fruits and oak.

  36. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Balvenie, beside the distillery character, embraces the peat and smoke very well.
    • Nose
      Creamy. Honey, vanilla, peat, hay and earth, citruses, unripe banana, waxy apple, tutti frutti.
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy. Pepper and cloves, cocoa, vanilla, sweet fruits, citruses. Salted caramel and fine wood smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, spicy, smoky.

  37. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/malt-n-copper-smoke-fire/

    Yet another inaugural release. Week 37/52 is Balvenie’s peat production week, this being from 2002. Made from 100% highland barley with a phenol count of 30ppm. Also, my first official vintage Balvenie!

    N: Stoney, earthy/chalky, herbal, woody [US oak], honeyed/hay sweetness and apple yeastiness with light sooty smoke.
    T: Arrives pokey & prickly yet assertive and slightly astringent. Similar notes to the nose. Turns salty with some cocoa, pepper & clove.
    F: Smoky oaky vanilla with a bitter-sour metallic finish. Still stoney to the last. Delicate sweeter notes to be found if diligent enough. Some wafer at the death.
    C: Good enough but hard to love in comparison to the effortlessly joyous Balvenie Double Wood we had alongside.Scores a C

  38. steinrich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    to be honest; i do not really like it! and I really thought I would, but I cannot find any harmony in this whisky. having said that I must say that it´s well made stuff, just not my cup of tea.
    so I leave it to others to rate this whisky.

    edit. had a second approach today and found it better than yesterday especially on the palate. actually I have to admit that I quite liked the taste, so I might delete these notes after a third try and write something completely different ;-)

    87/100 for today
    • Nose
      the peat is more obvious than I have expected, though it´s not really loud. balvenie shines through very clearly but the peat makes it a little difficult to pin down the fruits. perhaps mirabelles.
      vanilla of course and also whiffs of flowers.
    • Taste
      a little sharp and the smoke creeps in very slowly but very steady. in fact it´s  a quite sooty smoke.
      together with the smoke there are lemons and green apples, the vanilla is almost gone. rather bitter with cloves and allspice.
    • Finish
      medium, still sooty

  41. Arquebus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bought following a highly successful foray into the Glenglassaugh peated octave bottling. Nose promising: complex given time to breathe, all the elements of ex-bourbon casks. Promising sweetness, vanilla, fruitiness, hint of pear, occasional linseed/ putty, touch of acidity – balsamic. Some smokey dark honey/ chocolate notes The peat is subtle at first – low phenols (compared to Islays) and enhancing the malt rather than the main show – they’re all slightly dominated by damp earth , dunnage notes.In the mouth, the sweetness is short – bitter/dry notes quickly take over. There also a nip of heat. This is a savoury malt and the malt itself has a savoury character that comes through… I like the 48% - most of my drams are cask strength and I don’t usually add water – So far I’ve found that 25ml shot is improved by a small teaspoon of water. This opens it up and also knocks off the heat from the alcohol.There’s a short-medium finish that plays out the peat and also reminds me of a decent rich English real ale.

  42. Ranek scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    that's quite a poetic combination of fresh fruits and phenolic peat ... very enjoyable!
    • Nose
      it starts with a fresh pleasant breath of sweet and juicy lemon pie, lime and grapes followed by apple puree and some yellow fruits, probably pineapple. It doesn't take long until you notice a subliminal

        but very pleasant phenolic fragrance.
    • Taste
      almost identical with the nose, you have once again fresh lemons and lime, yellow fruits, mirabelles and a very pleasant hint of peppery phenolic peat smoke. later on I had some hints of floral flavours, vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      the finish is medium and bittersweet

  43. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  44. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balvenie 2002 Peat Week offers much more subtlety and sophistication than I was initially expecting. The drop off of phenols once bottled down to around 5-6ppm allows to the smoke to form a truly interesting backdrop to more typical Balvenie notes – and boy do they all play so well together. This is not a peat-led experience and its all the better for it. The balance between the elements is lovely and the end result is a super quaffable and highly likeable addition to Balvenie’s lineup of whiskies. 

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/balvenie/balvenie-2002-peat-week/
    • Nose
      A rather low-key and shy start, but with the expected Balvenie honeyed barley present and correct. Apples, barley water, hay and some interesting salinity (not sure where that’s from) interplay nicely with what is a very wispy sooty smoke. There’s also some mild citrus and almost yeasty-like sharpness here which are both pleasant and also freshening. The addition of water gives some more emphasises to the sooty and floral aspect of the smoke, and adds some minerality/stoniness in to the equation in the form of granite and chalk.
    • Taste
      Bolder now with sweetness coming first and offering honey, toffee and light vanilla. This is followed up by smoke which is more assertive than on the nose – still sooty and slightly floral - but at the same time, it’s a part of the story and not the whole story by itself. There’s a lovely underlying mossiness here which plays nicely with some cask spicing that comes out near the end of the development – cloves and salt.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and offering citrus-tinged smoked malts and again a lick of salt.

  45. rayalfa75 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    No need to collect, to many people have it on a shelf for investment reasons.

    Will never be a collectors item.

  46. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

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