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

€ 88.32

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231 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 2002 Peat Week

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.84 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. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. saxionwhiskypro scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Dr.Ago scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior


  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior


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