Balblair 1999

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Sherry & American Oak Cask Matured
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2017 2:12 pm by Dragon

Average value

€ 308.82

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208 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1999

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.62 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A pretty quaffable dram, but nothing too special considering this is either a 17 or 18 year old bottling.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried apricots, peach, currants, milk chocolate, sherry, a light sour note, a mild soapiness (lavender), earl grey tea, some clove and a whiff of aniseed.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sherry, sweet and sour white wine, apricots, bitter oranges and mild cocoa, also some peppery spiciness and quite tannic.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length, mainly bitter tea, tobacco and tannic like wood spices but nothing too astringent.

  2. chlinatele did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes from Balblair

    AppearanceThe third release of Balblair Vintage 1999 is polished copper in colour. 

    AromaThe aroma is intriguingly spicy with a warming layer of soaked raisins. Seasoned fruit cake and oily orange peel perfume the mid tones with elegant energy. Understated chords of green apple and creamy vanilla custard follow while a hint of leather adds darkness and weight in an impeccable balancing act.

    PalateOn the palate mature chocolate and toffee sweetness forms a firm and rounded base for the complexity of dried fruits, ground exotic spices, fragrant orchard and set honey. 

    FinishFlavours cascade richly into the long and rewarding finish with gingerbread spice and autumn fruit galore.

  3. tangtang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Without water, it is too soft and reserved in the nose, on the palate and in the finish it is quite good. From the profile, more on the spicy side.

    With water it opens something and looks fruity and sweeter
    • Nose
      Very closed, oak, citrus fruits, a little malt, spicy, later light, very restrained notes of sherry maturation, dried fruits, apricots, raisins. All in all more on the spicy side.
      With a few drops of water it opens something and becomes slightly fruity
    • Taste
      spicy start, sweet fruity with plums and apricots, then later becoming slightly dry, the oak now comes through a bit. Slightly oily and nutty at the end.
      With a few drops of water the spicy takes a back seat and the fruity shows up more. Otherwise, the aromas remain unchanged
    • Finish
      Spicy, pronounced finish, dry, sweet with hints of dried fruits and chocolate. Turning slightly bitterly woody towards the end.
      With a little water, the finish becomes a little sweeter and the spicy takes a back seat.

  4. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 21 20 21 82

    Tasty, though simple, quite drunk, you can and should!

  6. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F20 B21

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. praisethepasta scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant, rich and round whisky with a lot of flavour, which makes up for the lack of complexity
    • Nose
      86 86
      ripe fruit (plums, apricot, orange), sherry, cake, marzipan, and after some 15 minutes: red ripe apples. adding water brings out a mineral note
    • Taste
      83 83
      soft arrival, but quickly followed by a lot of fruity notes - again the plums, apples, oranges and apricot are evident, with just a very shy delicate note of woodbitter in the back. This is elevated a bit once you add water as it becomes a bit more sharp overall.
    • Finish
      85 85
      rather long, a bit of a sharp nip, ending in a soft dry note of nuts and wood

  9. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      75 75
      sherry, vanilla, oak
    • Finish
      75 75
      sherry, vanilla, oak

  10. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      oranges galore plus some dried fruits, mostly apricots, light honey, slightly grassy, rather flora (flowers)l, slightly solventy (bourbon). hints of vanilla
    • Taste
      89 89
      oranges, fruit tart, slightly nutty, hints of parsley.
      white dessert wine. nicely balanced.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium to long, becoming a little tea-ish


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