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Balblair 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Balblair 12 Year Old

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Balblair 12 Year Old Bottling Note

In early 2019, Balblair's core range received a relaunch, eschewing the vintages that had previously adorned the bottles in favour of age statements! This is the entry level expression of the range, a 12 year old single malt matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and double-fired American oak casks. Though the vintages are gone, Balblair's whisky retains its marvellous creaminess and fruit-forward flavour profile.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Waxy peels, sponge cake, soft cedar earthiness and some nutmeg.

Palate: Juicy red apple and cooked pear, with layers of honey and barley developing.

Finish: Honey continues, with some milky tea and sultana notes for company.

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Balblair 12 Year Old Reviews

Give it time

When I first tried this whisky I was underwhelmed, I put it back on the shelf and didn’t bother with it for at least 3 months.

Having went back to it after some time I feel you get a better understanding of this malt. It comes across very simple at first, yet it’s complex and is a perfect example of what gave single malt its popularity.

Malty, honeyed, slightly fruity and juicy. Some barley sugar and slightly creamy .

An absolute steal at the current price point given the way the price of whisky is going. Give it time and learn to appreciate this one , even if you don’t after a first taste.

25th February 2023

One of the best out there

This delicious dram worth every penny!!!! I had whiskeys double the price and could not come even close to this one. Balblair distillery should be congratulated!!! Natural colour and no chilled filtration at 46%. What else do you need? If you know how to drink these beauties then this one is for you. For me near perfect.....cheers

12th January 2023

No matter how disappointing...

Throw it down the drain? Really?

No matter how disappointed I doubt any1 actually throws an aged spirit down the bog lol, none I've ever tasted have ever been undrinkable...

Suggestions if you don't fancy drinking neat :
1) Use it as a base for your own individual home made blend (adding a touch of older Scotch can elevate a dissipointment so much, get creative).
2) Use in cocktails / long drinks (Manhattans, Whisky Sours, or with Cola).
3) Use for culinary purposes (fruit cake, mince pies, peppercorn sauce).

14th August 2022

Could be mistaken for a cleaning product

We have been drinking whisky for over 40 years and never thought there was such a wretched whisky out there. Harsh and very unpleasant finish. Absolutely no depth just alcohol and an unpleasant taste.
The reviews giving high ratings are a mystery to us.
Thought it maybe down to a temporary loss of taste, but followed it with a 15 year old Glenfarclass, which, reassuringly, was its usual perfection.
Going down the drain !

19th November 2021

Lovely dram for summer

Light apple juice in colour, and this is replicated on the nose - a massive stewed apple whack with a good dose of nose tingling citrus too, lemon peel and a tartness. Doesn't have any of the spiciness on the nose you might expect from a Highland, smells more like a Speyside with no hint of smoke or peat.

On the first sip it's a mouth tingler, the apple bursts with the sensation of sherbet, not agressive in any way, but also not a gentle malt like Glenmorangie, it has some zing and pleasing sourness to it. No hint of toffee at all, this one is 100% fruity, makes a nice change - it's palette cleansing and refreshing.

Adding a drop of water gives it a white wine feel, smells of grape mixed with the apple. The water also brings out the spice, gentle ginger warmth and a little pepper.

The finish is a little short, the tart apple remains, and a touch of banana sweetness, not unlike the foam sweet bananas you had as a kid.

5th March 2021


Lovely bouquet. Smooth with a warmth with a honey and pear finish. Definitely an after dinner drink.

13th January 2021

The nose promises much but the pallet doesn’t deliver.

I really wanted to like this one but I’m struggling with it. I bought this 12 from the Balblair distillery having tasted other in the range whilst there. The 12 was my preference. The nose is fabulous. Complex, huge variety of textures and bouquets going on and yet in the mouth it’s both light and simple. The 46% contributes a significant heft to the taste but even adding a drop of water fails to expose those wonderful elements promised by the nose. The finish is semi-dry, not oily but quite long lasting. I hope this bottle gives a little more as I work through it.

16th September 2020

Delicate, elegant and smooth

Just tried this as a sample in the york whisky shop. As the others who have tried this one. Delicate, smooth and a gentle warmth to this. I agree with the use of term " milky tea finish". For the reasonable cost and a free nosing glass I bought one to enjoy over the weekend of our 23rd wedding anniversary.

30th August 2020

A decent dram.

I do miss the vintage releases from Balblair but to be fair they have done a decent job here and for those of us who like a range of whisky flavours this wouldn’t be out of place in any whisky cabinet. For me, it’s a start of the night whisky – quite delicate, well balanced and there’s nothing too challenging or overpowering but there is enough complexity to make it interesting. I totally understand why someone would say buy the Clynelish 14 instead but I would say buy them both as they are equally excellent whiskies despite being completely different.

27th June 2020

A good highland malt which I will buy again...TJ

Would recommend this as a after dinner drink. Honey hints with the earthy taste

8th December 2019

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