Country Scotch Whisky
Distillery/Brand Balblair
Distillation Date 2005
Style Single Malt Whisky

Balblair 2005 1st Release

This is the first release of 2005 vintage Balblair single malt Scotch whisky (which is replacing the 2003 vintage in their core range). An enjoyable expression from the Northern Highlands distillery, matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and of course is presented in Balblair's very recognisable bottles.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose Classic Balblair nose of oak-y vanilla, chocolate-y malt and light wisps of smoke.

Palate Citrus blossom (and citrus peels) mixed with hints of barrel char spice and treacle tarts.

Finish Fresh and spiced, with a little more floral malt.

Winner of 2 spirit awards

Highlands & Islands Premium - 2018
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2017
International Wine & Spirit Competition

Allergy information

This product does not contain any notifiable allergens
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Reviews for Balblair 2005 - 1st Release
Just OK
Loved the 1999 2nd release. This is not as good. This batch has sulphur which is a turn off to me.
kevin B , United States
3 years ago
Great covenant?!
I stocked up ... Yes, dozens of bottle!
Master of Malt Customer
3 years ago
What about wonderfully drammmmmmm with sublime scents that slowly come out slowly as the whiskey blends with the palate. Taste slowly. To be had absolutely, even just for the presentation of the balblair.
Master of Malt Customer
4 years ago
Very very disappointing
Really can't follow the common taste here, it's rough, it's sharp, it burns and if the burn has gone, there's nothing left. Monday bottling perhaps, but there's lotsa better things out there for less.
I own about a couple of dozens of scotch' but this is one of the worst.
Thomas , Germany
5 years ago
Worth every penny
Yes one of the best smooth when opened with a smidgen of water a fine dram indeed
William M , United Kingdom
5 years ago
Smooth, an excellent whisky!
Karen’s tasting notes
On the nose- oaky bourbon cask, slight hint of citrus, butter
On the palate- creaminess, wood and notes of vanilla
Finish- long and lingering, with new oak and creamy toffee, and cloves.
Opens up with a few drops of water, oak and vanilla become more defined.
Karen Ann Stafford , Japan
5 years ago
Exactly What you expect
Coming from Balblair, I had high hopes for this 12 year old, and I was not disappointed. This classic member of the core offerings is a solid whisky, with the classic Balblair flavor. Not as complex as the 99 or 90, but for the money, this one is a great regular drinker and an easy way to introduce new drinkers to the Balblair offerings. Strongly recommended.
Raymond W , United States
6 years ago
The Balblair 10yo
The annual Balblair '10yo' has become a must have for me every year. They are always outstanding whiskies at a really good price. 46% ABV, non chill filtered and colour free. A very rewarding dram indeed.
Master of Malt Customer
6 years ago
A slow satisfying drink
Its Scottish spring which is much the same as winter and summer its cold and wet outside time cold shake off the working day...a mighty fine drink. Full of spice and that feeling of bodily warmth that occurs when you sip a fine whisky a definte buy again.

Rob paisley
Master of Malt Customer
6 years ago
Simply magnificent.
Master of Malt Customer
7 years ago