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Balmenach

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Balmenach: independent bottlings

Balmenach

Old Malt Cask, 20 years

Collection
Old malt cask
Age
20 years
Alcohol percentage
50,0 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Cask
first fill hogshead
Cask number
single cask DL 1322
Dates
Distil: 01-1984 Bottling: 09-2004
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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86/100
Balmenach Old Malt Cask
Personal Comment
Some clear peat hints and a woody smell characterize this promising whisky. After a few minutes, some fruity notes and a touch of acidité (citrus fruits) appear. In the palate, a strange mix of peat and citrus, rather complex where hints of smoke are present without being dominating. A nice finish, marked by the fruits, and smoke is coming back later on.
84/100
A very clear, spicy, fresh nose, with both fruity hints and menthol aromas. Some lemon on the background. Nice complexity. Really a very pleasant nose announcing a great whisky. The mouth is surprising, slightly medicinal, very fresh with aromatic herbs and a touch of wood. A kind of acidity dominates the palate and fine woody notes come and complete it. Some chocolate hints as well. The finish is first woody before developing on malt. A touch of smoke too. It is smooth and rather long.
88/100

Balmenach

The WitC's Bottlings 1999

Collection
The WitC's Bottlings
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
57 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1999 Bottling: 2008
Bottle
of 29 btls
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84/100
Balmenach WitC 2008
Personal Comment
A floral nose (heather) and a touch of honey where some yesst hints and dry fruits come in addition.
In the palate, a very nice complexity where bitter notes (unripe walnut) seem to dominate.
The finish is relatively long and prolongs perfectly the mouth.
84/100

Balmenach: samples

Balmenach

Hart Brothers 1979

Collection
Hart Brothers
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Hart Brothers
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0/100
A bright coloured malt, deep body, rich and sweet. Aromas of nuts and wild flowers. Balmenach shows very light traces of peat. Dry finish.

(sample received during a visit to Hart Brothers)

Personal Comment

Balmenach

Best Casks of Scotland 1999

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1999 Bottling: 2010
Particularity
(diluted version do the Witch bottling)
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84/100
Personal Comment
The nose is rather fresh despite some yeast hints. A touch of mint. Discrete floral fragrances.
The mouth is nicely acid, with smooth citrus fruit notes. Some discrete hints of dried fruit.
The finish prolongs the mouth. Rather short but pleasant.
84/100

Balmenach

Best Casks of Scotland 1999

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1999 Bottling: 2010
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75/100
Personal Comment
Color: White wine
The nose detects immediately malty notes with fairly strong hints of yeast. This is certainly not the kind of nose that I like, but the nose presented by other Balmenach bottles too.
In the palate, first a mixture of malt and more acidic and fresh notes that seem to compete for the attention of the papilla's at the beginning before evolving into something more balanced where milk chocolate is not absent .
A discrete and rather short final to complete the impressions of the mouth.
75/100

Balmenach

18 years old

Collection
The Maltman
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Meadowside (The Maltman)
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WDTS2012-02 82/100
Balmenach Maltman 18
Personal Comment
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Mars
Nose: Pear, rice, peach, coconut, tropical fruits (pineapple), cardboard, oily, grains. The aromas are disconnected but it's well balanced. It's sweet.
Palate: Oily, fruity, apple, spice, vanilla. Always sweet.
Final: Spices (get bigger with aeration), fruity (exotic), cereals, bread, dried pasta. Average length.
Light delicate acidity that develops slowly.

Comments: A whisky in the style that I like. Very spicy (but not peppery nor spicy), sweet and fruity. It just lacks a little something.
Little change with aeration or addition of water.
88/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Bpoujol
Colour: gold.
Powerful nose, quite closed, opens over time without becoming exuberant. Fruit, wax. Somewhat vegetal. Cereals.
Mouth: quite powerful, waxy, slightly fruity. Slightly woody, vanilla. Somewhat pastry.
Final: rather long, pretty intense. Fruity and waxy. Slightly woody.
87/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by TTN
Colour: Straw
Nose: Powerful, very fragrant, very fruity with peach and apricot, a lot of honey, frangipane.
Mouth: syrupy, alcohol is perfectly integrated, full with a dominant fruity flavors in the extension of the nose plus some sweet spices.
Finish: medium long always on the fruit.
Overall impression: A malt not necessarily very complex but very pleasant and easy to drink. Makes me think of a Benriach than twenty years.
87/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by mapi
Colour: pale straw
The nose is marked by fresh fruit (Granny) a little minty side. The alcohol provides the voltage. Then develops the tasting notes of yeast and wildflowers as a fresh Comté .
The mouth is on fresh herbs. But what is the overall structure that is most interesting: fresh grass and alcohol there but not dominant, then the roundness that can go to the final.

The finish is sweet and herbaceous. We are really on the water spirits of plants such as green Izara.
86/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: yellow gold
nose: medium intensity, alcohol well integrated, beeswax, yellow fruits, slightly mineral, fresh yeast dough, disappears after 15 minutes of breathing at the expense of fermentation aromas of yeast, smooth profile with a little acidity
taste: low to medium intensity (from the mid-palate), well integrated alcohol, mineral, slightly acidic (lemon), grain
finish: medium
Conclusion: pleasant whisky and easy to drink
85/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Roblanza
color: gold
nose: fruity flavours, vanilla, peach and fresh oak, hint of salt
taste: slightly salty but fruity, notes of vanilla, very fresh, also peaches and a little peppery, medium long finish with oaky notes
84/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Arno
Nose: acids fruits (mirabelle, plum). Acidity of fresh apple & sweetness of baked apple. Some spices come with the fruit. Dry wood also, and a touch of smoked malt. In the background, notes of pastry cream, almond, puff pastry.
Mouth: the fruit appears, quickly mixed with malt that gives a bitter persistent note. The palace is a little heated by the spices. A bit of dry wood. The finish is sweeter, with almond paste and sour candy.
Final: old wood & dried fruits, lingering bitterness.
Conclusion: a easy-one single malt, no major defects (except bitterness and dry wood), rather pleasant to drink.
84/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Colour: white wine, straw.
Nose: first nose on a fruit bubble bursting immediately and developeson a fruity, apple / pear note, which grows slowly but steadily. Comes after a few minutes of herbal and vegetal notes, touches of juniper. Then pastry and dairy notes appear, custard. Is now moving on confectionery, fruit candy at (Krema), pot pourri.
The addition of water weakens the nose and makes it lose its sharpness.
Palate: Quite unsettling, with little relevance to the nose. First saponifying, slightly aqueous, dried fruit develops. Fat texture, oily.
Water harmonizes the mouth but it loses its character. However, the note found in saponifying is very diminished.
Final: In the wake of the mouth, that is to say, very expressive.
The water rounds the start of the final, but gives it more body and long thereafter. Reveals the astringency that was previously unnoticed.

Comments: Promising nose, but disappointing in the mouth, as this disharmony. Better to avoid the water.
84/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: Fresh and marine (seafood such as shellfish). Light. Apple tart. Grassy or minty with aeration.
Palate: Silky pleasant. Rather thin and elegant but too far back. Not found the real ocean side of the nose. Evolves between malt notes and nuances revealing advantage of maturity (spicy / woody-vanilla).
Short finish on a slightly bitter malt.

Conclusion Very (too) well done. Clearly lacks the character for my taste. Easy to drink without displeasure so far!
83/100
WDTS2012-02
Color: Light Gold
Nose: The nose is fresh, mineral and slightly fruity at first. The fruity side is intensifying at the aeration with fines notes of mango and pear and also a spicy side. The alcohol is well integrated (although a little bit sparkling in the beginning).
Palate: Alcohol is very discreet, very well integrated, very sweet. The fruit is now less present than in the nose, in contrast to the spicy notes.
Final rather short, very smooth too, spicier than fruity.
83/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Dede
Color: White Wine

Nose: Very nice, eraser and pencil, wax, iodine, yellow fruits still lacking maturity, soft citrus, grapefruit zest, vanilla. Quite complex and demonstrating a good intensity and especially compact, nothing beyond here, very nice balance. Something "Clynelishish" in all this.

Palate: fresh but not lacking in power. The mouth is more spicy (ginger, nutmeg) as the nose suggested. The fruity and tangy nose are present but are suppressed by alcohol. Adding water brings out more spices.

Finish: Quite long, marked by the return of pencil lead and a bitter vegetable (green tea).

Conclusion: The nose is of good quality, mouth-this side in terms of flavor intensity.
83/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: honey and fruit paste, an earthy side (can be a bit of peat?), Grass & mint, and a lot of spices (cinnamon)
Mouth: interesting. These are the spices that emerge on the palate with a slight side "new make" then licorice and vanilla
Finish: long on spices with a little bitterness enjoyable because controlled
83/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Jmputz
Colour: Old gold
The nose presents a mixture of malted and yeasty hints and is struggling to evolve more varied and rich into notes. Additional notes of pepper and sour candy.
The mouth does not contrast with the nose. The attack is pretty sweet on the malt mingled with hints of yeast. Softness and little complexity. Metal hints are added to the initial sweetness. A very straight whisky which is missing a little relief.
The finish is long and relatively unobtrusive. Here again, no surprise but after several minutes, the intensity appears to increase and some slightly bitter nutty notes appear.
82/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Malt1972
Colour: gold
Nosing: touch of hay, heather. Herbal notes, winey. Later on some fruit, lemon.
Tasting: spicy, a little pepper. Some bitterness.
Finish: light touch of cereal grain. Very light
82/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Corbuso
Nose: Clean, malty, on strong notes of freshly catched fish.
Taste: Soft to very soft, malty, with some coconut, pineapple, salt, other maritime flavours, and some smoke. The finish is short to medium, on toffee, ginger, and some coconut.
Impression: The nose was rather unusual with its strong fishy notes, but the whole is rather pleasant.
82/100
WDTS2012-02
Commentaire de Dagde
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: Melon is dominating, then milk chocolate is included in a lemony acidity - it seems to have bits of lemon Perrier in front of you -. The nose is notwithstanding quite evanescent and aeration calms it very quickly.
Taste: Everything is very fade. You could tell milk chocolate cereal. Is also identified with cinnamon and lemon again what happens later on. The sweet balance is quite successful. Too bad it frankly lacks punch
Final: Fairly short at the sparkling lemon. A slight tingling tongue occurs.

Conclusion: A small whiskey unpretentious peach by its lack of horsepower. The lemony aroma rather special off the beaten track. It can easily be booked for an aperitif.
82/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Alexandre
The nose, very expressive, is dominated by vegetable flavors, mixed with honey. We also have a little land, all in an atmosphere still quite warm. With aeration, there is the appearance of almond powder, yellow fruit and smoke. But overall lack of strength and precision especially for full expression.

The mouth starts with milk chocolate and yellow fruits. Quite involved, it develops later in a farm atmosphere on plants and I do not know what to warm. More powerful than the nose, it shows after ventilation of minerality and spice.

The final red fruits, is of medium length. There is also the hazelnut and ripe yellow fruit somewhat. It's pretty rough.

In conclusion, a whisky that is restricted by lack of precision, although it is not unpleasant.
80/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Soft and fruity. Orchard fruits. Golden Delicious apple and perhaps some nectarine. The wood has already brought some vanilla roundness that conceals something grassy. Quite some honey and quince jelly. Crispy like nougatine. The whole is delicately spiced with a pinch of peat.
Mouth: Soft attack, perhaps even a bit weak (43%?). The mouth develops on a coffee-flavoured hard caramel sweet. Then, the peat comes back on the foreground, more prominent than on the nose. The whole lacks a bit of power and personality though.
Finish: Short, marked by a slight astringency.

Comment: The effort in mixing peat and fruit is laudable, and the work has been done with honesty, but this malt lacks a bit of passion.
79/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by RX21
Color: Gold
Nose: Lemon, Vegetal, tea
Mouth: cereal, malt, hints of strawberries, mint, flowers
Final : Bitter
78/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by Amor57
On the nose notes of verbena, citrus, wood and humus. Not very appealing, it's nothing to say. With aeration, the profile becomes cooler, with herbaceous notes of melted butter and distant touches of peach and dust. The palate is soft, sweet and the whisky is fast becoming rough, and very - too - bitter. The finish is the same level. Distant licorice, vanilla synthetic on background of alcohol and astringency.
With water, notes of mint and pencil eraser appear fleetingly.
In short a whisky that has a nose and a mouth just interesting / final still below. One can not accuse him of any other major flaw.
77/100
WDTS2012-02
Comment by ALouis
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Fairly discrete, requires a lot of aeration, we have herbaceous notes of marzipan, candy and pear.
Mouth: little expressive mouth too, some grain, alcohol, sugar and new spirit.
Final: short and dry
70/100

Balmenach: not in collection

Balmenach

Provenance 8 years: Winter distillation

Collection
Provenance
Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Particularity
(winter distillation)
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70/100
Balmenach Provenance
Personal Comment
Commentaire deJohannes_Sauer
Colour: White wine, or better vino verdhe. Nose: Honey and soft fruits. Heather blossoms, almonds and soft malt (vanilla) in the back. Easy and a little unimportant. Taste: Now white chocolate and again vanilla and some malt and caramel. All in all very soft and round. Nothing hurts but there are no surprises either. No trace of smoke neither in the nose nor the palate. Finish: Here now the first soft surprise shows up: Soft traces of milky coffee with caramel syrup can be detected between the even sweetness and offer a bit of complexity. After the a litle bit disappointing nose this is a a conciliatory finish. Conc.: A fine and pleasant highlander to fit any bugdet for those who like it mellow and a great whisky to seduce the lady of your heart who does not appreciate smoky malt whisky. Tasting date: 10/06/2010 Price in Germany: 28,00 Euro
70/100

Balmenach

Flora & Fauna

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
links & average quote
74/100
Personal Comment

Balmenach

1990

Collection
Connoisseurs Choice
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
first fill sherry butt
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85/100
Personal Comment
Commentaire deFred Bosshard
Amber. Intense nose, fine and complex, sherry sensation, very sweet, dried fruit, citrus (lemon, orange peel). Mouth smooth, supple, delicately silky, typical sherry, dry finish and surprisingly smoke. Good length and hint of chocolate hazelnut, praline ... Good quality / price ratio. June 8, 2012
85/100

Balmenach

1988

Collection
The Ultimate Single Malt selection
Age
24 years
Alcohol percentage
55,2 %
Bottler
The Ultimate Whisky Company
Cask number
single cask 2795
Dates
Distil: 1988 Bottling: 2013
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 88/100
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