Review: Balblair 1983 Vintage 1st Release

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Balblair Distillery

Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £192.61 from Master of Malt [Sold out]


What they say:

1983 Vintage

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Natural Colour
Non Chill-Filtered | First Release

Matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, Balblair Vintage 1983 is a rich, warm dram, combining all core Balblair characteristics. Only just launched to replace the 2nd release of 1975 this stunning dram is sure to be just as popular as its predecessor. What Vintage is your all time favourite? Go to The Gathering Place and leave us a comment.

Tasting Notes


The first release of Balblair 1983 has a rich golden appearance.


On the nose there are warm aromas of butterscotch, toffee and vanilla that come from the long years of maturation in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. Citrus fruits can also be detected in the aroma adding to the complexity of this exceptional Vintage.


On the palate it is sweet and spicy; with overtones of fresh fruits and honey.


A long, warming and full bodied finish.

What I say:

Sampled as part of the #IHDMasterclass online beamed live from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Many thanks to Lukasz and the team at IHD for asking us to take part in this tasting.


Orange amber gold (11/20)


Pecan & banoffee pie, spiced apple pie, cinnamon, vanilla custard, coconut, cereal barley malt, toffee, vanilla, chocolate


Smooth and rich, creamy vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate, butterscotch fudge, vanilla sponge cake, apple cake, a hit of cinnamon spice, raspberry ripple ice cream and toffee caramel sauce, oak wood


Long, delicate and fruity, fruit puddings in custard


Beautiful example of well-aged bourbon-matured whisky, just divine.

Score: 86/100

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