Single malt whisky - tasting notes

03 Oct 2013

Old Ballantruan 10 years

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Tomintoul

Old Ballantruan is distilled at Tomintoul distillery. This peated version was first launched in 2009 without age statement, and the 10 year old followed in 2012.


Old Ballantruan 10 yearsOld Ballantruan 10 yo
(50%, OB 2012)

Nose: sweet and a little light, with plenty of oak spices, both soft vanilla and sharp ginger. Sharpish peat as well, the yeasty / leafy kind. Sweet bread. Some hints of banana and vanilla, signs of its youth. Mouth: tangy peat with a very sweet, malty core. Grain biscuits. Liquorice and kippers. Vanilla again. Lots of pepper and ginger. Punchy, young and a little rough. Finish: long, slightly hot and tangy with ginger and grassy notes.

Old Ballantruan 10 is pretty much okay. It’s peaty and rough, kind of a brash youngster. Around € 55.

Score: 82/100

Old Ballantruan 10 years 3 Ruben Luyten 2013-10-03
  • Reb Mordechai

    Just found a bottle in Alef Alef Piup in Jersualem. I’ll review it beli neder, next week on my blog.
    OU Kashrut Certified
    Age Statement!
    Non-Chilled Filtered.
    50% abv
    Ticks most of the boxes as far as I’m concerned. I hope it lives up to my expectations…..



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