Old Ballantruan

70cl / 50%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Old Ballantruan
Web Exclusive Price £36.75 £30.63 ex VAT (£52.50 per litre)
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Customer Rating

A peated Speysider from Tomintoul, this has been bottled at 50% abv and at this price is well worth a look for peatheads looking for something a bit different.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Chill Filtered
No
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Lemon Lemon
  • Hazelnut Hazelnut
  • Praline Praline
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Malt Malt

Old Ballantruan Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    • Colour:

      Warm gold.

    • Nose:

      Heathery smoke balanced with subtle floral notes.

    • Palate:

      Gentle "peat-reek" flavours with hints of citrus tones and malty nuttiness.

    • Finish:

      Lingering smoke and peat with a touch of malted barley sweetness.

  • Tasting Notes by Martine Nouet

    • Nose:

      Citrussy, very aromatic. A distant dry smokiness swirling up. A mineral touch (wet pebble). Then a fruity whiff of ripe peaches and pears. All is wrapped in a delicate honeyed veil.

    • Palate:

      Rich, silky, enticing. Oily, getting drier on the tongue as spices burst out. Some green gage flavours mingling with spices.

    • Finish:

      Lemony, drying on ginger.

    • Comment:

      A charming nose with a less delicate palate but all together a refreshing dram.

    • Score:

      8/10

16 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    12 August

    I found this to be quite spectacular for the price. The tasting notes are spot on.

  • 2
    1 December 2018

    Rough with too much caramel and far too pricey for what it is, given that I can buy Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10 cheaper than this.

  • 5
    31 August 2018

    We have been using this unique product for many years now as an essential part of our Whisky Masterclass. We usually start with Old Ballantruan to open up the head of participants as it has so many different characters all laying in wait to astound. We sold more of this after a Masterclass than any other whisky when we ran Whisky in the Sun in Southern Spain. Challenging to get this across the border from Gibraltar into Spain but well worth the effort. Just starting to introduce our Masterclasses into the North East but lack Distillery help.

  • 4
    12 April 2018

    Amazing - got 2 of the last 8 available in Ontario & have never tasted a Speyside that has such Islay character - Cheers !

  • 5
    6 September 2017

    Peaty, smooth and delightful - more please .

  • 5
    29 August 2017

    It's a tad sweet, with a bit o' peat. Nice caramel aftertaste and good bang (50 ABV) for the buck. I like the grassy notes in the nose. I think I found a new one for the list!

  • 5
    26 July 2017

    Beautifully peaty. An exquisite experience!

  • 4
    26 December 2016

    Nice taste great flavour

  • 5
    8 July 2016

    My favourite Speyside peated whisky, a refreshing gem.

  • 5
    23 March 2016

    very good. best taken with a little water

  • 3
    17 January 2016

    Young! A bit harsh, peat level suits me but needs a few more years in the cask

  • 4
    26 August 2015

    Smokey.. yet sweet... I like this speyside peat combo I can''t drink too much of it as it loses it''s appeal, but the original blast of peat followed by the speyside sweet is worth it

  • rico 25 February 2013

    Agree with hephaestus that this whisky is a bit youngish but in a refreshing, pleasant way! Really good peaty fellow with good fruity background in the nose. Really commendable and I must admit it perfectly replaced Ardbeg 10yo in my peaty single-malt fleet:)))

  • hephaestus 5 January 2012

    Bit young and vicious, but a perfectly good whisky for anyone with an unhealthy peat and smoke obsession.

  • Kehagias N. 2 November 2009

    A balanced whiskey. Very aromatic and rich.

  • david 26 June 2009

    A very worthwhile dram. Gentle peatiness with some unexpected length. Fruity and very enjoyable for an Islay peat freak.