Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: International Beverage Holdings
Average price: € 140.00
Official website: www.balblair.com
In my piece on the 15yo just over a month ago, I mentioned how Balblair until 2019 has produced its whiskies without indicating the ageing but only the year of bottling (commonly known as vintage).
If on those bottles there is a certain (lukewarm) interest online, the new versions seem to meet with a cold indifference: it’s difficult to find information or news, even more so opinions, in Italian or English.
And since we like to go against the tide a little and discover little-known labels, as soon as I had the chance I took a generous sample of this eighteen-year-old, just in case it might intrigue someone…
Full gold in the glass.
An initial alcoholic sting greets the nose, but the nose soon becomes very fruity, with cooked pear, sultanas, pineapple, ripe figs, a lemony note and nutmeg. Frosted cereals (like Kellog’s Frosties) in the background. Harmonious and layered sweetness.
In the mouth it becomes warmer and more spicy, it becomes a cake of pears and cinnamon cream, milk chocolate chips, hazelnuts, candied orange, a hint of star anise. It has a slight roughness in the background, of leather and wood, in an interesting play of contrasts.
Medium-long finish of hazelnut chocolate, cinnamon, baked pear.
If the contrast in aromas had been more pronounced I would have found it more enjoyable, but it is still a whisky that is anything but banal and boring, complex, and deserves more attention.