Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: International Beverage Holdings
Average price: € 90.00
Official website: www.balblair.com
Balblair’s renewed portfolio is presented with the usual declared ages, some of which have already been covered in these pages. But as is well known, the distillery previously preferred to indicate only the year of distillation, somewhat in the style of wines.
Few may know, however, that before that Balblair already used the indication of the years of maturation, which was abandoned for vintage in 2007, and today’s bottle comes precisely from that period, given that the contemporary core range doesn’t include 10 years and goes directly to 12.
A gem, not easy to find, therefore, that I am really curious to try.
Intense and sweet aromas on the nose, in a waxy blanket that collects peaches and apricots, melon, pineapple, vanilla, caramel and malt. A light herbaceous breath in the background softens the sugary assault.
Delicately spicy, the palate reveals itself to be warmer than expected, remaining in the groove of the fruity profile (yellow and tropical fruit) and cereal with rich inserts of vanilla and hazelnuts. It does not show particular complexity but is silky and enveloping.
The finish is moderately long and warm with peaches, pineapple, vanilla and hazelnuts.
A simple but far from banal whisky, which even in its “basic” nature is capable of providing pleasant entertainment without boring. And that is no small thing.