Whatever the reason, I’m now finally ready to review a Balblair again, this time the Balblair 1999 1st Release, which was released in 2014 as a Travel Retail exclusive. It’s a vatting of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, and judging from the taste, the percentage of the latter is fairly generous.
Balblair 1999 1st Release (46%, OB Travel Retail, 2014)
Nose: A mixture of milk chocolate, mild raisins and figs with some more fresh, almost tropical fruits like oranges and nectarine. Slightly flowery. Taste: The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I’d like. Mocha, coffee, fudge and slightly woody too. Some cinnamon and earl gray, combined with red apple and lemon peel. Finish: Some soft tannins and vanilla with a thin layer of orchard fruits. Medium in length.
It’s a bit of an in-betweener. Not exactly a light summer dram, but far from a dark and heavy winter whisky too. Nicely balanced.