For whatever reason, Balblair never really managed to get me interested, so it wasn’t till a couple of months ago that I tasted my first. And it was at the best place you can taste any whisky: at their respective distillery. Boy, had I been missing out! Not only is it a great distillery to visit (not touristy at all), their whisky is also wonderful. These are my tasting notes on the 2nd release of their 1997 vintage. A whisky that matured on first fill American oak barrels and was bottled at 46 per cent abv.
Nose: The influence of the oak is easily detectable, a very nice vanilla smell. It’s a bit grassy, also some coconut shavings and a some glue, but in a pleasant way. There is some green apple and something tropical. Taste: Some saltiness at first but then it gets sweet. Spicy and very creamy as well. Finish: A medium to long finish, very spicy again.
Needless to say, I’m a big fan of this one. It is very well balanced and I’m happy Balblair decided to bottle it at the percentage they did and not any lower.