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03 Aug 2009

Balblair 1997

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Balblair

Balblair Balblair, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, renewed its complete range in February 2007, with a new branding and bottle design. The age statements were replace by vintages (1975, 1979, 1986 (duty free), 1989 and 1997). Around 15% of the production is bottled as single malt.

This Balblair 1997 is a mixture of mostly ex-bourbon barrels with a few 2nd fill sherry butts.

 

Balblair 1997 Balblair 1997 (43%, OB 2008)

Nose: clean barley with soft vanilla. Really fresh and minty, with quite a lot of fruity notes (apple, orange, lemon, pineapple). Honey. Also spicy notes (cinnamon) from the oak. I quite like the nose. Mouth: sweet attack, again really fruity (pineapple, apricot, grapefruit). Vanilla. Subtle oak. Very light hints of peat. Evolving on spices and liquorice. Finish: a bit too simple and maybe a tad too bitter (ginger).

Well, I have to say this dram exceeded my expectations. Good introduction malt. Around € 40.

Score: 81/100

Balblair 1997 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-08-03

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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