Balblair 12 Years Old 2002 Distillery Exclusive (58%, OB, Bourbon Cask #680, 2012)
Highland single malt scotch whisky
58% ABV, £90 for 70cl
What they say:
Distilled in 2002 at Balblair distillery, this has been matured for 12 years in an ex-bourbon cask. Available as a bottle-your-own exclusive at Balblair distillery.
What I say:
Dram #1 presented at the Edinburgh Whisky Blog’s Movember fund-raiser event hosted at Ruffians Barber Shop in Edinburgh. Sadly we arrived a little too late and missed the hickory-smoked cocktail presented by Alan and Martin of Solid Liquids. We did however make it just in time to get a dram of this hand-filled exampled from Balblair distillery, where EWB’s Chris had recently had fun rolling barrels!
Full amber gold
Undeniably vanilla cream, custard and crème brulee, sweet iced pastries, heather honey, cereal barley malt
Creamy vanilla, custard, some cinnamon Danish pastries and iced buns, sweet heather honey, some drier grassy/hay, cereal barley, butterscotch, fudge
Short-Medium, sweet vanilla, toffee oak notes persist
A fantastic starter dram, this bourbon-matured example from Balblair was full of rich vanilla cream and other sweet pastry notes, the oak wood tempered the sweetness in the finish.