Whisky Review: Balblair 1999 Vintage 1st Release
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Balblair Distillery
Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.
Cost: £61.43* purchase from Master of Malt
What they say:
Available exclusively to travellers, this beautifully developed Balblair Vintage boasts the classic, fruity, floral and light heart of Balblair set against a darker, richer background of further maturation in Spanish oak. Is this Vintage part of your collection?
The first release of Balblair 1999 is copper bronze in appearance.
On the nose there are the signature Balblair aromas: floral and fragrant punctuated with green apples, citrus fruits and vanilla. The American oak, ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak, ex-sherry butts used in maturation impart a rich spiciness and notes of leather, honey and chocolate.
On the palate honey and vanilla notes combine with a rich spiciness and sweet toffee, resulting in a full bodied Vintage.
The long lasting, smooth finish is sweet yet spicy.
What I say:
Dark bronzed copper
Deeper, orange blossom honey, older wood, toffee, cereal barley and floral orchard blossom
Ginger and orange marmalade, sun-baked tannic leather, caraway seed & vanilla
Long, spiced ginger and sweet dried fruits
My favourite pairing of the tasting was this Travel Retail Exclusive 1990 Balblair vintage and the Lemongrass truffle – the pairing reminded me of that balance in Thai cookery between sweet/spice and savoury.
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