Whisky Review: Balblair 1999 Vintage 1st Release

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Balblair Distillery

Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £61.43* purchase from Master of Malt

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What they say:

1999

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Natural Colour
Non Chill-Filtered | First Release

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?

Tasting Notes

Appearance:

The first release of Balblair 1999 is copper bronze in appearance.

Aroma:

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.

Palate:

On the palate honey and vanilla notes combine with a rich spiciness and sweet toffee, resulting in a full bodied Vintage.

Finish:

The long lasting, smooth finish is sweet yet spicy.

What I say:

From the Balblair #FestiveTreats TT paired with Lemongrass & hint of Lime Velvet Praline & also White Lime & Hint of Chilli Velvet Truffle from Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier.

Colour:

Dark bronzed copper

Nose:

Deeper, orange blossom honey, older wood, toffee, cereal barley and floral orchard blossom

Taste:

Ginger and orange marmalade, sun-baked tannic leather, caraway seed & vanilla

Finish:

Long, spiced ginger and sweet dried fruits

Overall:

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.

Score: 86/100

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