Whisky Review: Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Balblair Distillery
Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.
Cost: £42.23* from Master of Malt
What they say:
Only a handful of American oak, ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2005 were selected by Distillery Manager John MacDonald to form this classic Balblair expression. Light, fruity and refreshing, this classic Vintage embodies Balblair’s house style.
Light sparkling gold in colour.
Full bodied with the classic aromas of fresh green apples, ground spices and honey. The American oak ex-bourbon barrels used in maturation impart notes of oaky vanilla, leather and oranges with a hint of fragrant cut flowers and smoke.
Balblair’s signature style of citrus orchards is followed by intense sweetness of toffee and vanilla.
Rounded off by a deliciously spicy, long finish. The superb dram is bright and full of character, a ray of sunshine in a bottle.
What I say:
From the Balblair #FestiveTreats TT paired with The Velvet Truffle White Lime with a Hint of Chilli from Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier.
bright & light gold, Champagne almost
Fruity crisp green apples & pears, slightly woody, sweet syrup or honey, nougat & marzipan
Zesty citrus and sweet, orange and lemon, crisp apple, new oak wood, vanilla and white pepper
Medium – zesty and bittersweet – enhanced by the chocolate, more florality too.
The lime & chilli truffle has a wee kick, pairs well with the zesty citrus character of the 2005 vintage
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