Balblair

Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release ~ 46% (InverHouse)

Whisky Review: Balblair 2005 Vintage 1st Release

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Balblair Distillery

Bottling: Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £42.23* from Master of Malt

balblair-2005-vintage-1st-release

What they say:

2005

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

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.

Tasting Notes

Appearance

Light sparkling gold in colour.

Aroma

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.

Palate

Balblair’s signature style of citrus orchards is followed by intense sweetness of toffee and vanilla.

Finish

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.

Colour:

bright & light gold, Champagne almost

Nose:

Fruity crisp green apples & pears, slightly woody, sweet syrup or honey, nougat & marzipan

Taste:

Zesty citrus and sweet, orange and lemon, crisp apple, new oak wood, vanilla and white pepper

Finish:

Medium – zesty and bittersweet – enhanced by the chocolate, more florality too.

Overall:

The lime & chilli truffle has a wee kick, pairs well with the zesty citrus character of the 2005 vintage

Score: 83/100

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