Balblair launches new 1991 and 2000 limited editions
We’re thrilled to announce two new Vintages have joined our core collection. Vintage 2000 2nd Release and Vintage 1991 3rd Release, both of which have been hand-picked by our Distillery Manager, John MacDonald at the optimum point of maturation.
Firstly, let us introduce to you Vintage 2000 2nd Release, matured for 13 years in American Oak, ex-bourbon casks and five years in first fill Spanish Oak butts. The liquid is bright copper in appearance, and the nose is full-bodied with aromas of seasoned oak, baked red apples and fruitcake, followed by warming vanilla and ripe tropical stone fruits.
The second release of 2000 features ground spices and old hardwood which build up to brighter flavours of tinned pineapples, bitter orange peels and honey. The finish graduates slowly with lasting sweetness, creaminess and notes of bitter chocolate.
And if that’s not whet your appetite, let us present, Vintage 1991 3rd Release, a whisky that is bright amber in colour with rose gold highlights. After being matured for 24 years in ex-bourbon, American Oak casks with a further three years in first fill Spanish Oak butts; this dram does not disappoint.
The nose is expansive and complex with rich citrus fruits and vanilla notes as well as toffee and chocolate. Notes of honey, winter spices and apricot, with a hint of liquorice are imparted from the bourbon barrels and Spanish Oak butts used in the maturation process.
The palate features Balblair’s signature citrus orchard flavour profile and is followed by rich, creamy chocolate and layers of poached apples and pears, Christmas pudding and hot vanilla sauce. It finishes with sparkling orange and toasted coconut overtones accentuating full-bodied sweetness of vanilla and caramel creating a rich and celebratory dram.
Matt Jamieson, Balblair Global Brand Manager said: “At Balblair, we only release our whisky when its ready and these new vintages are no exception. Both featuring a very different nose and palate, the 2000 and 1991 are exquisite drams which are sure to appeal to the most discerning of whisky drinkers.”
Established in 1790, Balblair distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Its location on the Dornoch Firth is intrinsically linked to the process with its water source in the Allt Dearg burn water flowing nearby.
Balblair 2000 and Balblair 1991 will be available globally online, and in independent and specialist retailers.