Balblair

Balblair 2000 Vintage 2nd Release (46%, OB, 2017)

Balblair 2000 Vintage 2nd Release

Whisky Review

What they say

2000

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

With influence from both American Oak and Spanish Oak, this perfectly rounded mid-range Vintage is a true testimony to the craft of traditional whisky making

Balblair 2000 2nd Release replaces the award winning 1999 3rd release.  The 2000 2nd release is presented in a premium opening box, joining the complete Balblair collection available in this luxury format.

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Bright copper in colour.
  • Aroma: The nose is full bodied with aromas of seasoned oak, baked red apples and fruitcake, followed by warming vanilla and ripe tropical stone fruits. Rich and balanced, this classic Balblair nose tells the story of its charismatic spirit and perfect ageing.
  • Palate: On the palate, the whisky is slightly oily in texture. Ground spices and old hardwood strike first chords in this elegant and rewarding dram, building up to brighter flavours of tinned pineapples, bitter orange peel and honey.
  • Finish: The finish builds up slowly with lasting sweetness, creaminess and notes of bitter chocolate.

What I say

Sampled during the #BalblairLive tasting held on Facebook on 21st February 2018.

Distilled in 2000 at Balblair distillery and matured for around 17 years before bottling in 2017.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Copper with ruby highlights (9/20), rare medium-large tears and legs flow together
  • Nose: Sweet dried fruit, raisin, cherry and prune, stewed red apple, red apple skin, moist fruitcake with cherry and dates, red fruits and also some peach or apricot, a subtle honey combines with malty cereal barley and a touch of milk chocolate
  • Taste: Bright and quite light-bodied, orange juice and peel, tinned peaches and pineapple, a little coppery and metallic in places, stewed red fruits, spiced with clove, star anise and fresh nutmeg, a little tannin, mahogany, chestnut and rosewood, slightly more bitter/darker chocolate
  • Finish: Medium, initial burst of spices then mouth watering tannin and honey with tannins persisting/winning out eventually

Overall

A lovely dram, plenty of sherry influence in here but not dominating, there is something a little metallic and odd about it initially on the palate which suggests an equal measure of spirit character has been preserved.

This one is more about fruits, spice and tannic wood than the more classic fruit/nut/chocolate and leather notes that Sherry (overkill – some might say) imprints upon the spirit.

Score 86/100

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