Balblair

Balblair 7 Years Old Batch 1

What they say

Here is the very first batch of Balblair bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This Highlander was matured for 7 years before those Boutique-y folks got their hands on it. The label gives a nod to the film ‘The Angels’ Share’, as part of it was filmed at Balblair!

Batch 1 is a release of 1,305 bottles.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose: Wood smoke, earth and salty sea air. Surely there’s some peat involved here?
  • Palate: Think of windswept Highland beaches, briney, with vegetal seaweed notes and black pepper.
  • Finish: Saline with warm spicy cinnamon notes.
  • Overall: Like eating grilled fish on the beach.

What I say

Ooh the lesser-spotted Indie bottling of Balblair. Indeed a lesser-spotted Balblair all round for me since their repackaging from vintage to age-statement led range and accompanying but unjustifiable price-hike I have mostly been drinking zero Balblair.

  • ABV 49.9%
  • Age 7 Years Old
  • Bottler That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Bottling Batch 1
  • Cask Undisclosed (Bourbon?)
  • Category Single malt whisky
  • Cost £46.95
  • Origin Balblair Distillery
  • Outturn 1,305 bottles
  • Region Highland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Barely gold (1/20) numerous, beaded, fine tears and legs.
  • Nose Sweet and yeasty/beery, estery, fruity apple and pear, orange citrus peel quality, very vaporous and volatile, wood polish, acorns and oak wood, sappy pine cone and unexpected wisps of peat smoke.
  • Taste Medium-light bodied, sweet and prickly, sherbet, vanilla, lemon juice acidity, quite sharp, popping candy and white pepper, lemon drizzle cake, herbal pine needles.
  • Finish Medium-long, sugary, oak wood, green apple skin and waxy leaved herbs like rosemary
  • Overall Entertaining, nice sweet and herbal quality, very volatile in the glass, phenolic – that touch of peat is very present and prominent. Green fruits and waxy pine and herb leaves.

Score 83/100

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