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Balblair's second release of its 1999 vintage (the first was released for the travel retail market) replaces the 1997. It's a combination of American oak, ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak ex-sherry butts.Tasting Notes (2)
- Christmas Cake
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Cherry cola, chocolate covered caramel, raisins, bread pudding and Garibaldi biscuits. There are darker leathery touches behind that as well as more green, herbal notes around the edges. Water brings out zesty lemon and sherbet notes.
Soft, fruity and spicy, combining hints of tropical fruit with milk chocolate and black pepper. At first it seems to be light and sweet, but weightier notes appear at the back of the palate, with layers of spice and elegant fruit.
Sharp apples, spicy cinnamon and more Garibaldi biscuits.
A game of two halves, with elegant and fruity Balblair backed up rich, dark and spicy notes thanks to a two year finish in sherry casks.
Copper with flecks of sparkling bronze.
The American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak ex-sherry butts used for maturation impart the signature Balblair aromas of honey and green apples, as well as notes of rich, fruity Christmas cake with a hint of spice, citrus fruits and vanilla.
Full bodied, sweet and spicy in character, with hints of honey, vanilla and leather.
Warm, smooth and long lasting.
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Had the good fortune to visit the distillery while passing through Edderton a few weeks ago - very small scale in comparison to the bigger Speyside and Highland distilleries but this adds to the exclusivity of it. Well worth a visit and an excellent dram. I certainly picked up Christmas cake and apples/pears.
Excellent dram, I get the citrus and green apple off the nose, with honey and a spice, almost a white grape juice smell, and some vanilla. Great legs! And not to syrupy, definitely taste the honey and vanilla, the back half gets the fruits and spice, and it has a cinnamon like finish and more, I just can't nail it down as yet.....this is a definite must have, and I am sold on Balblair ????
It's not as good as the '97 it replaces, shame, but it'll do
Excellent stuff. So very underrated. I agree with the first reviewer here. I am now a MASSIVE Balblair fan.
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