70cl / 51.9%
Sherry Cask TWE Exclusive
- Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Liquorice root
- Fruit Cake
- Stewed Fruit
Balblair 1999 Reviews
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Light fruit cake packed with spice, buttery baked apples, butterscotch, barley sugar, brioche and stroopwaffel. Behind the sweet spice lies a layer of citrus – dried orange peel and lemon zest – and nuts – almonds and hazelnuts.
Palate: Juicy and mouthwatering, with thick stewed fruit, nutmeg, liquorice and butter toffee notes up front. Those part to reveal buttery apple pies with cinnamon, dried apricots, clove-studded oranges and rich, dark fruit cake.
Finish: Liquorice, dark chocolate and rich chocolate brownies. The chocolate fades to leave aniseed and raisins.
Comment: Thick rich and sweet, without becoming cloying, this is sherried Balblair at it's best – while the cask has had a huge influence, you can still taste the zesty distillery character.
3 Customer Reviews
Re review - I think its important to admit when your wrong and still perhaps not as experienced as you'd thought. After some 4-5 weeks, having got through a third of this bottle, it had settled and was a different whiskey all together. I don't know if if it was particularly shaken up during delivery or what but as my previous review suggests, I couldn't balance mine dram with h20 and I am no stranger to cask a strength bottle, indeed most of my collection are currently from independent bottlers. Anyway, when this beast of a whiskey came into its own, it became everything I hoped it would be when I selected it. I found it very true to the tasting notes provided and have to say that its one of the best I have ever had, I would say its easily the best non heated whiskey I have ever bought a full bottle of. I would give this 4.5, deducting half because it took a third of a bottle to come around (my bottle did anyway). If you feel like splashing out, look no further, I am considering getting another one as I regard it as the perfect Christmas Malt.
I am no expert but this is my favourite whiskey up to now and with no water addition. Very rich flavour unlike any other without being too intense. 5 stars.
I'm struggling with mine. I'm reasonably experienced and can't balance this with water. It seems to remain hot no mater how much you add, up to 4 teaspoons in a single measure (gradually over and hour) and the concentration of flavours dies out before the annoying heat dissipates. I shall persevere but given the price my score is low.