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A special release of 30-year-old Balblair 1986, selected by us and bottled for the inaugural Whisky Show: Old & Rare, which took place in Glasgow in February 2017. And old-fashioned dram, with endless complexity and strong distillery character.Tasting Notes (1)
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)
Waxed lemons and spiced sponge-cake batter lead the nose – an in-progress lemon-drizzle cake. Sweet honeysuckle and barley sugar follow, with dried banana and rolled oats. Sweetness builds: porridge with a drizzle of golden syrup, hints of spicy wood resin and sweet wax polish. After a few minutes in the glass, more citrus develops: flamed orange zest.
Juicy and sweet at first, with freshly squeezed oranges and lemons covered in butter icing. Spice and resinous notes build, balancing the sweetness, and lemon zest is backed up by Hobnob biscuits and Stroopwaffel. Spice builds towards the end: liquorice root, clove and hot cinnamon.
The spice lingers, and poached lemons, damp oak and spiced cookie dough develop. As things fade, the oak and lemon remain.
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