Excerpt: Balblair is striking in the peppery, oaky, creamy palate and profile. I really enjoy the balance here, and some interesting notes like the citrus and lemon on the nose. Perfect for winter sipping.
Excerpt: The silky liquid tastes of toffee again, with the stone fruitiness developing out into pears and apricots. This is subsumed by a wave of spice, one that carries over into the finish and runs off down the block.
Excerpt: The nose is far more interesting, but it is a step above the 12-year-old. It has some harsh elements, but with a few drops of water, they ease. On the other hand, water and ice numb any detectable flavor that is not oak.
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Distilled by Balblair and matured for 18 years in a combination of American ex-bourbon casks and first fill Spanish oak casks, this release comes to us just in time for the cooler months. Bottled at 46% ABV with no coloring or filtering - a welcome sight to see. Let's dive in.
Sweet and zesty on the nose; ginger and orange peel, lemon, bitters, delightful contrast of spicy, sweet, citrus.
Medium palate, bright malt, some pepper and clove, bold bold tannins and a generous helping of vanilla bean and cream.
Long finish, ginger appears once more, balanced nicely by plum, stewed fruit, toffee and a light nutty sherry character.
This is a killer single malt from an often overlooked house. Balblair is striking in the peppery, oaky, creamy palate and profile. I really enjoy the balance here, and some interesting notes like the citrus and lemon on the nose. Perfect for winter sipping.
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