Balblair Vintage 2005 first release

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Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

At the start of December Balblair Distillery ran a competition to win a place on their #FestiveTreats Twitter Tasting and I was fortunate enough to be picked as one of the winners. To find out more about how a Twitter Tasting works and for more details on the #FestiveTreats tasting check out my blog post on it here.

Here are my detailed tasting notes for the first of the 3 whiskies tasted.

Colour:

Light gold, almost straw coloured.

Nose:

Sweet with a citrus tang. Green apples and orange coming through stronger along with honey. Also a hint of marzipan and a touch of smoke.

Palate:

Instant spice which took me back a little as I hadn’t picked it up on the nose. This gives way to those green apples giving the whisky a bit of a tang. This is followed however by honey sweetness and maybe a touch of vanilla. Almost creamy once you get passed the spice and the apple tang.

Finish:

Medium to long. Spice again followed by sweetness. That hint of marzipan seems to raise its head again, if only momentarily.

Overall:

Not what I’d expected I have to say. The tang from the green apples and the honey sweetness made the spice a complete surprise for me. A very enjoyable dram with a range of aromas and flavours. I’d describe this as a lighter, fresher tasting whisky which you would certainly expect from the colour. Not my favourite in the Balblair collection but a damn fine whisky none the less!

 

Notes:

Taken from the Balblair Website:

 

Tasting Notes

Appearance

Light sparkling gold in colour.

Aroma

Full bodied with the classic aromas of fresh green apples, ground spices and honey. The American oak ex-bourbon barrels used in maturation impart notes of oaky vanilla, leather and oranges with a hint of fragrant cut flowers and smoke.

Palate

Balblair’s signature style of citrus orchards is followed by intense sweetness of toffee and vanilla.

Finish

Rounded off by a deliciously spicy, long finish. The superb dram is bright and full of character, a ray of sunshine in a bottle.

 

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