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 second of the 3 whiskies tasted.
Green apples and citrus – similar to the Vintage 2005 – but with definite honey, vanilla and toffee. Also a touch of spice underneath. The tasting notes for this (and some tweets during the Tweet Tasting) mention leather – I have to say I couldn’t pick this out until I added a drop of water to my dram.
Sweet and rich, honey very prevalent but following into those vanilla and toffee notes from the nose. The touch of spice from the nose comes through stronger on the palate and adds definite ginger.
Long and sweet with that ginger and spice following through.
A step up from the Vintage 2005 in my opinion. A much richer dram with a lovely mix of sweet and spicy. The ginger notes work really well with the honey and toffee to stop the whisky being overpoweringly sweet.
Taken from the Balblair Website:
The first release of Balblair 1999 is copper bronze in appearance.
On the nose there are the signature Balblair aromas: floral and fragrant punctuated with green apples, citrus fruits and vanilla. The American oak, ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak, ex-sherry butts used in maturation impart a rich spiciness and notes of leather, honey and chocolate.
On the palate honey and vanilla notes combine with a rich spiciness and sweet toffee, resulting in a full bodied Vintage.
The long lasting, smooth finish is sweet yet spicy.