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Balblair 2005 (2015, OB, 46%)

From time to time we like to give a look to Balblair’s core range, since we have fallen in love with the distillery during a Scotland journey. We had such a lovely experience at the distillery, where we discovered how complex Balblair can be: the new make is fruity, with a touch of highlander-styled minerality that we are always looking for. Here we go then! Balblair has a core range based on the “vintage” system and today is the turn of the 2015 batch from 2005 vintage. What?! Well, we have a 10 years old, all distilled during 2005, bottled in 2015. Do you want a clearer explanation?

N: initially some kind of naked profile stands out, between mineral (light peat?) and floral notes, followed soon by rich fruits, which anyway are not heavy at all. We have bananas peel and pear. A delicious feeling of wildflower honey coming through. After a while this whisky changes its tones and it becomes creamy, with soft hints of vanilla and custard. Citrus fruits zest.   

P: it’s really easy drinking and alcohol is well covered. Mouthfeel is thin but somehow soothing, with a clear and yet not annoying sweetness (caramel,  honey cereal bar). We have a lot of fresh citrusy notes, together with a soft vanilla touch. In the end we again come across that mineral and vegetal (fresh grass) undertones…

F: …that are responsible for a very clear finish. The mouth remains almost salty and smoothed by honey and flowers at the same time. 

Compared to other entry level bottlings from Balblair, this one is closer to our taste: easy to drink and simple for sure, it’s however well balanced between a polite sweetness, made by the typical Balblair’s fruitiness, and a cool herbal dimension. We like that style a lot and so we go for a 85/100.

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