Balblair

Aged 16 Years

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 12, Issue 48
Specifications
Brand: Balblair
Expression: Aged 16 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 16 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Tain, Highland, Highland, Scotland
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Quite lush and fruity. Medium sweet, softly malted but lashings of vanilla.
Palate: Confident and assertive-then the taste buds are treated to an outrageous outbreak of spicy, multi-layered oaky complexity. Earthy stuff.
Finish: Dark chocolate and raisins. Very, very long.
Comment: This is startlingly wonderful. Only for those who prefer a malt that talks. Brilliant.
9.0
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Gentle and rounded. New pigskin leather, dried flower. Moves into passion fruit, creamy toffee, ginger, ripe stone fruits and some light oak.
Palate: Good concentration: crisp cereal then runny chocolate and hazelnut, spices yet sweet and very soft.
Finish: Quite short, clean, spicy.
Comment: Just a tiny splash of water is needed. A lovely drink.
8.0
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Clean, soft, peatiness. Fresh spiciness. Apricots.
Palate: Cream-toffee. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon, oranges and lemon grass.
Finish: Lightly peaty. Cedary.
Comment: Much more life and structure.
7.8
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Light sea-breeze. Touch of wet cardboard. Pine needle. Milk chocolate. Honey. Apricot jam. Cider apples. Develops on soft creamy aromas.
Palate: Very sweet and smooth. Pears poached in spices. Marzipan. Caramelised apples.
Finish: Spicy, weakening steadily. Toasted almonds. Nutty.
Comment: An attractive character. Too much sweetness on the palate though.
7.8
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