2004 Sherry Matured

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 130
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Brand: Balblair
Expression: 2004 Sherry Matured
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Gavin D. Smith
Nose: Slightly earthy and leathery, with citrus fruit, mixed spices and cocoa powder.
Palate: Viscous in the mouth, with a surprisingly big, spicy hit of sweet, fruity sherry. This dries back to raisins, countered by honey and vanilla.
Finish: Very long, and spicy to the end, with a sherry and orange tang.
Comment: We tend to think that Balblair’s spirit character is best suited by ex-Bourbon barrels, but this is a good example of how well it handles sherry wood, too.
Taster   Joe Bates
Nose: Leather and woody aromas come to the fore along with rich, dried fruits.
Palate: Rich and sweet initially, making way from dry, spicy notes from those sherry butts.
Finish: Long-lasting, sweet vanilla mixes warming spice.
Comment: Quite an intense, complex dram. A little water helps this whisky really bloom.
Visit the distillery
Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Tain, Highland, Highland, Scotland
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