The Single Malts of Scotland

Aged 40 Years

ABV 42.8%
REVIEWED Issue 54
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Specifications
Brand: Balblair, The Single Malts of Scotland
Expression: Aged 40 Years
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 40 years old
ABV: 42.8%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Awards
Recommended
Issue 54
Tasting notes
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Musty. Apples and pears drying on racks. A hint of crystallised violet. Then a more earthy profile. Wet pine needles. Dead leaves.
Palate: Fresh but mellow. Lots of honey. Roasted almonds. Currants and dried apricots. Candied pineapple. Spices take over fruit.
Finish: Long, lingering, warm. Star anise, drying out on an oaky edge.
Comment: Old and complex but keeping fit. A rich character, to be enjoyed right now.
8.5
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Everything here is pastel-shaded: flowers, Edinburgh rock, apple cake, grass, ginger. Well balanced. Highly oily, suggesting good age almost into varnish, old book shop, dried fruit, beeswax.
Palate: A little disappointing after such an excellent nose. Like many old whiskies it has a fragility to it. Tannins a little high. The fungal depth of old Cognac.
Finish: Long, tannic then fades quickly.
Comment: Highly perfumed. This needs time to open. Worth a look. Good price!
8.0
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Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Tain, Highland, Highland, Scotland
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