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Little Duos, at this time Balblair


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Hello, that is considered one of our (virtually) each day tastings. Santé!



February 7, 2022


Beautiful Distillery, on the way in which to Brora (type of). We have had some beautiful time up there, particularly when these gorgeous official 1966s and 1969 that they have been having have been nonetheless accessible for a value of, ach, effectively, £100. Beautiful individuals, at that. We like to attempt Balblair.


Balblair 17 yo (46%, OB, travel retail, +/-2020)

Balblair 17 yo (46%, OB, journey retail, +/-2020) Four stars

This one was completed in ex-Spanish oak sherry wooden, a fairly Glendronachian set-up. Let’s have a look at if it hasn’t misplaced part of its ordinary fruity and floral brightness. Color: gold, surprisingly pale provided that it was sherried-up. Nostril: walnuts and bitter almonds a bit in the way in which at first, but it surely’s quickly to undergo to the pastry corridor, with some nougat and macaroons (that almondy facet once more), plus actually loads of marzipan, turon and simply sesame oil. Fruit Loops, additionally fairly some beeswax. Superior nostril, I believe. Mouth: a little bit bit on the spicy facet this time, and that is presumably the Spanish oak. Strikes in direction of speculoos and gingerbread liqueurs (certainly, some of us make ans promote gingerbread liqueur), with additionally good pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom powder, then we’ve zests and bitter orange marmalade. What you will not discover and which was in these previous Balblairs I used to be mentioning are tropical fruits. Or maybe simply banana skins? End: fairly lengthy, spicy and almondy. A tiny contact of rose jelly or Turkish delight within the aftertaste, however do not quote me on that. Feedback: a barely intermediate Balblair, which I discover excellent even when I’d have a tendency to love the brighter ones a little bit higher.

SGP:551 – 86 factors.

Balblair 33 yo 1988/2021 (54.4%, OB for LMDW, bourbon, cask #2249, 102 bottles)

Balblair 33 yo 1988/2021 (54.4%, OB for LMDW, bourbon, cask #2249, 102 bottles) Five stars

Color: gold. Nostril: I might merely write ‘Balblair’ and name this a tasting observe. Pink bananas, dandelions, beeswax, papayas, mirabelles and acacia honey. Caraway and fennel seeds are chiming in after a short time, additionally juniper, additionally some previous resinous woods, thuja, ‘previous Buddhist temple’… Stunning – and peaceable. With water: a beautiful wee sourness (morello cherry juice) plus almonds, fruit stones, dunnage, previous hessian, earth and the biggest bag of bananas ever. We’re speaking correct fruits, not sweets or gums. Mouth (neat): I would swear I get echoes of Bertie Cummings’ cask (Balblair afficionados ahoy). Bananas, honeys, peppermint liqueur, cedarwood, touches of mangos, cinnamon powder… With water: swims completely regardless of all the numerous grassy oak spices which might be coming to the floor. Extra on fruit peel, maybe. Perhaps a contact of cardboard. On second thought, don’t add any waters. End: medium, brighter once more, virtually citrusy. Peppery oranges. The aftertaste is extra on Alpenöl, Ricola and ‘stuff like that’. Verbena. Feedback: completely excellent, I am simply not completely certain water must be added. Ought to we ask the temperance league?

SGP:661 – 90 factors.

Keep in mind, as somebody as soon as stated (cannot bear in mind whom, may be, err, your really), ‘If music is a approach to embellish time, whisky is a approach to rejoice it.’ Proper, undecided I used to be in full kind on that very day.









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