Balblair 12 Year
Balblair // Highlands, Scotland
Launching in April 2019 in select markets, owner Inver House Distillers has revamped its Balblair portfolio replacing its vintage releases with age statement versions. The 12 year matures in American oak ex-bourbon and "double-fired" American oak. Bottled at natural color with no chill filtration at 46% ABV.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeAmerican oak ex-bourbon & "double fired" American oak
"The nose is a little shy at first. Very light and it takes a while to open up, but then it goes right into apple cider territory, accompanied by hints of vanilla, coconut and oak shavings, but also lemon and sour beer. There's a pleasant oiliness on the palate with a hint of chili pepper and a certain oaky bitterness, as well as a bit of green apple and soft notes of barley husks. A touch of ginger too. A nice entry-level whisky that compares favorable to the previous young vintage releases."