Balblair 15 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 15 year matures in American oak ex-bourbon and finishes in first-fill Spanish oak sherry butts. 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, finished in first-fill Spanish oak sherry butts
"A spirited older brother to the 12 year old Balblair. The aromas are distinctively oaky with fresh sawdust. A bit harsh and alcohol forward. The palate is more fruity than expected, oily mouthfeel with alcohol burn followed by a tannic medium finish. Not overly complex, Spanish oak seems very aggressive on this one."