Balblair 2005 1st Release
Balblair // Highlands, Scotland
Bottled in December 2015, Balblair 2005 is the latest vintage release and replacement for the producer's 2003 vintage that was released in 2013. After aging in ex-bourbon American oak barrels, this non-chill-filtered expression is bottled 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.
"Pour this and give it a moment to shrug off the aroma of paint thinner. Afterwards what remains is a class act whisky. Green bananas and mild iodine make for a humble aroma, but the palate turns on the charm with lots of silky cream malt, plantains, and a light earthy finish of salinized peat. There’s no long finish or anything flashy here. It’s subtle yet powerfully pleasing."