Monday’s are extremely hard to get into but I’ll kick it off with a whisky brand I have not spoken about before and that is, Balblair.
Balblair is a highland whisky established in 1790 by Joss Ross. The distillery stopped producing whisky 1932 and did not resume production till after the Second World War. It was after the war that Robert James “Bertie” Cumming purchased the distillery and began producing the whisky again. On this day, Balblair is now owned by Inver House Distillers and in 2007 it was decided that they would only release Balblair as a vintage whisky.
The 21 year-old Balblair I had the opportunity of tasting was put out by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. It is a cask strength bottle and looks to be around $130-$140 if available. All the places I searched under indicated that the bottles were sold out. It seems to be a bottle that is hard to find, but if you do find it, I highly recommend trying.
Nose: oak, sherry and figs
Palate: sherry, chocolate, it’s fruity with notes of spices and oak
Finish: extremely smooth with ending notes of spices and sherry
I absolutely loved this whisky! It is smooth as butter. The notes are all perfectly balanced and I have always enjoyed a whisky bottle that is produced at cask strength. If you find it, I know the price is a little high, but for a 21 year-old at cask strength, it really is well worth the price. It’s a whisky with bold flavors that truly is amazing!
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.