Moving away from the distillery’s previous vintage-only approach, Balblair’s new range was released in 2019 and now proudly displays age-statements. The Balblair 25yo, the oldest in the range, is matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, and then moved to Spanish oak casks for further maturation. Non-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46%.
Nose: Indulgent overripe apricots and dark liquorice stand out against polished oak and a touch of saddle wax.
Palate: Full-bodied with oily citrus, chocolate praline and a faint note of fresh tobacco leaf.
Finish: Warming with smooth chocolate and blood oranges.