Balblair, founded in 1790 by John Ross, is one of the oldest operating Scottish distilleries.
In 2007 Inver House Distillers (the owners of Balblair since 1996) completely changed the package (bottle and label) as well as the marketing strategy. They started branding their single malt by distillation year instead of age and the decision proved to be right. Balblair 1999 Vintage 3rd Release replaced the award winning 2nd Release. It comprises whisky aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry butts and bottled at 46% abv.
Nose: delicate sherry notes, soaked raisins, orange peel, vanilla, caramel, rich Christmas cake, hints of cinnamon and cloves and little oak in the background.
Palate: soft and fruity, apples, peaches, oranges, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, honey-roasted almonds, cinnamon, ginger and subtle oaky bitterness.
Finish: pretty long and nicely balanced, vanilla, toffee, dried fruit, mulling spice, hints of leather and oak