Balblair Distillery sits in Tain, fairly close to Glenmorangie Distillery. It was founded in 1790, what makes it one of the oldest operating Scottish distilleries.
The name Balblair means “battlefield” and was possibly coined when the Vikings invaded this part of Scotland about a thousand years ago. The distillery is owned by Inver House Distillers, who acquired it from Allied Domecq in 1996. Since 2007 Balblair single malt has been widely marketed by distillation year instead of age and the brand sales are steadily increasing. The first 2017 release of Balblair 2004 Vintage was launched exclusively for Travel Retail and comprises whisky aged exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels.
Nose: malty and fruity, mango, pineapple, oranges, honey, brown sugar, almond butter, hints of nutmeg and delicate oaky notes.
Palate: sweet and spicy, vanilla, honey, breakfast cereals, apples, oranges, roasted nuts, white pepper, nutmeg and oak.
Finish: medium long, slightly waxy, with notes of vanilla, baked apples, hints of citrus and oak.