Balblair Distillery was founded in 1790 what makes it one of the oldest operating Scottish distilleries.
The last change of ownership took place in 1996, when Inver House Distillers acquired it from Allied Domecq. Balblair has always been highly regarded by blenders but in the last decade almost entire output has been bottled as single malt. In 2007 Inver House took new approach towards the brand and started branding it by distillation year instead of age, they also came out with new packaging – unique bottles and labels. Consequently Balblair was repositioned as premium product and started getting well-deserved attention. Here we have 1997 Vintage, whisky distilled soon after Inver House took over, aged in white American oak barrels and bottled in 2010.
Nose: floral and fruity, oranges, limes, bananas, passion fruit, sweet cereals, sugared peanuts, vanilla, candied ginger and hints of hay.
Palate: very smooth, vanilla cream, honey, sultanas, marzipan, apricots, oranges, banana bread and delicate nutty and oaky notes.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of honey, vanilla, apple pie, candied orange peel, hints of white pepper and lemon grass.