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 (despite that in 2019 the company returned to age destination). Here we have the second release of Balblair 2000 Vintage from 2018. The whisky was aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for 13 years then transferred into Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry butts for additional five years.
Nose: rich, honey, crème brûlée, raisins, dried apricots, oranges, toffee apples, vanilla, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves and toasted oak.
Palate: slightly oily, honey-roasted nuts, milk chocolate, bitter orange marmalade, baked apples, raisins, cinnamon, hints of pepper and candied ginger.
Finish: long, with notes vanilla cream, milk chocolate, raisins, Christmas spice, hints of leather and oak.