Aged: 43 years
Product of: United Kingdom
Distilled on 7th February 1969 and aged 43 years in American oak ex-bourbon hogshead casks, this is one of the oldest Balblair vintages to date. The 999 bottles released in November 2012 where, as is always the case with Balblair, non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at cask strength.
Back in 1969, when this was distilled, Balblair still operated its own on-site malting and the stills at were still direct coal-fired.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 03/01/2013
Clear, mid golden amber.
Pungent candied fruit, pear drops and stewed apples with vanilla oak.
While honeyed, this not the fruit-laden sweetie the nose might suggest. Green apple, pear and vanilla are and balanced by light smoky peat, citrus and dry nutty oak.
Pleasingly smoky finish with chargrilled pear and vanilla.