Balblair 2003

Balblair 2003
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Identity Card

  • Official bottling from Balblair Distillery (Highlands)
  • 2003 vintage single malt Scotch whisky
  • Alcohol: 46% ABV

Über-decent son-in-law

Tasting notes

Colour: Maturation in (refill?) ex-bourbon casks expresses itself in a pale straw Chardonnay colour.

Nose: Fresh citric notes, a Balblair signature. Lemon and mandarin peel. Honey sweetness and vanilla are developing into a meringue straight from the oven, butterscotch and sweet fruits. Pineapple and apricots. Adding water transforms the sweet aroma’s into fresh oak and winter spices (cinnamon, ginger and pepper).

Taste: The spices are ubiquitous. Bitter and soft oak, white pepper and Laos powder. The fruitiness is driven to the back and less sweet. This reminds me more of oranges and grapefruits.

Finish: Short, powerful and spicy. A ginger-orange infusion to enjoy a cold winter evening.

Conclusion: Balblair 2003 is targeting an all-round audience with its sweet and spicy flavours. A dram to convince non-whisky lovers.