Balblair are doing all the right things by all accounts. I’ve somehow managed to miss out on trying any so far but when scouting for birth year whiskies I thought of this, and Johnnie Stumbler was kind enough to send me a sample (read his review here). Its very good.
Nose – Oh man, deeply good. Deep, sexy and supple, ancient wood, almost smoky – what a nose! Rich, balanced tropical fruit, banana and mango salad. There’s some kind of Asian edge to this with the savoury nose and some fresh, light gunpowder.
Body – Ripe, baked apple, cereal backing, good sharpness and a delicious, savoury almost musky note to it.
Finish – Very long, sechuan peppercorns, a citrus sweetness like lemon sherbets, great side of the tongue action. Extreme balance. One of the best finishes I’ve experienced.
What's not good about it: A little astringent if you’re just expecting a warm bath.
What’s good about it: Stunning in every way, nose is beautiful, finish is perfect.