The vintages Balblair series often have unequal qualities, greatly varying a year from an other. This 97, last 43% one before the passing to 46%, will leave a nice memory to those who will taste it, in the typical vein of the distillery…
Nose : It’s soft and already very melted. We immediately find white flower and almond biscuit notes. We well perceive the honey that covers the whole and, thus, rounds it up. The opening brings soft notes of white cholate, banana and lime. Easy because very soft, but quite hard to untangle like it’s often the case with the melt we find in Balblair. It’s pretty light but the flavors aren’t set to the background. A pleasant nose.
Mouth : We have a silky texture and a very round mouth with an attack on white flowers that lingers on malt and chestnut cream. It’s here that the melt seems to lack a bit of power, even if a spice supply wakes it up a bit. It remains elegant and pleasant.
Finish : Too bad it’s that short with white flowers (kind of lonely), that let the alcohol appear. The aftertaste crumbles a bit, keeping floral touches.