In mid Balblair replaced their highly acclaimed and much awarded vintage range with a new range of age statement whiskies, I was lucky enough to partake in a twitter tasting of the 12, 15, 17 and 18 year old expressions and these are my notes and impressions of the 17 year old. Only available to pick up from Global Travel Retail outlets, so airports, ferry terminals etc, it is pleasing to see a Travel Retail Exclusive that carries an age statement and is not yet another of the Non Age Statement brigade that seemed to be constantly added to travel retail line ups. This dram reminds me a lot of the 15 year old in that i absolutely love the fruity juicy notes on the nose but the palate has gone more spicy, sour fruits and pith and peel, it is like both of these drams are ex bourbon forward on the nose but ex sherry forward on the palate, it is a really confusing time for my brain on these drams and i really just wished they were balanced one way or the other so that the palate and nose matched. This Balblair was tasted as part of the BalblairWhisky Tweet Tasting, thank you to Balblair for supplying the official samples.
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The original Balblair was built in , but the site was moved entirely in to take advantage of the just built Inverness to Wick train line. Following several changes of ownership, Balblair was bought by Inverhouse owners of Old Pulteney in Few bottlings came for the distillery until when a total repackaging and relaunch saw Balblair bottle by vintage rather than by age, with a unique and eye-catching design. The quality of the whisky being just as good as the design is testament to the 21st rebirth of this old distillery.
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