The last whisky from the Balblair Twitter tasting. A 1975 release, probably to make us all fall in love with the distillery (and who wouldn’t if they’re this generous!).
Apparently they released batch 1 a few years ago and this one late 2012. The question by quite a few Twitter-tasters was why they watered it down to 46%, but I can see why you would do that. Some more bottles, more affordable, that kind of stuff.
Anyway, it would be nice to taste this kind of stuff at cask strenght, but I think those chances are getting more slim by the year as the popularity of whisky keeps increasing and old whisky gets more rare.
Old. That’s the first impression. Not in a negative way, far from it. But this certainly has some age to it, which mellowed it nicely over the decades (almost four of them). Leather and lots of oak (also in a good way). Slightly peppery still, with dry vanilla, Chesterfield arm chairs, and library with leatherbound books. A slight hint of varnish, pepper and a little touch of salt. It’s a fino cask which gives it a rather typical sherry note. Very delicious.
The goodness continues onto the palate with reine claude plums, wood and pepper and that fino sherry hint. I can’t describe that in more detail than ‘fino sherry’. A little syrupy still and I get some strawberries with aged balsamic vinegar. Dark chocolate and molasses too.
Hints of fino sherry still, with the addition of pear, grilled pineapple with those library and old books from the nose. Balsamic vinegar and fruit, pepper.
This whisky is spot on in every way. The fino sherry isn’t too in-your-face but if you pay attention you get that goodness. There’s fruit, there’s spices and the wood is never overpowering. Absolutely stunning and one I might buy for my birthday or another special occasion. As you might imagine an almost 40 year old whisky costs quite a bit but compared to any other distillery this comes in very cheap at £ 207.40.
Balblair 1975, 2nd release, 46%, available at Master of Malt for £ 207.40