Not long ago I wrote about the new Balblair members club “The Gathering Place”, members of which will be able to buy this single cask offering directly from the distillery. A really unique opportunity to score a single cask Balblair OB (Not many of those, none at all to be more exact). This bottling is special as it is a Cask Strength, and aged in a cask that previously contained Islay whisky. I was lucky to be given a sneak preview tasting of this lovely example, and as a lover of Balblair, I was not disappointed. Make sure you register the member’s club here, to be able to order one .
Nose: Starts rather floral with some flower petals, lavender, a bit of dirty, sort of earthy peaty undertone which makes it even nicer.Leafy, but also sweet, some exotic lychee and citrusy edge too. candied grapefruit peel. lovely
Palate: sweet and creamy, with that earthiness, choclate and truffle with vanilla and nuts, also a bit of peppery zing
Finish : Fruit, sweet, and some distant smoke that lingers.
A totally nice combination of fruity, earthy and smokiness. Great stuff from Balblair, and one of the best (if not THE best) OB I’ve had for a long time. Cracking stuff, with a twist. Get yours while they last, only about 150 bottles are around .
Official sample provided by Alembic Comms