Nose: Creamy vanilla and gentle wood influence, over a nice lemon meringue, and green apple peel, which is complemented by touches of nutmeg and icing sugar.
Palate: red apples, wood spices, and a nice woody bitterness, along with waxy notes , some oranges and honey, barley and some bitter wood, as well as hints of marzipan.
Finish: honey, sweet vanilla, wood shavings, cocoa. A bit dusty.
Conclusion: The 12 year old might be considered a ‘replacement’ for the 2005 as they are quite the same age. However, it is not quite the same, and its clear the guys at the distillery were not looking to replace a vintage but to create a new 12 year old expression which is the gateway to the distillery (as it is the youngest). This is a very nice summer / spring sipper, with the nice citrus/ wood interplay. Will Balblair fans like this? Probably so. At any rate , very nice intro to the distillery style. More on the 15 ,17 and 18 year olds in the coming posts. stay tuned!