...which was an ordinary standard dram upon the time of its release. And it tastes exactly like that - charming and smooth without flavour spikes or "show effects". Easy to sip (then and now) but given today's prices this is rather a collector's item.
The colour is old gold and I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose this very old bottling (never drink out of these blender's glasses because they turn the taste rather dull and unimpressive but they strongly enhance nosing). The Balblair offers a truly old-style nose on summer floral aromas, honeys, waxes, oils and earthy notes (forest floor). It is flawless and nicely balanced but not very impressive. Nonetheless I like it better than most of the wood-driven, unbalanced profiles of most modern drams (of comparable ages). It requires some time to fully enfold but it is worth to wait for that. By the way, out of a standard Glencairn glass this nose is much simplier and unimpressive (I go for 86 points there).
The taste is old-stylish too with adorable OBFs in a chewable honey-waxy-fruity mix. It is not layered and turns more toffee-ish upon chewing with some spices and wooden impressions added over time. No flaws or imbalance.
The dram arrives warming without distracting moments on the palate and immediately covers the whole of the mouth with a creamy coating. The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions, unfortunately. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram (but the OBFs grow stronger this way).