One more then, though what can beat that? Perhaps the oldest Balblair I’ve ever tried.
N: Which fruits shall I talk of first and in which forms? This contains more soft ripe oozing fruitiness than you could ever want, a fruitiness that falls into complex oak-aged crystallised flame banana-like sugars with a hint of dry peat and brown paper envelopes almost turning into putty oils before the flowering shrubs appear. On the other hand, the nose appears light at times [40% abv!] and bourbon-y [in the cask sense], but nothing like contemporary bottlings – nothing! We grab the current official 12yo to compare [see notes that follow].
T: The palate is very G&M generic [a taste profile I’ve commented on, on numerous occasions], and frankly disappointing after a simply stunning nose [and the previously stunning 10yo that wouldn’t have helped this one’s course]. What we have then is a short block of syrupy/molasses-sweet sugars with some OBE woodiness into a sour bitterness.
F: Ends quickly with bitter > sour tannic barley before disappearing into a warren.
C: What a nose . The rest . Scores 88 points overall.