N: Wine cordial, ripe sweet pineapples, bananas and other sweet fruits, honeyed floury pancakes with blueberries, pecans or walnuts. The bourbon cask is clearly evident. Straight forward mature sweet bourbon wood spirit with that characteristic fresh fruit balblair youthfulness.
T: Rich, intense banana/pineapple sweetness, turning into honeyed wine coupled with a strong and bitter citrus edge. A floury note develops in the middle, available for a chew. Everything lingers for ages. Adding water evens out the sweet and sour for more of a honeyed balblair '89 experience. As I'm getting to the end of this bottle now: complex sweet intense wood-spice arrival which warrants chewing after it develops into a sweet honeyed citrusy wine.
F: Slowly diminishing fennel, soured lemons, citrus fresh fruit malty finish with carob chocolate. There's a clear cocoa driven finish here, some soapy maritime notes but its dark cocoa chocolate slides effortlessly home. Simple and delightful.
C: A simple malt in many respects and although certainly not balblair's finest hour, there's much to enjoy. It always amazes me how Balblair's retain their youth. This a 17yo but is in someways similar to the young Swedish Brukswhisky in taste. Overall the ’95 lacks complexity but is still very enjoyable, even in a very hot Mexico.
Scores a C+