N: Is that E150? - probably. Initially seems like a ’70’s blend, its rather sweet and fruity with fresh and dried apples [with apple skin potency too], over-stewed [burned] pears in a shortbread/rolled oat crumble with toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top lightly seasoned with white pepper. Theres a strange toasted-smoked oiliness here too along with orange essential oil and nutty soap. Curious but enjoyable apple/candy, floral~fresh, grassy sweetness is the order of the day. Much to discover here.
T: Rather softer arrival than id imagined from the nose. Waxy, salted caramel with peppery oak shavings at first with spirit developing before becoming more buttery on development [if kept in the mouth], Theres is a roughness to this Balblair on the development but there are plenty of twists and turns to distract the palate. The malty-oaky-spirity, sour=sweetness is maintained into the finish. With water the arrival is sweeter but the development is similar but with more waxy caramel showing into the finish.
F: Sour=sweet tartness is maintained before the whole lot diminishes rather quickly but nicely and controlled. Grassy, oaky, fresh apple skin and dry oak remains for a second finishing phase. Theres a dry, oaky, mossy chalkiness at the death.
C: A turbulent journey dram but a good one nevertheless with plenty to be discovered along the way.
Scores a B-