N: Bubblegum, caramel, sherries fruits, not sure i smell Balblair in there atm. Rich spicy woody nose, similar to the 1975 but far sweeter with a more characteristic sherried nose. Ok, the bananas and pineapples are back, ok I'm back in Balblair territory. Prune juice, strong on dates [thanks connosr's Galg]. Having sampled first the 1990 2nd release and then the 1975, id say this shares the same denseness and fruitiness of the 1975 but has more in common with the '97 than the standard 1990 bottling. Wow, i just got syrup on pancakes, straight back home on Shrove tuesday, amazing. Butter, pepper, lemon juice and I'm in. Im getting some wonderful biscuit notes now, McVitties shortbread in the Harlesden air.
T: Fruity, sherry rich, peppery, orange rind, becoming a little hot, especially as theres no heat on the '75 or standard '90. Theres a fungal note, still very hot but some wonderful sherried honey notes to take you to a finish…..
F: .. coated in butter, some medicinal TCP flavour [laphroaig cask?], maritime notes and smoke - clearly, at the death.
C: Again, like the 1990 2nd release, initially its not overly impressive, but as time goes on, this simply grows on you. And most importantly, you can taste the Balblair signs melding delightfully with the Islay cask, this is a successful marriage indeed. I love the cask affect on the nose and especially the smoke and TCP on the finish, that really compliments Balblair aswell as the fungal note to balance the sweet. Lets hope Balblair have planned more of these experiments for the future because i really like this, its a thumbs up, can't fault the marriage
Scores an A-