Part 5/8 of a Balblair range share. Before this I have tasted the standard 12, 15, 18, and also a ‘05 vintage (#116591).
That’s weird. Blindly tasted I would swear this is an older bottling of Glenlivet 12yo... apple, pear, tropical fruits, honey toffee, sweet and sour, you know the drill. But with a little more body thanks to the 46%. I know this is an highlander but it could be easily taken for a Speyside. It fits the profile perfectly. Unfortunately everything on the nose is middle of the road. It doesn’t have anything special to offer.
Initialy it’s soft, sweet and gentle. Right after that it’s white pepper and bitter wood influences allover the place. Water makes the taste collapse instead of improving it. Fragile it is.
Short. A tad sharp, bitter and dry. Again white pepper. Very onesided and not a lot to offer. To much spiciness going on to really differentiate a lot of specific flavors.
By far the worst of the 5 Balblair whiskies so far.
The nose and early palate are fine but it’s all down hill from there with this Balblair. First it’s vanilla and nice ripe fruits. That turns into a spicy, peppery and a tad bitter development and finish. Not my cup of tea.
Fresh apple, caramel barberry, vanilla. Sour berries. Sweet pie with apples. Slightly spirituous. 21
Spirituous, the first sip of even scalding. Then you get used to it, everything becomes not so bad. Boiled condensed milk, sour berry juice, generously diluted with alcohol. Lemon. 19
From medium to long. Suddenly, a hint of salt is added. Warming, pleasant. 22. Balance - 19. More likely, non-drinkable. More like an Irishman or a spacer than a Highlander. Some razboltanny: a good nose, a floppy taste, but surprisingly nice finish.