The whole is enjoyable and totally quaffable at 52% (drinks 10% below, really, but has the structure of a cask strength dram), and its subtlety has its ups, mainly on the finale. But apart from that, I'm missing some fruits, some sexiness, some generosity. Balblair's incredibly fruity and wood-resiliant distillate has made it one of my favourites distilleries ; let's just say that this (good) whisky isn't one of the bottlings that are a reason for that.
Initially almost silent until it begins to show that "coastal" Balblair side I'd heard about : something around raw fish. Then a very precise bergamotte note takes the show, with some Cologne water, some nice subtle plums and a definite maltiness. Shy, naked, and extremely close to the base materials if not for a general vanilla note that rounds everything off.
The alcohol is perfectly integrated, which comes as a suprise at this age, so that's very nice. Again though, it might be lacking in the flavour department. Very naked, some varnished plums again, bergamotte, slightly waxy but very very buttery the longer you chew it, which is very enjoyable. Malty and vanilla-led again, but in a pleasant way.
Might be the best part, it's quite long, very round and buttery again, but this time with more complex notes like fresh oranges and woodruff (which rings a special bell to me as it is an aromatic herb used in a very specific wine specialty of my town).