N: Its not the first time a Balblair has smelt like a Lowlands – Bladnoch to be precise. Lets get into that sweet farmy lemon, soft grassy-sweet sponge, apple blossom [Malt Martin], and a soft/gentle ripe-veg/fruit pong hinting at a farmy/[bacon] smokiness.
T: Initially an edgy>coppery, citric>salty-cereal-malt arrival with a tiny farm note before hitting the ‘innocuous zone’, a zone that that later translates as malty-waxy chocolate. Even then, theres still a vagueness about its ‘middle’. Later on the arrival is more on salty-sweet stuff that melts in the mouth, water assisted. With small sips and plenty of water in the mouth I extracted quite some industrial/farmy complex with sweet liquorice & salted caramel. Blu-tac>wax capacitors into the finish.
F: Initially a fabric-bourbon finish [make of that what you will], with a subtle complexity lurking – concluding with fairly quiet bourbon=capacitor murmurings. As time passes, chocolate-y salted caramel from the palate lingers.
C: Not one of the 70’s greats but i think the distillery nailed those – the independents often producing non-Balblair-like Balblair. A decent lowland-style Highland malt with controlled sips earning it more marks.Scores a B[-]