This exceptionally well-balanced dram has been maturing in first fill American oak, ex-bourbon barrels since 1997. The 2nd release of 1997 is on track to secure just as many recognitions and awards as the first release. Why not create a flavour wheel and share your flavour map?
The second release of Balblair 1997 is deep golden amber in appearance.
On the nose, there is an abundance of tropical fruits; bananas and pineapples, together with green apples, oranges and apricots. Hints of honey, vanilla and butterscotch can also be detected.
The taste is initially sweet, yet spicy and full bodied, which reflects the time spent maturing in first fill American oak, ex-bourbon barrels.
There is a long, spicy finish to this exceptionally well balanced, yet complex Vintage.
Our Vintages are intriguingly complex and satisfying. We capture the intense esters at the start of the spirit cut to give our Vintages the core characteristics of apricots, oranges, spices, floral notes and green apples. The heavier oils and lipids at the end of the cut are also captured, giving leathery, nutty and full-bodied characteristics.