Saturday, June 5, 2010

Balblair Distillery

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Balblair Single Malt Scotch
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"Many single malt Scotch whiskies distinguish between their expressions with an age statement, rightly proud of the long maturation their distillates have undergone.
At Balblair we have pursued a Vintage statement by which to differentiate our various expressions. In doing so, we take a complementary approach between age itself and the fundamental character of the spirit that is Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The ageing process plays a significant role in the maturation of fine single malt Scotch whiskies. The interaction of the spirit with the oak barrels and the environment in which they are matured is fundamental to the character of the final distillate. However, over and above this, is the character of the spirit itself.
Every distillery is different. Its location. Its water source. Its still shape. Its wood policy. In fact, there are a myriad of variables. With Balblair we go one step further. Our Vintage whiskies are hand–picked, specially selected 'years' that represent the very best whisky the distillery has to offer.
Every year our Distillery Manager, John MacDonald selects only those whiskies that have reached their exact point of 'optimum maturation', the absolute peak of perfection.
The casks not selected, are simply not chosen because they have not yet reached their absolute best. They are left to quietly mature further in our warehouse.
In certain cases these Vintage releases may demonstrate pure Balblair characteristics, whilst others may highlight the effects that a single cask can have on this character." -- Balblair

Balblair Vintage 1997 (12 year old)...$42.99 / 750ml
"This full-bodied malt is fused with the citrus aromas of pineapple, apricot and lemon to create a long-lasting sweet finish. On the nose, the American oak barrels, used in the distillate's maturation, produce an inviting, spicy fragrance.
Subtly amber in appearance with rose gold highlights this 1997 vintage has hints of oak, spice and raisin, combined with the sweetness of vanilla to create a long-lingering, creamy smooth finish on the palate." -- Balblair
Appearance: Amber with rose gold highlights.

Aroma: Fused with the aromas of pineapple, apricot and lemon.
Palate: Hints of oak, spice, raisin and sweet vanilla.
Finish: Finish Long-lingering, creamy smooth.

Balblair Vintage 1991 (18 year old)...$109.99 / 750ml
Bottled 2009 - Unchill-filltered
"A full bodied malt with aromas of oranges, grapefruit and lemon, hints of chocolate and leather can also be detected. The American oak barrels used in the distilliate's maturation, lend a warm toffee, vanilla fragrance. On the palate it is sweet, slightly spice with traced of butterscotch and orange: smooth to start leading to a long-lasting, warming finish.

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