Balblair 2000

Balblair

Balblair 1989 and 1975 are amongst my all-time favourites, no big secret. Chris however has always preferred the much fresher and cleaner 1997. The 2000 vintage, bottled and released this year, is Balblair’s newest baby and is replacing the 1997 which is now set to be discontinued. I got to taste it yesterday and I have a simple piece of advice – start looking behind your sofa cushions for some pennies and prepare to get some serious value for money because this wee cutie is likely to be the bargain malt whisky of the year. Seriously.

Balblair 2000
ex-bourbon cask
43% ABV

Inside £30
No online retailers seem to have it yet…

Nose: Macaroon bar through and through… makes your head spin! Some fresh coconut and mango lingering at the back. Water opens up beautiful fresh and zesty tangerine and white grapefruit.

Taste: Zesty ground lemon peel and floral overtones with a touch of ginger and vanilla behind the scenes. Very mellow for the age, super drinkable.

Finish: Finishes bitter-sweet with fudge and vanilla flavours dominating and some dry oak shavings performing a fine balancing act.

Overall: A white table cloth. It is pristine and smooth yet there is a lovely texture and a firm feel to it. I want to rub it, lick it, put my face to it, wrap it all around me. And not because it is flashy and gorgeous but because it is simple, understated and elegant. I like Balblair 2000, I like it a lot in fact and you can probably tell. It is a cracker and with a price tag likely to show something inside £30 this is a must-have this summer.

Lucas

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