Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's with Balblair

Happy New Year! A 19yr old A.D. Rattray bottling of Balblair ushered in this new year. This is only the 3rd bottling I have had from this private label. The Balblair comes at cask strength (61.8%) but did not change materially with water. Color was light gold, but clearly a sherry cask. Nose of ripe fruit (cherry) spicy oak and nutty malt notes. Palate was very rich - big floral, honey, zesty, oily and not too strong despite the cask strength burn. The finish was more wood than sherry i thought.
(Pictured bottle looks the same, but not the 19yr old)

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