Balblair – 1999 – Tasting Notes

At Maltstock we tasted in the masterclass from Balblair the 1999 expression that replaces the 1997 Vintage. It is matured in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak, ex-sherry butts. 

On the nose it has some wood mixed with sweet, light floral, green apples, lots of citrus notes, fruit cake, caramel, rich vanilla, milk chocolate and a hint of leather and plums

On the palate a bit dry cocoa and oatmeal cookie. Bit sharp lemon at first, then vanilla, dark chocolate, hint of espresso and some honey. Fudge, vanilla crème, banana and almost some notes of chuppa chup bubble gum sweetness.

A medium length finish with fresh tropical fruits in there, with some sharp citrus remaining and custard crème. Like it but not going wild, missing something in it but not sure what. Giving it a 7 out of 10 for now. Leaves me with a bit warm milk cream mouth feel. It has lots to offer, but maybe the spices aren’t prominent enough? Can something be too balanced?


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