Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Highlands, Scotland
Last and not least, for the evening Balblair de Québec Whisky, which all took place in the comfort and safety of the homes of club members. From her home too, the American ambassador of the distillery, Steph ridgway, assured the presentation.
We end in force with the most spirited whiskey from their “Core Range”, the 18-year-old Balblair. Like all Balblair, we begin aging in American ex-bourbon oak barrels. This one will continue in first fill Spanish oak barrels, like its 15 year old little brother. The Killer Question: Are you worth $ 200 in SAQ?
As the Norwegian black metal musician said so well Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993) said so well:
The counselors are not payers.
Simmered pears, salted caramel, vanilla and burnt wood. Chocolate and vanilla at the same time. Licorice, cinnamon and raisins. Solid.
Peaches and honey, vanilla, cream, oak and salted caramel. The barrels blend superbly with age. Grapes and oranges.
Pleasant length, interesting warmth. Raisins, honey and caramel. Vanilla and oak. A wave of red fruits arrives towards the end.
Balance: We ended up getting there. Balblair's base malt is a quality one. When we take the trouble to age it properly we are entitled to really good whiskeys. When will the Single Casks?
Note: ★ ★ ★ ★★