Balblair Distillery, Edderton, Highlands, Scotland
We can always count on our friends at Québec Whisky when the time comes to taste something rare. I was offered a mini of a whisky from one of the only Scottish distilleries currently working exclusively with vintages instead of age statements, Balblair. Well here is a sample so rare and old that it is a Balblair that displays just an age, 16 years to be more precise.
This 16 years was one of the most popular bottlings of the distillery before it passed to the vintage edition. Now rare, it is difficult to find on this side of the Atlantic, and again, its price is around 300 $ the bottle.
As the English lawyer and politician Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579) so aptly put it:
You have to eat spicy, but not both at the same time ...
Excessively wide legs on a hue so ambrée that one could call it "True Scotch" on the pallet Sico.
Honey and barley, strong cereal, spices and butterscotch. Slight smoke. It does not really shine, but I find it difficult to fault it.
Caramel and barley, cherry and vanilla. Fairly sweet, result of the lean 40% alcohol. Small leather that tells us that at least some of the used barrels formerly had to contain sherry.
A tiny metallic side that is easy to sweep away to make way for juicy barley, honey, oak, spices and grapes.
Another old edition that we will regretfully miss.