Balblair Distillery has released some lovely vintages of whiskies matured in bourbon or sherry casks. I have previously reviewed vintages 1983, 2003 and 2005.
Here is some information about Balblair Vintage 1969 from Master of Malt:
Following the Balblair 1965, the distillery has dug deep into their stocks and uncovered some single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled in 1969! It was bottled in 2012 after spending 43 years in ex-bourbon remade hogsheads. 999 bottles of this extraordinary whisky were produced.
This whisky was produced at a time when the distillery malted its own barley on site and the stills were coal-fired. It is bottled at 41,4 ABV.
Vanilla and lemon juice on the nose. Lots of lemons! Mint and eucalyptus, and pine needle. Very fresh and elegant. Vanilla, sugar syrup and peanut shells on the palate. Surprisingly dry. There is lemon zest and mint, but I had expected it to be more smooth. It feels a bit ‘rough’ on the tongue. The finish is a watery, dry and nutty.
My score: nose 22 / taste 21 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 85
Image from The Whisky Exchange.
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