A new vintage, distilled in 2005, has been added to the core range of Balblair Highland single malt whiskies.
The entry-level Vintage 2005 scotch has become the fourth expression in the core range of vintages alongside the 1999, 1990 and 1983. It replaces the Vintage 2003 which was released in 2013.
Balblair is the only scotch to release exclusively vintage-statement whiskies, with each expression named after the year it was laid down in cask. All whiskies are hand-selected by Balblair Distillery manager John MacDonald for release when they are at the peak of perfection.
Balblair brand manager Mark Steven said: “The 2005 offers the next stage in flavour profile displaying complexity as well as refreshing citrus notes. The 2005 completes our core consumer range, meaning we can offer Balblair consumers a whisky for every occasion.”
Laid down in 2005 and bottled in December 2015, Vintage 2005 is bright and full of character, with ABV of 46%. Sparkling gold in appearance, it displays classic Balblair house aromas of green apple, ground spices and honey.
On the nose, oaky vanilla, leather and orange hints are present from its maturation in ex-bourbon American oak barrels. The palate is full bodied, yet sweet in character with hints of honey and toffee and the whisky culminates in a spicy, long finish, which is more pronounced than Balblair 2003.