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The Grapes of Wrath come to mind when thinking about this youngest of the Balblair 'vintages'. Like the vintage movie classic, Balblair 1997 could become on of the classics. Well, at least based on my review...
The grapes are surely there and there's a little bit of wrath in the bitter aftertaste but I still like the full and fruity palate of this one. So I guess the grapes of pleasure would be more appropriate statement on Balblair 1997.
And because of its price, Balblair 1997 might as well be a whisky of the Great Depression (the era where Grapes of Wrath takes place).
Nose: Strong barley with the touch of fresh fruits. Mix of apricot, pineapple and lemon.
Taste: Very full and sweet, strong notes of green fruits like grapefruits, pears and apples. Gently oaky and spicy.
Finish: Long but not the best part. Bitter and lemony with hints of peat and spices.
Balance: Sweet and full with a touch of bitter notes at the end messing the palate a bit. Still, a good whisky, the bitterness is still okay as you can tell from the score.