Today’s entry is a mini of Balblair 1997 (bottled 2013), in the old bottling style with the embossed vine on the glass.
The colour is a light gold. On the nose the dominant note is lemon meringue pie with a hint of peat (?), some herbs (parsley, sage) and overripe pear. Heather honey. Floral, a bit more so with water. Not demanding or challenging but very lovely.
On the palate it becomes more herbal with some light milk chocolate, lemon pith, hint of clove and toasted oak. Very honeyed. Sweet malt. Water makes it a little bit more chocolatey. Quite a bit of complexity, and mouth-wateringly delicious.
The finish is lemon-pepper, some ginger and buttery pastry. This is a classic Highland malt, herbal, fruity and with real complexity. Excellent.
Love it. I’m down to the last dregs of my bottle and yearning for more. Also have the 2000 which is also a killer dram.
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