Balblair Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Data

Category   Whisky

Sub-Category   Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin   Speyside

Retail Price   $55

ABV   46%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, crystal clear.

Aromatics

The nose is very seductive and complex offering scents of honey, white peach, apricot, toasted grain, butterscotch, citrus zest, lavender, and nutmeg.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a lush, fruity core with waves of fresh herbs, honeycomb, and orange with subtle cask notes on the finish.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with a rich, silky palate that while generous with fruit and grain never seems heavy as it's ideally balanced with bright, clean acidity.

Cool Factor

A

I'm a big fan of the Balblair malts that accentuate the vintage and the beauty of a malt spirit with wood utilized as an accent.

Value Grade

A

In today's market a Whisky of this class and style being sold for under $60 is a rare and beautiful thing.

Analysis

This charming Whisky is aged in ex-Bourbon casks and based on its appearance and flavor profile I would conclude that many of these casks are not first fill. Balblair does not add color to their Whiskies, which is always desirable to me.

How to Enjoy

Sip neat with a splash of water in a Whisky glass and don't dare add ice!

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