Highland single malt Balblair has replaced the 2003 in its core range with its new 2005. The ex-bourbon-cask aged whisky joins 1999, 1990 and 1983 in the vintage scotch specialist's core range.
This latest addition was laid down in 2005, and put into bottle in December 2015, allowing it to be released in time for Burns Night this week. Distillery manager John MacDonald is responsible for selecting each cask, and identifying each one's optimum maturation point.
'The 2005 offers the next stage in flavour profile displaying complexity as well as refreshing citrus notes,' said Mark Steven, Balblair's brand manager. 'The 2005 completes our core consumer range, meaning we can offer Balblair consumers a whisky for every occasion.'
With natural colour and non-chill filtration, the 2005 clocks in at 46% abv. It's light in colour, and light on its feet too, with some bright citrus-oil notes upfront, backed by honey and oats, as well as an oaky character. There is some light and attractive honeyed sweetness on the palate, followed by some herbal, spicy notes, and a fresh, slightly-bitter finish. A lively, lucid single malt, that would suit a sunny summer afternoon.
£43/70cl, Inver House Distillers, 01236 769 377