Balblair launches new 1991 and 2000 editions
Balblair has unveiled the limited edition second release of its 2000 vintage and the third release of its 1991 vintage.
The premium whisky brand said the second release of the 2000 vintage has been matured for 13 years in American oak, ex-bourbon casks and five years in first fill Spanish oak butts. The liquid is bright copper in appearance and the nose is described as being full-bodied with aromas of seasoned oak, baked red apples and fruitcake, followed by warming vanilla and ripe tropical stone fruits.
This variant also features ground spices and old hardwood, which builds up to brighter flavours of tinned pineapple, bitter orange peels and honey. The finish graduates slowly with lasting sweetness, creaminess and notes of bitter chocolate.
The third release of the 1991, matured for 24 years in ex-bourbon, American oak casks with a further three years in first fill Spanish oak butts, does not disappoint, according to the company.
The release has rose gold highlights and a complex nose with rich citrus fruits and vanilla notes as well as toffee and chocolate. Notes of honey, winter spices and apricot with a hint of liquorice are imparted from the bourbon barrels and Spanish oak butts.
The whiskies are matured and bottled at one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland.
Matt Jamieson, Balblair’s global brand manager, said: “At Balblair, we only release our whisky when its ready and these new vintages are no exception. Both featuring a very different nose and palate, the 2000 and 1991 are exquisite drams which are sure to appeal to the most discerning of whisky drinkers.”
The distillery, which was established in 1790, is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Its location is linked to the process with its water source in the Allt Dearg burn water flowing nearby.
Balblair 2000 and Balblair 1991 will be available globally online and in independent and specialist retailers.