Balblair is one of Scotland's most under-rated distilleries. You'll find it on the road from Inverness to Wick in the most North Easterly part of Scotland close to Glenmorangie and Dalmore. The air here is meant to be the purest in the United Kingdom and until relatively recently the distillery's standard offering was called Elements. But the whisky was relaunched a few years back and instead of an age statement its various expressions are now marked with a year representing a vintage in a similar way to wine. The new vintage is the 2002 which was released in September 2012. Balblair are owned by Inverhouse, who own 5 distilleries.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Creamy, fluffy red apples, yellow fruit, gentle and sweet.
Palate: Pear, sweet apples, tinned apricot, very sweet and then sharp and spicy. Vanilla ice cream.
Finish: Warm and fluffy.
Retails for around £40