Balblair distillery is located in Edderton, Ross-shire, Scotland, in the Highland region of Scotland. It was established in 1790, and is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland. It is currently owned by Inver House Distillers. Balblair is one of the two distilleries that releases vintages of their single malt, rather than putting age statements on the bottle (the second distillery is Glenrothes). All of the expressions are released in very small quantities, with a lot of care and attention to detail, which makes Balblair one of the best single malts on the market.
Balblair 1969 vintage is truly a masterpiece, this rare whisky was distilled in 1969, matured in ex-bourbon hogsheads for 43 years, and bottled in 2012 at natural cask strength of 41.4% alc/vol, non chill-filtered and natural color. Only 999 bottles released. Every bottle comes in a nice wooden box, accompanied by a set of paperwork hand numbered and signed by the master distiller John MacDonald.
NOSE: Reserved at first, elegant, notes of spice, apples, pear drops, mint and warm hint of smoke.
PALATE: Complex, fruit sweetness, oak spice, vanilla.
FINISH: Long, fruit notes linger.
Final note: Truly incredible, unforgettable experience.