Archive For The “Balblair” Category

12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season again, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday so gift buying is about to kick into high gear! Should we perhaps institute Whisky Wednesday for crazy sales on amber joy? I’ll start with this post! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make…

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Balblair 1991 Single Sherry Cask 1712 – TWE Exclusive (51.9%)

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Balblair 1991 Single Sherry Cask 1712 – TWE Exclusive (51.9%)

Balblair should be a heavily favored distillery among anoraks, as this Highlands distillery has forsworn the use of chill filtration and artificial coloration, as well as the production of NAS whisky. With that move, the distillery switched to using only vintages, and the age is to be deduced by the drinker from the bottling date, also…

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

Facebook is full of secret whisky associations, and the most secretive of those, with only 104 of the most discerning whisky nuts, is the WFFA. While I can’t say any more about the group, since one can’t ask to join it, and as two of the three rules the group has were taken out of Chuck Palahniuk’s…

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Balblair 1999 (46%) – Whisky Review

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Balblair 1999 (46%) – Whisky Review

Balblair has been sticking to vintages, in lieu of age statements, and it seems to be working pretty well for the brand. You can always find, in the ever changing core offerings by the distillery a 10 year old (currently 2005) 12-13 year old (currently 2003) a 15-18 year old (currently 1999) and some chosen vintages…

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Balblair 1990 (2nd Release), 23 Year Old (46%)

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Balblair 1990 (2nd Release), 23 Year Old (46%)

Balblair’s rebranding and move from age stated whiskies to exclusively serving up vintage tagged whisky was a brilliant move. With it, though, comes the fact that when more than one expression of a vintage is released, you have to go to numbered releases. This is the case with the 1990, which sported a first release…

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A Balblair 17 Masquerading as a Maritime Highlander in an Old Malt Cask

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A Balblair 17 Masquerading as a Maritime Highlander in an Old Malt Cask

Continuing with the Old Malt Cask bottling with which we finished the series of the independent bottler masterclass reviews, we now turn to some other OMC bottlings, shared with me by my friend Manny, which will be reviewed over the next few weeks, not as a series, rather sprinkled over that period. If you want…

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The Balblair Sherry Bomb – Balblair 2000 – Single Cask Oloroso Sherry

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The Balblair Sherry Bomb – Balblair 2000 – Single Cask Oloroso Sherry

After completing my reports on the three days of TWE’s Whisky Show (Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3), I turn to the show exclusives. You’d think the highlight of those would be the two Karuizawa releases by ONE, but they’re not. It’s actually this Balblair that came of of nowhere. There were 588 bottles…

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