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Review: Balblair 1995

September 20th, 2011

Balblair 1995, 46%, $80 (1 liter)

The latest Balblair release is a 1995 vintage expression, exclusive to global travel retail outlets. Matured in second-fill bourbon casks, Balblair 1995 is non-chill filtered and naturally colored. Initially very fruity on the nose, with peaches and carnations, icing sugar on bonbons, then a faint sprinkling of black pepper. Stewed fruits on the early palate, full and confident, with developing spices and brittle toffee. Relatively lengthy in the finish, with dark chocolate and soft oak. —Gavin Smith

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91

7 Responses to “Review: Balblair 1995”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    I probably care less than most about this but– Where’s the number :)

  2. bj reed says:

    Balblair is another gem of a distillery and was happy when Inverhouse decided to invest in marketing it more heavily.

  3. lawschooldrunk says:

    I actually loved their 16yo non-vintage. I wish they’d bring that back. I’m not particularly a fan of their vintage releases (and inflated prices).

  4. two-bit cowboy says:

    I like the 1997 and think $50 isn’t bad. Lots of 10 yo whiskies are much more.

    • mongo says:

      i like it very much too, and it goes for about $39+tax in most minneapolis region stores.

      • two-bit cowboy says:

        I see it for a buck less than your prices in one of the California shops, but I wouldn’t give up our dirt streets, 200″ of snow a year, and 60 mph winds to get it for that price.

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