Balblair 2002, 46%

Price: $63 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This 2002 expression of Balblair replaces the previous 2001 vintage as the ‘entry level' bottling. It is naturally colored and non-chill filtered, in line with the rest of the Balblair range, and has been matured in bourbon barrels. Fizzy lemonade, banana skins, and violets on the nose, with soft caramel developing in time. Fruit and nut milk chocolate on the palate, with ripe apples and vanilla. Long, floral, and lively in the finish. £40