Balblair 2005, 46%

Price: $60 Issue: Summer 2016 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Launched in December 2015, the first release of Balblair's Vintage 2005 replaces the previous 2003 expression. This is the youngest bottling in the brand's portfolio. It was matured in bourbon barrels and is non-chill filtered. The nose is relatively light and fruity: vanilla, ripe bananas, honey, a wisp of smoke, and soft spices. Toffee, malt, vanilla, a biscuit-like note, more bananas, and new leather on the palate, closing with a lengthy, spicy finish.