Recently I reviewed the Glenfiddich Cask Collection that represents their current No Age Statement range right here. The best of the trio was the Reserve Cask that forms the sherry cask option and is priced at – well would you believe it – £49.99? Yet its night and day comparing that release to the Balblair we have right here. My advice is break away from the big brands and try other whiskies and bring some excitement into your predictable drinks cabinet. Right, review time.
Strength: 46% vol
Casks: American and Spanish oak ex-sherry butts
Additional: natural colour, unchill filtered
Price: £49.99 for a litre
Colour: cinder toffee
Nose: a touch of rubber which I always enjoy and see as a positive aspect. Then crushed ginger nuts, black pepper, furniture polish and cinnamon. A layer of sweetness arrives with apricots and oranges.
Taste: be very gentle with the water as a little practice pays dividends. Cranberries, ginger thins encased in dark chocolate and plasticine. The characteristic Balblair notes of vanilla and honey are evident. These are joined by walnuts, pecans and blackberries.
Overall a well priced contender if you’re off on your travels shortly. The bourbon version is very drinkable as well and maybe I’ll pick that up next time. If you enjoy the sweeter end of the whisky scale and are looking to try something new without hitting the sherry monsters of this world then this Balblair is an ideal stepping stone to a new dimension or a thoughtful gift.