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June 7, 2013


Two easy 10 yo Balblair

Shouldn't we expect a joyful, fresh and uncomplicated fruitiness made in Edderton? I've been to the distillery last week and it was all most pleasant, even if the modernisation of the visitor centre may have erased a part of the place's romantic side - which I had enjoyed so much seven or eight years ago.

Balblair 10 yo (40%, Gordon & MacPhail, +/-2005)

Balblair 10 yo (40%, Gordon & MacPhail, +/-2005) Colour: gold. Nose: this baby is surprisingly woody at first sniffing, with some sawdust and vanilla, then more honey and apple pie. It's relatively old school, lightly so if you see what I mean. Would rather go on with more fresh fruits and thus in modern 'official' direction. Peaches and gooseberries. Anyway, a nice fresh nose. Mouth: very light this time, but the fruitiness comes out. More apples and oranges this time, then the oak gets louder, with this feeling of sawdust yet again. Some nutmeg and cinnamon too. Finish: quite short, grassier and a little drying. Comments: my definition of a 75-points malt. I think this baby ought to be sipped on ice to tame the surprisingly big woodiness. SGP:341 - 75 points.

Balblair 2002/2012 (46%, OB)

Balblair 2002/2012 (46%, OB) Colour: white wine. Nose: less oak than in the G&M and more fresh fruits straight away. Naked fruits, I'd say, gooseberries, apples, cherries and touches of Belgian fruity beer, between gueuze and kriek. You know, these Belgian beers that our Belgian friends hate so much ;-). Quite some muesli too. Mouth: fruit galore, with good body and a white-oak profile behind all that. Apple juice, berries, then more chamomile tea and maybe other teas, peaches (and peach skin), then the custard comes more to the front, together with some cinnamon. Wood spices. Finish: medium length, with good balance between the fruits and green spices. Touches of bubblegum. Comments: it's young and not ueber-complex but the fruitiness is most pleasant. Sort of refreshing - and I like the fact that they don't seem to do much wine finishing. Thank you! SGP:441 - 81 points.

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