Balblair 2002 Vintage Whisky

on Jul 31 in Uncategorized by dan

Recently, as part of a whisky ‘media crew’, I was invited to taste some of the vintages from the Balblair range. I found the concept of vintages to be an interesting one, and speaking to some intersting people from imbibe, band managers, some MOM people and on to a few fellow bloggers; we all agreed that all the Balblair whiskies we tried were winners. The Vintage concept is very good at keeping enthusiasm for whisky fresh and all the whisky we tried were fantastic. Even the youngest of the vintages was great easy drinking. That should mean the 2002 talked about below should be right up there on your whiskies to try list:

International Beverage Holdings is delighted to unveil the first release of the 2002 Vintage of Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It replaces the 2001 as the most accessible Vintage in the core range.

As with every current release of Balblair, this expression is non-chill-filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46%. Coupled with traditional production methods, this policy results in a single malt of rare quality.

Balblair 2002 is sparkling gold in colour. The nose features signature Balblair aromas; it is floral and fragrant with zesty citrus fruit, specifically orange and lemon. Maturation in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels has imparted toffee and vanilla notes. On the palate it is full-bodied yet sweet and spicy in character with notes of orange, lemon, green apple, toffee and vanilla. The finish is typically long; the floral and fruit notes develop and combine with the initial spice and sweetness from the American oak casks.

Distillery Manager John MacDonald observes of his latest selection: “The 2001 Vintage is deliciously vibrant but I am sure that single malt enthusiasts the world over will enjoy the full-bodied sweetness of this American oak-driven expression just as much – if not more.”

Andy Hannah, Brand Manager, states: “Balblair has become established as a favourite of discerning whisky drinkers worldwide. As well as being the only distillery solely releasing vintage malts, the contemporary packaging design sets it apart. The 2002 perfectly illustrates our philosophy of ‘Vintages Timed to Perfection’ which will be activated in key markets later this year.”

Balblair 2002 Vintage is available at £40.00 in key markets (France, Russia, UK and USA).

Many thanks to Marcin for the invite and a top draw evening around London. We are pleased to recommend this whisky not based on favors but on that actual quality and taste.

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