It’s no secret that I am a fan of Balblair, but it has been a while since I reviewed one. I bought this Balblair 2006 not so long ago in a local liquor store. I didn’t even know about this single cask. (Somehow this has missed my attention), so that it was still there was a total surprise to me!

And that’s the beauty of those local liquor stores without a webshop. Sometimes you can really find something there that you thought was nowhere to be found anymore. Despite the fact that I do buy most of my whisky online, this is one of the reasons that I regularly visit local liquor stores. It ensures that I often come home with something different than I initially had in mind. And I love that. It’s good to be surprised once in a while, right?

This Balblair has matured in a 1st fill American oak cask and is bottled at 57.1% ABV. Cask no. #697

Balblair 2006 tasting notes:

Nose: red fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries. A hint of coconut. Vanilla. Some fresh lemons in the background. Then red apples, which is followed by ginger. Oranges as well.

Taste: a nice layer of honey. The same red fruits as in the taste, but a bit less pronounced here. A little bit of vanilla and it’s somewhat salty. Some milk chocolate. Oranges. And a lovely warmth from spices, such as black pepper, cinnamon and cloves.

Finish: very long. Red apples. Ginger and black pepper. A hint of coffee, giving it just a little bitter edge.

I’m absolutely enjoying this Balblair. This is why I do like this brand so much. The lovely fruits, but there’s a nice kick of spices here too. Well balanced and it has an everlasting finish. Delicious stuff!