The KOTQ has enjoyed 6 tastings from the Balblair distillery

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Distillery Region Open Blends
Balblair Northern Highlands 1790 – Today Unknown
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active Inver House The Allt Dearg 1,330,000 liters/year
       
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BALBLAIR yo 06Q4 – BALBLAIR 16 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

BALBLAIR yo 08Q2 – BALBLAIR 16 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Briny, charred
Medium-bodied
Sweet oak; salty at first
Warm and inviting for another sip
08Q2-Bluff
May 31st, 2008
Bop
Very tasty – a little bit of “wild peat”
Northern Highlandish
Becoming one of my favorite distilleries. I really like the heartiness of the Northern Highlands and this malt fits right in.
08Q2-Bluff
May 31st, 2008

BALBLAIR yo 12Q4 – BALBLAIR 16 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Lakeview
Amber
Sherry
Voluptuous
Toffee
Bring it on!
Going to miss it
12Q4-Bluff
December 1st, 2012

BALBLAIR 1983 15Q3 – BALBLAIR nas 1983 [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Cucumber. A deep inhale divulges some notes of the sea.
Light caramel, very smooth. No strong flavor spikes of any kind.
Watery at the end.
Appeared to me to be designed for smoothness at the expense of character. Over the 30 years the whisky master went for a fully integrated taste with consistency removing any roughness which is where a lot of the flavor is.
15Q3-Bluff
January 16th, 2016

BALBLAIR 1989 11Q4 – BALBLAIR nas 1989 [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Light
Citrus
Anna Kornakova
Apple lemon
Sweet then peppery
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Bop
Green apple
Banana on the front with a lemony citrus and a menthol type hit on the back
Very quiet and respectful
Very very delicious. An absolute must buy.
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012
Lakeview
Yellow
Butterscotch
Pop Singer
Starts off like crete, citrus and ends like Talisker 10
Smooth
Great scotch for every occasion and worthy of collection. Great one for newbies to single malts
11Q4-Bop
January 21st, 2012

BALBLAIR 1991 10Q4 – BALBLAIR nas 1991 [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Balgam
Caramel/wheat
Maple Taffy – candy
Ethel Woods
Heavier, pineapple, citrusy
Polish. Oak
More is better.
10Q4-Bluff
January 8th, 2011
Bluff
Maple syrup some salt
Bold viscous
Toffee vanilla
lingering
Really nice —
10Q4-Bluff
January 8th, 2011
Bop
Hard, raw maple and then a confectionery 2nd sweet such as salt water taffy
White pepper vanilla grilled pineapple in the end
Kind of dark and sticky
Kind of like the Willy Wonka multi-course dinner sucker. The longer you taste it the more flavors you get.
10Q4-Bluff
January 8th, 2011
Hoopie
More but still not much color
Honey and other sweet notes, there’s something else on nose
Mrs. Howard Stern more viscous
Sweet but not as sweet as nose says. Vanilla
Nothing stands out
10Q4-Bluff
January 8th, 2011
Lakeview
Orange creme dreamsicle with syrup
Megan Fox / supple youth
A vanilla
Tries to go Islayic at the end
I like it although it’s “Canuckian”
10Q4-Bluff
January 8th, 2011