Review Balblair ’79 OT & GM

Last month, I celebrated my 40 years of existence. May 11 to be precise and I shared my wishes via Twitter, a whisky to celebrate my birthday in style. I got a sweet little message from a fellow whisky enthusiast,Christophe, who wanted to send me a birthday gift that was just perfect.

Unfortunately @Coldorak and I couldn’t find a time or date for over a month. On Thursday 13th of June, we finally had some time to enjoy the whisky together.

It’s our party.

Balblair ’79 Official Bottling – 46%

  • Color: Lovely golden
  • Nose: Lovely apple, vanilla sticks, exotic influences, mango, cocos, pecan nuts, sweet lemon, mandarin, fresh toast (a bit burned), sliced papaya in a bowl of brown sugar and covered with hagelslag (small pieces of chocolate), plus hints of fresh pineapple
  • Taste: Complex, it is fresh and there is a lot of fruit. Vanilla, warm caramel, dark 95% chocolate with small pieces of white chocolate, ripe mango, peaches soaked in pineapple juice, licorice, sticky and a hint of mint leafs, lemon peel, cinnamon and salty popcorn
  • Finish: Long, lingering and sticky on the cheecks

Distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2007, natural colored and unchilled filtered.

Balblair ’79 Gordon & MacPhail – 43%

  • Color: Amber golden
  • Nose: Floral, with heather notes, pears, stewed apples, sweet peaches, sultana’s, almond covered with honey, a complexity of lavender, vanilla, old leather and a hint of red pepper
  • Taste: Very sweet, smooth with a touch of pepper, vanilla, oily, hints of nuts covered in honey with drops of delicate dark chocolate with a filling of mint and mandarin, custard, cinnamon, honey and creamy touch with an oily edge and a salty slide.
  • Finish: arm, smooth, oily and there is a hint of mixed pepper.

Distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2010, taken from a refill Bourbon barrel. They don’t mention if it’s natural color and unchill filtered unfortunately.

Balblair has been around since 1790 and is one of the oldest distillers in Scotland and the oldest in the Highland region. Full of surprises, this whisky-brand.



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