Balblair is just along the road from its much better known neighbour Glenmorangie but keeps a lower profile. The distillery is owned and resurrected by the Airdrie-based Inver House Distillers. It is one of the oldest distilleries still in existence in Scotland, dating back to 1790.
Colour: Pale amber, matured predominatly in ex-bourbon casks. (A feature we love)
Nose: Aromas of raisin, green apple and hints of banana and coconut.
Taste: Initially slightly harsh, but rapidly evolves and warms, with spice, lemon, raisin and suggestions of nutty oak.
Finish: Some dried fruit, but finishes quite quickly. Hints of smoke and a marine note.
The Balblair 1989 vintage won a Gold Medal in the 2007 International Wine & Spirits Competition and was judged 'best in class'.