Balblair Discovery 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Whisky

From Gordon & MacPhail's Discovery range comes a single malt distilled by Balblair which has been matured for 12 years and was bottled in 2018.
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Balblair Distillery

Balblair is what you imagine a distillery should be. The distillery sits on an ancient Pictish gathering place, tucked away near the banks of the Dornoch Firth. Their time-intensive methods make for more flavour-intensive malts. In the words of Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, “making whisky should be a craft, not a process.” And he ensures this runs through every aspect of what they do, right down to how they label their casks. They are hand-stencilled and dated by the men who filled them, affording their whisky the respect it deserves. Right on the distillery doorstep you will find the Clach Biorach, a four-thousand-year-old standing stone. Archaeologists believe it to be part of a prehistoric working calendar. On it, you will find a Pictish carving of a Z-rod which is said to represent the passage of time. Today, this stone reflects their dedication to craftsmanship. They honour century-old traditions by distilling at their own naturally considered pace, creating a whisky that is warm, elegant, and understated. The taste is enduring and full of character, just like those who make it and those discerning enough to drink it.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of ripe pear and stewed rhubarb steeped in honey and decadent raspberry jam mature into sweet meadow grasses complemented by underlying fresh lemon and lime edge. The palate is balanced, crisp green apple wrapped in salted dark chocolate accompanied by hints of peaches and cream and gentle menthol nuances. Warming white pepper develops on the finish whilst highlights of fresh lemon zest adds depth.

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Best served neat.

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