The Balblair 17 yo whisky is matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and then finished in first-fill Spanish oak butts. It is not chill-filtered with no added colour.
NOSE: Dark chocolate, bits of sultanas and cherries with wood spice. Minced fruit, oak and pepper.
PALATE: Not as sweet as the 15 yo with more wood spice and fruit. Nutmeg, white pepper mixed with vanilla. Red apples, sweet figs and juicy oranges with oak and hints of honey. Bold and chewy with a medium body. Adding water makes the 17 yo a bit sweeter, but interestingly, it does not tone down on the spicy notes.
FINISH: Dark chocolate and pepper with a hint of dried orange peel in the background.