Launched alongside 1990 & 1983 in November 2013, Balblair Vintage 2003 replaces Vintage 2002. The American oak, ex-bourbon barrels used in maturation impart toffee, butterscotch and vanilla notes.
Balblair 2003 is golden amber in appearance.
On the nose there are the signature Balblair aromas: floral and fragrant punctuated with citrus fruits, apricots and honey.
On the palate it is full bodied, with notes of oranges, lemon, honey and spice.
The long lasting finish is sweet yet spicy; a superbly well-balanced dram.
| OTH 87 points (Aug19 2014)
Balblair Vintage 2003 replaces the previous 2002 expression, matured in second-fill bourbon barrels, with the contents of eighteen making up this first release. Tinned peaches and apricot jam on the nose, with underlying honey and caramel. Early malt, then zesty lemon notes on the palate, which also features freshly-cut grass and hazelnuts. The medium-length finish yields white pepper and cocoa powder.
(Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points (Mar 2015)
(Great Value)- Attractive hay/straw yellow appearance. Very citrusy in first inhalations then nutty, grassy, peppery, leathery later on. Flavor profile features tastes of green onion, pickle brine, cooking oil, dry cereal, unsalted snack crackers. Aftertaste is dusty dry, medium long. Nicely vegetal.