Thursday 5 October 2017

Balblair 1996 Single Sherry Cask for LMDW [From Paris with Love]

Hi everyone,

I’ve tried a few of the Balblair main range, which is heavily based on Bourbon barrels. It’s a lovely style that really works for it.
This is the opposite. A single Sherry cask that looks like it was first fill. It was bottled this year at 21 years old, exclusively for La Maison du Whisky.
But has the Sherry overwhelmed it?

Balblair 1996 Sherry Single Cask for LMDW 54.6%
Colour: Dark Amber
Body: Full
Nose: Sherry bomb! Cherry lip gloss, cherry chewy sweets, orange fruit pastilles.
Taste: Intense, dry, oak, Sherry, leather, then sweeter notes, cherry, cherry chewy sweets, orange, loads of chewy cherry gums.
Finish: Medium length. More cherry then more cherry.
A proper cherry bomb. Yes, the Sherry has overwhelmed it but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious, just not too complex.

Thanks for reading!

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