Sunday, January 11, 2015


Highland single malt Scotch whisky distillery Balblair, has announced the US release of four new vintage expressions.

The new batch of whiskies include Balblair’s 2003, 1999, 1990 and 1983 vintages, which were each distilled on the idyllic coast of the Dornoch Firth. This is the first time that Balblair, which was recently awarded Highland Distillery of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition, has ever launched a four product vintage range simultaneously in the US.

Balblair's 1983, 1990, 1999 and 2003 Vintages launching in the US

Commenting on the new US releases, Balblair’s Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, said: "We are extremely excited about the latest vintage releases from Balblair. Each vintage tells a story—capturing the unique essence of that year in a bottle. Each of these whiskies has its own unique nuances and offer exceptional options for whisky fans across the spectrum."

To round out the flavour profile, the 2003 and 1983 vintages were aged in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels, which lend citrus fruits, apricots and honey to the nose. On the palate, both vintages are also full bodied with notes of orange, lemon, honey and spice, followed by a long lasting finish.

For additional complexity, the 1999 and 1990 vintages were aged in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels with the addition of Spanish oak sherry butts, which impart the signature Balblair aromas of honey and green apple. On the palate, these vintages are spicy and sweet.

Each of the four new Balblair vintages; 2003, 1999, 1990 and 1983, were bottled at 46% ABV (NCF) and will be available across the US from specialist retailers for respective RRP’s of $70, $90, $140 and $330.

Source: Balblair