A special dram for Burns Night: the new Balblair 2005 (1st Release)

Looking for a new whisky to toast the big man on the 25th? Balblair's brand new 2005 single malt might be just the one

The Balblair distillery

When we asked our incomprehensibly knowledgeable bartender at a whisky bar in Edinburgh what to expect from the Balblair 1999, we were told "pineapple – but the cores, not the flesh". (We told you he was knowledgeable.)

If the 1999 goes big on the tropical notes, especially on the nose, its new-born cousin the 2005 (1st Release), is all about banana. It's a heady, pungent, but not overpowering nose, the standout aromas of which mellow nicely on the palate, giving way to luxuriant toffee and caramel flavours. Add in a rich, malty, biscuity finish, and you've got what's essentially the most subtle, refined banoffee pie you could hope to taste, in liquid form.

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