Balblair Vintage 2004 sherry matured was released for travel retail in 2014. Balblair bottle by vintage year, and not age, but you’re always free to take the distillation and bottling dates and calculate it for yourself. This Balblair was released as part of a pair, one sherry matured and one bourbon matured both in large litre bottles. The sherry matured vintage has been aged entirely in American and Spanish ex-sherry butts and is bottled at 46%.
Nose: Opening with rich toffee covered raisins and ginger nut biscuits. There’s demerara sugar and honey sweetness, but also some bitterness from liquorice and cask spicing.
Taste: Dried red berries (cranberries) are enhanced with some depth of dark chocolate, light furniture polish, cigar leaves and oak bitterness. There’s still a good dollop of honey here, amplified with pleasant vanilla. Spicing comes to the fore now and quite peppery
Finish: Medium in length, bitter and with some drying astringency – neither of which are overpowering.
If you’re on your travels, the Balblair Vintage 2004 sherry matured bottling is a good buy. For around £50 you’ll receive a whole litre of this well-made, spiced sherry number. It’s not the most complex of whiskies, nor something you’d classify as an overt ‘sherry bomb’ but everything fits together nicely and the cask spice and astringency keeps things for turning overly sweet. You could do a lot worse than this whilst in an airport with time to kill.
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