Nose: Oof! Not what I was expecting at all! Beautifully sherried, with marzipan, dark fruit (blackcurrants and red apples spring to mind) and perhaps the faintest hint of burnt match evident. Treacle and dark chocolate-coffee liqueurs. Also quite creamy, with a smattering of eucalyptus every now and then. Some spices - cinnamon? Something resembling strawberry fondant-filled chocolates (Roses?) develops after a while. Superb stuff - I could have my nose wedged in the glass forever!
Palate: A good layer of sherry, with dark chocolate and dark fruits (a little more blackcurrant and raspberry this time). Spices again. Can I detect a slight amount of lime?
Finish: Lots of sherry and fruit. Slightly oaky and a good dollop of honey to round things off.
Wow! This is in a completely different league to the other Balblairs I've tried, and in fact puts them to shame. The nose is absolutely stunning, with the palate and finish following up well. Reminds me somewhat of Springbank 21 in profile actually.
"When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today."