Twitter Tasting: Balblair #FestiveTreats mit Schokolade

Heute fand ein Tasting via Twitter statt. Organisiert von Balblair. Gemeinsam mit anderen Bloggern und Whisky-Twitterern gab es drei Abfüllungen von Balblair zu verkosten: 2005, 1999 und 1990. Aber nicht nur Whisky sondern auch Schokolade!

  • Balblair, Vintage 2005/2015, 1st Release, 46%, ncf, nca, ca. 43.- EUR
    Schokolade: White Lime & hint of Chilli Velvet Truffle
  • Balblair, Vintage 1999/2013, 1st Release, 1 Liter, duty free, 46%, ncf, nca, ca. 70.- EUR
    Schokolade: Lemongrass & hint of Lime Velvet Praline
  • Balblair, Vintage 1990/2014, 2nd Release, 46%, ncf, nca, ca. 105.- EUR
    Schokolade: Dark Velvet Truffle

ncf = no chill-filtration (keine Kältefiltration), nca = no color added (ohne Zusatz von Zuckerkulör)

Die drei habe ich schon ein Mal probiert. Den vollständigen Artikel mit Original Tasting Notes findet Ihr hier: Tasting: Balblair Vintage 2005, 1999 und 1990.

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Heute geht es nicht nur um die drei Abfüllungen, denn mit den drei Proben hat mich auch korrespondierende Schokolade von dem Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett erreicht.

Teilnehmer

The Whiskyphiles @TheWhiskyphiles, The Whisky Lady @the_whisky_lady, Pipes And Drams @PipesAndDrams, A Whet For Whisky @AWhetForWhisky, whisk(e)y @damian_murtagh, Sorren Krebs @ocdwhisky, Gentleman Grimm @GentlemanGrimm, Steve Prentice | SWB @steveprentice, Whisky Intelligence @whiskyintel, Rosemary Moon @moonbites, WhiskyCorner @WhiskyCorner, whiskyleaks @WhiskyLeaksfr und @MrSingleMalt (ich)

Spezialgäste waren: @anCnoc_whisky, @SpeyburnWhisky, @HankeyB1757, @OldPulteneyMalt, @BalblairJulie & @jgr141 und die Schokolade kam von @HighlandChoc

Tasting Notes

Wie immer gebe ich hier ein paar der Notes wieder, die von den Teilnehmern abgegeben wurden. Der Ablauf war: Farbe bestimmen, Nosing, Tasting, Schokolade (abbeißen und schmelzen lassen), noch Mal Tasting (gleich im Anschluß). [taste the whisky first, then bite of chocolate and let it melt on the tongue then another sip of whisky]

2005

2005: Matured in a combination of second fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels and dechar /rechar remade hogshead #FestiveTreats

Nose:

  • fresh, fruity and floral.. nice vanilla,toffee, caramel and milk chocolate. Apple,pear and cinnamon.. tantalising
  • fresh cut grass, vanilla pods, cereal malt, fruit salad
  • Aromas of apples, citrus and floral notes shine through for us. How about you?
  • Pineapple/ tropical fruit and spice
  • malty, buttery vanilla, light citrusy notes & something of springy vibe
  • certainly getting the green apples, orange etc. Feel I can just pick up marzipan as well underneath.
  • Fruity crisp green apples & pears, slightly woody, sweet syrup or honey, nougat & marzipan
    also some delicate floral aromas of rose, jasmin & orange blossom
  • Lemon juice & sour goosberries, cooking apples & orange pith, before custard covered
  • pears, icing sugar & dried apricot
  • similar to the colour, i.e. it’s bright, clear and sprightly. Damp autumn orchard of apples, sweet malt
  • fresh cut grass, vanilla, pear and some chocolate. Cereals. Some green apples.

Palate:

  • Bursting with toffee and honey sweetness complemented by oranges and vanilla
  • Initially spicy, slightly tannic, which was a surprise as the nose didn’t suggest that, vanilla & malty sweetness
  • caramac bar, cooking apple, sharp like a frosty morning
  • Very zesty, there is the oranges and again the apples. Nice ans sweet way to start
  • Zesty citrus and sweet, orange and lemon, crisp apple, new oak wood, vanilla and white pepper
  • Sublime spiciness, cinnamon & ginger bringing a heat which provides the music for apricot, apples & pears to dance to

Chocolate:

  • indeed – very well matched with the lime and chilli truffle.
  • chocolate pairing matches well to the vanilla of the American Oak
  • Fresh citrus & creamy vanilla notes of this white ganache highlight the same in this refreshing vintage whisky
  • that citrus tang from the chocolate goes great with the tang of the green apples
  • ooh this lime & chilli truffle has a wee kick
  • the lime goes really well with this, brings out the green apple
  • The touch of spice & smoked oak from the dark chocolate suggests that additional dimension in the whisky

1999

1999 – Balblair is naturally lightly spicy but European oak butts, used sparingly, added some too. We aim for balance

Nose:

  • baked apples, floral honey, Bird’s custard, lime zest & gooseberries.
  • dark fruits, honeyed sweetness, pecan nuts
  • sweet fruits,with more clementines, the apricots are fresh, the honey sweetness with a burnt edge, marzipan & orchids
  • old leather bound books and summer fruits (hint of stawberry)
  • toffee, floral with hints of malted barley, a milky coffee
  • deeper, orange blossom honey, older wood, toffee, cereal barley and floral orchard blossom
  • rich sherry notes are very obvious, seasoned with honey and spice, and citrus which grows the more you nose

Palate:

  • honey, golden syrup, with dried apricots, blood orange, grapefruit. Nutmeg. Fennel? Easy-drinking.
  • And the taste… honey, vanilla and sweet toffee make this full bodied Vintage unmistakable
  • Again the spices shine, with nutmeg, star anise & a little ground spice, with clove studded oranges, apples & thyme
  • still some leather but more fruits. Not too much dark fruits, but sweet. Keep it a while…nice.
  • Ginger and orange marmalade, sun-baked tannic leather, caraway seed & vanilla
  • the honey covers the palate, poached pears, red apples & apricots, awash with lemon juice, ginger & nutmeg
  • Caramelized hazelnuts & Madagascan vanilla provide a route to appreciate the whiskies toffee & spicy notes

Chocolate:

  • the lemongrass tames the oak a little, and delivers a more sweeter finish
  • the @HighlandChoc certainly brought out a lighter side to the 99
  • Christmas in a glass! Tingle of Lemongrass marries with the Spanish oak, well balanced, delicious!
  • Candied fruit, pineapple and raisin are a perfect match with this praline
  • another hit – I like the mixture of ginger (whisky) and lemongrass (chocolate), just beautiful
  • the chocolate brings the rich vanilla & clotted cream notes from the whisky perfectly, also adds a nod of oak
  • sour lime and more creamy caramel toffee notes out of the whisky, remarkable the difference!

1990

1990 – 1990 2nd Release:Matured in 2nd fill American oak,ex-bourbon casks,further maturation in 1st fill Spanish oak,ex sherry butts

Nose:

  • orange marmalade (chocolate?) raisins, slight balsamic note, ginger biscuits
  • Deep & complex, loaded with banana, pineapple & chocolate. Malt & oak are in harmony
  • Close your eyes and the smell is similar to walking in to a dunnage warehouse!
  • even more leather for me (or the dunnage warehouse @anCnoc_whisky?) . Then bitter orange. Toffee.
  • Much more complex nose on the 1990, more woody and chocolate but I can still smell the apples!
  • juicy raisins, dark chocolate, hints of dunnage warehouses with cold stone walls, a hint of damp. Root ginger too
  • This is why I love whisky !! This nose is mysterious, seductive and o so luscious..
  • Lot more cask influence, predominantly dried fruit, retains the malty sweetness
  • There’s a touch of honeyed banana in a Caribbean dessert creatively spiced. A samba whisky? NO a slow rumba!
  • Apple & orchard fruits, toffee, vanilla, milk choc, malty barley, roses, rosemary & raisins
    after a while it’s the raisins and chocolate coming through.

Palate:

  • Full bodied; sweet and spicy with hits of honey and zesty fruits
  • rich dark fruits, musky, tobacco, vanilla, candied orange, chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, maple syrup
  • Dried fruits, highland toffee bars, vanilla, chocolate, banoffee pie? But with a mature note too.
  • rich christmas cake and dark chocolate gingers on the palate
  • There’s something sumptuously decadent about the 1990, lovely stuff to get your feet up to and enjoy
  • echoes the nose perfectly. Orange, cinnamon, heather honey, balsamic acidity, raisins. A little woody.
  • some banana but a lot of dark fruits, chocolate and some hints of smoke getting some dryness @ finish

Chocolate:

  • Dark chocolate and whisky with maturation time in Spanish oak is a match made in heaven for us
  • all the raisins, sultanas and cherries from the nose have come through with dark chocolate, apricots and ginger
  • The zesty fruit & vanilla notes of this truffle are altogether reminiscent of the aromas of this whisky

Fazit

  • the chocolate has enhanced & some cases announces hidden notes in the drams. They add a level of decadence
  • The pairings were inspired but the @HighlandChoc really took the combo to the next level.

Mir hat die Kombination mit dem 1990er am Besten gefallen.

Vielen Dank an Balblair für diese interessanten und harmonischen Kombinationen!