Country: Scotland
Region: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
ABV: 45%
Score: 92 points

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Balblair 1991. Image courtesy Gordon & MacPhail. Gordon & MacPhail matured this single malt from Balblair in its Elgin warehouse for 17 years before finishing it in Crozes-Hermitage red wine casks from France’s Rhone Valley for the final 40 months. The nose is full of red grapes, stewed fruits, cherry pie, dark chocolate, and a touch of honey. The taste is thick, fruity, and spicy with clove, allspice, and stewed fruits, along with a touch of cherry pie that comes out as the spices start to fade. The finish turns dry with lingering spices and a hint of black cherries. (June, 2014)