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International Beverage Holdings' Balblair 2002

Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, Highlands, single malt, 

Available - From this week

Location - France, Russia, UK and US

Price - In UK, RRP of GBP40 (US$62) per 70cl bottle

Distribution - International Beverage Holdings

The latest vintage single malt from Balblair rolls out this week. Balblair 2002 will replace the 2001 variant, which hit markets late last year.

The Balblair distillery and brand are operated by International Beverage Holdings' Inver House Distillers division.

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31st July 2012

International Beverage Holdings is delighted to unveil the first release of the 2002 Vintage of Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It replaces the 2001 as the most accessible Vintage in the core range.

As with every current release of Balblair, this expression is non-chill-filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46%. Coupled with traditional production methods, this policy results in a single malt of rare quality.

Balblair 2002 is sparkling gold in colour. The nose features signature Balblair aromas; it is floral and fragrant with zesty citrus fruit, specifically orange and lemon. Maturation in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels has imparted toffee and vanilla notes. On the palate it is full-bodied yet sweet and spicy in character with notes of orange, lemon, green apple, toffee and vanilla. The finish is typically long; the floral and fruit notes develop and combine with the initial spice and sweetness from the American oak casks.

Distillery Manager John MacDonald observes of his latest selection: “The 2001 Vintage is deliciously vibrant but I am sure that single malt enthusiasts the world over will enjoy the full-bodied sweetness of this American oak-driven expression just as much – if not more.”

Andy Hannah, Brand Manager, states: “Balblair has become established as a favourite of discerning whisky drinkers worldwide. As well as being the only distillery solely releasing vintage malts, the contemporary packaging design sets it apart. The 2002 perfectly illustrates our philosophy of ‘Vintages Timed to Perfection’ which will be activated in key markets later this year.”

Balblair 2002 Vintage is available at £40.00 in key markets (France, Russia, UK and USA).


Original source: Company Release