I recently picked up a bottle of the Balblair 26 year old (bottled Aug. 2005) for a more reasonable $145 Cdn. - and this limited edition specifically states that it is NCF.
I don't now the Balblair in question but if it is undiluted there's a good oportunity to have a rich and full experience without the alcohol overpowering the nose. And without the "thinning" done by reduction with water.
Just my 2 cents
It's a fabulous whisky IMHO.
The nose is rich and thick, full and warming and reminds me of baking cakes.
The mouthfeel confirms the nose and the taste is initially spicy and sweet with a nice underlying honeyed note holding just a touch of liquorice. The sherry comes through in the middle and remains fairly constant thereafter.
The finish is long and warm on the edge of being hot - ginger and cinnamon I thought.
I tasted this at whisky live and it blew away everything else I'd tasted incl. HP30 and a 23yo one-off Balvenie.
It was my must have bottle for 2005 and for as long as I can get it, it will remain a standard in my collection.
For its age and quality I think it is pretty good value.
As someone said - "Buy one to drink and one to keep"
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