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Balblair 1997 (2012, 2nd release, OB, 46%)

No structured introductory hat, today, we are sleepy and warm. What are we drinking today? It’s written on it, big; read it.

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N: very fruity and creamy. Mature pear, as well as a lot of vanilla. Panna cotta, caramel; ginger, candied oranges. There is also something ‘chemical’, like strawberry chewing gum… Floral and mineral suggestions, the latter very soft: a nose ‘sweet’ and simple, of course, but completely enjoyable. You can really feel the American oak, with a vanilla and coconut barrel; red fruit chocolate, are we dreaming about it? Intense citrus notes.

P: very creamy; vanilla, on everything; then, quite intense yellow fruit. Peaches, apricots, tons of pear. Really intense is the taste of malt, brioche and grain. Everything is held together by coconut. Coconut, then notes of coconut; finally, towards the end, explosion of coconut notes.

F: not very intense, still on…coconut! and a slightly abstract malt.

Did someone say coconut? Without a doubt it is a relatively simple whisky, but it has real explosions of fruit that will not disappoint the fans of the fruity style of this (beautiful) Highlands distillery. The nose is very good, the palate a little less, the finish almost didn’t come: but an 84/100 is the right grade, according to our taste.

Recommended background music: Captain Beefheart – Her eyes are a blue million miles.

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