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Oh, no, not again? This is the so-called First Release, bottled in 2013, but in 2014 there was another bottling by Balblair named 1983 First Release. It is driving me crazy. Well, let us forget the illogical order and simply enjoy this fine dram. For it is a fine dram. Read on!
A soft and delicious nose full of tropical fruit: mango, passion fruit, quince, gooseberry, banana, juicy apricots, mirabelles and pineapple. And to think that my wife berates me for not having enough fruit, ha! A hint of honey, vanilla and nuts, as well as a floral note and something milky. Simply wonderful.
Beautifully oily and soft on the palate. Creamy! The fruit is less outspoken, but the honey and the milky note (coconut milk) ever more so. Having said that, this is still a little fruit bomb, make no mistake. Vanilla, ginger and cloves. Liquorice. Cinnamon. Will this ever end?
Grand finish, very long, in which the fruit and the spices play hide and seek. Kiwi and grapefruit at the death.
Delicious fruit bomb, but it will set you back about 300 EUR. Great stuff.