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Have you seen the film The Angel’s Share? Then you have seen images of this Highland distillery. It is an odd one out as it does not use age statements on the label, but uses vintages. The current range consists of the 1965, 1975, 1978, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002. This Balblair 1990 is a duty free release, so not to be confused with the single Islay cask that was released in 2012. I got me this sample at Jan’s birthday party.
The nose is immediately honeysweet on white fruit, apples and pears, and vanilla custard. Actimel with strawberries! Marshmallows. A bit of buttlegum. Fresh and lively (read: young), albeit somewhat simple.
Slightly oily on the palate. A bit grainy with again that European orchard fruit. Pineapple cubes, icing sugar. Again something that makes me think of dairy product. The bubblegum checks in as well, which makes him seem quite young. Hardly any spices. Sweet and docile.
The finish is pretty long and fruity.
This is a very simple, albeit flawless and perfectly quaffable, sping whisky. Just under 60 EUR in the airport. Thanks, VC!