Balblair 1990

Category Single Malt from Highlands, Scotland
District Northern Highlands
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Gathering Place 1st Release
Vintage 1990
Bottled 2012
Casktype American oak that previously contained an Islay whisky
Casknumber 1463
Strength 54.1 % Vol.
Number of bottles 150
Size 700 ml
Price 235.71$ 254.57£ 169.71
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered Cask Strength Single Cask Whisky
AlecM Note
a couple of years ago
AlecM gave this whisky 95 points

Nose: red apple, apricot jam, blackberry, honey and custard with smoke and heather and spices.

Taste: red apple and vanilla and spices + smoke and slight peat influence.
Finish: drying, long, liquorice and spice.
Milesy Tasting note
a couple of years ago
Milesy gave this whisky 95 points
Deep copper

Buttery Toast with fruit jam. Pineapple Cube sweets, syrupy sweet like Irn Bru or Red Kola drinks. Something like acrylic paint, or a vinyl music record. Some Vanilla cream fudge. Some spice element like Cinnamon and Clove.


The fruit dominating here, but with the Pinapple Cubes turning into something more earthy, more like unripe banana and leaves. Dryer than the nose lets on.


Long, dry and oaky. Strong stewed black tea. Slightly Earthy. Not detecting any smoke or peat at any point. Certainly an earthiness but not any peaty notes.


Balblair Single Cask and Cask Strength. Enough said. Heaven

DavidUK Note
a couple of years ago
DavidUK gave this whisky 95 points

It`s quite dark for an 2nd fill ex-bourbon cask, so I`m wondering if it`s maybe American oak than previously held sherry before being used by Ardbeg?

pilgrim77 Note
a couple of years ago

Reportedly matured in an ex-Ardbeg cask.

pilgrim77 Note
a couple of years ago

Only available to members of The Gathering Place. Released to mark the launch of the new Balblair members` website:

"We will shortly be releasing Cask 1463, from 1990, that represents a very rare style of Balblair. Most of our stock is aged in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels, with a small amount aged in Spanish oak, ex-sherry casks. However, we have discovered a cask of Balblair from 1990 which is American oak, but which had previously contained an Islay whisky. The resulting flavour is unmistakable Balblair but with an unusual twist!"

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