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Balblair 1991

Overall rating
88.65/100
votes
247
Whiskybase ID
WB106513
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Vintage
1991
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & 1st Fill Sherry Butts
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010509881302
Bottled for
L18044 R18/505410 15:14
Added on
19 Jan 2018 7:27 pm by TomBx
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 315.11

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1991

61 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.65 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/balblair/balblair-2005-balblair-2000-balblair-1991/

    Nose: elegant and delicate. Spiced honey and stewed fruits. Tinned peaches. Hints of beeswax again. Subtle leather. Great fruitiness, both dried apricots and fresh, tart citrus. It shows that this is a near-30 year-old because of the nicely fragrant American oak elements.
    Mouth: a malty core with juicy fruits again (stewed pears, peaches) with marmalade, honey and creamy vanilla. A little milk chocolate and cinnamon pastry. Candied ginger and whiffs of chilli.
    Finish: long, half sweet, half spicy with lingering milk chocolate and a hint of coconut.

    This one is simply very good. Immediately attractive but even better when you give it time to unfold. A really fair price for a 26 year-old OB as well (considering the current market), so recommended.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Excellent whisky with a flavour profile that you just don't get at a younger age. Really good stuff from Balblair.
    • Nose
      Very elegant with plenty of subtleties, a hint of furniture polish and a distinct fruitiness. Lots of apples and dried apricots, as well as lemon zest and oranges. Plenty of sweetness from honey and beeswax.  Some very subtle spices, mainly cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Nice interplay between citrus fruits, sweetness, and spices. Hints of grapefruit and lemon, as well as honey, cloves and black pepper. Good stuff.
    • Finish
      Lingering spiciness and sweetness.

  3. tommy12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful medium-bright color, restrained pleasant nose, sherry, some vanilla, a little fresh wood. Taste: very intense, slight sharpness of the alcohol clearly noticeable, can therefore tolerate water, sweetness, vanilla, pleasant overall impression, medium to long finish. Not quite as round, sweet and intense as the 1990 2nd release of Balblair, which I would definitely prefer.
    Addendum of March 2019: Since the core range of Balblair change (not vintage but age information) and should be significantly more expensive, the current price of about 140 euros for such a balanced and old Balblair with 26 years almost "cheap". I recommend: stockpile now.

  4. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Color: Mellow Gold.

    Nose: Shows its age and its casks in all the best ways. This is a wonderful mix of bourbon and sherry maturation with neither of them screaming or muting the other. I get this dusty note that I frequently find in older, well-developed bourbon drams. It's reminiscent of its North Highland neighbors in the Village of Brora when the distillate is shining. On the sherry side, it's typical but light and appealing. Water doesn't change much for my nose.

    Mouth: The fresh fruit starts to come through. It's beautifully juicy for its age. The wood is certainly there, but it's not killing the experience. Probably a wise decision for this to be bottled at 46%--it feels just right there. In general, it's just very pleasant, quaffable. Again, not a huge difference when watered.

    Finish: Lush fruits.

    Comments: A bittersweet dram as it was one of, if not the last of the vintage releases that set Balblair apart for so many years. This is a 26/27-year old dram that was being sold for a very reasonable price and is absolutely excellent. Tremendous value-to-performance ratio. The switch to simple age statements is obviously better than silly NAS with strained Gaelic names and stories. However, the age statement 25 yo Balblair is retailing for over three times as much as this bottle. Let that sink in. What a shame, but it only enhances the experience of this bottle for me.

  5. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Delicate nose, baked apple, white fruits jam, oak fragrant, soft leather notes. After rest for awhile, grape jam, sherry that fades away quickly, Irish coffee, beeswax. The nose reminds me of some older bourbon barrel aged whisky. After a sip, wet dust, cooked cherry, Nidar Troika?
    • Taste
      86 86
      The first sip reminds me of older Speyside whisky, very delicate and elegant. Citrus, malt, hints of stew fruits, orange peel. However, after second sip, there are more ginger and chili as It gets spicier with every sips. Not as complex as the nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, apple oil, clove, some wood and some liquorice candy aftertaste. Hacks regular candy?

  6. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N- Elegant and round reminiscent the design of the bottle. Open with chocolate. then full of oak shaves with liquorice, oak extract, nose like a fine bourbon, hint of nutty sherry whirling on but not making much impression. Compared to 2nd release that bottled 7Y ago, less fruit with oak taken centerstage in this one. But overall still very good with some brandied raisin and vanilla arriving late. (90/22)

    P- Nice! Malty, full, zesty and absolutely juicy. Broad and ripe with mouthwatering spices, waves of oak and liquorice comes at full strength and building up to full bloom. Some sweet smokes phenol reaching the nose. (94/23)

    F- Medium-long, mellow down, semi chewy and demi-sec. Honey candy, orange peel, pastries and dried fruit. Something there that keep reminded me of rhubarb and beetroot, not sure why. (90/22)

    B/B- 91/22

    Cereal- 3, Fruity-3, Floral- 1, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 0, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 4, Winery- 3, Spicy- 3

    Weighted Rate- 89pt
    • Nose
      N- Elegant and round reminiscent the design of the bottle. Open with chocolate. then full of oak shaves with liquorice, oak extract, nose like a fine bourbon, hint of nutty sherry whirling on but not making much impression. Compared to 2nd release that bottled 7Y ago, less fruit with oak taken centerstage in this one. But overall still very good with some brandied raisin and vanilla arriving late. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Nice! Malty, full, zesty and absolutely juicy. Broad and ripe with mouthwatering spices, waves of oak and liquorice comes at full strength and building up to full bloom. Some sweet smokes phenol reaching the nose. (94/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, mellow down, semi chewy and demi-sec. Honey candy, orange peel, pastries and dried fruit. Something there that keep reminded me of rhubarb and beetroot, not sure why. (90/22)

      B/B- 91/22

      Cereal- 3, Fruity-3, Floral- 1, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 0, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 4, Winery- 3, Spicy- 3

      Weighted Rate- 89pt

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2021] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a modern dram out of sub-standard quality casks, it seems. It shows an unbalanced profile with too shy malt flavours (given 27 years of maturation time) and too strong bitter tannic notes which are not to my liking. A dram for wood-heads but lovers of harmonious and complex profiles should shy away.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a modern Highland profile with significant wooden notes. This is fine but very exchangeable and in a blind setting I would not dare to guess any distillery because it could be any distillery. And never ever I would have guessed a 25+years dram because of too shy malt aromas for such an age (compared to the wood). But this is the new modern style with the malt (often) in a walk-on role only...
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste offers stronger malty flavours of barley sugars, honeys and surprisingly powerful grassy-leafy impressions which I did not find in the nose. The wood is heavy again and adds borderline bitter tannic impressions which are a little too heavy to my taste buds (but wood heads will love these). This profile is not very complex, it tastes as if mainly leached casks were used for this edition which did not support the maturation of the spirit very well.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and peppery despite a rather low abv of 45% with an average coating effect. The finish is medium to long and adds more spices (vanilla, peppers) with a bitter tannic ending which I do not like (but wood-lovers might). This dram swims like flat iron because water strengthens (the anyway too powerful) wooden aromas and flavours only and turns the whisky much more unattractive to both my nose and taste buds.

  8. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Fresh and fruity nose, with a nice sweet and sour note. In the mouth then not very fruity, but strong spicy, chocolaty, clear peppermint tea with honey. Long finish with fresh mint, without bitterness.
    Overall, very complex. There is a lot to get out there.
    • Nose
      Cereals, sweet honey, light fruits, ripe pear, honeydew melon, spicy, nutty, nutmeg, malt, sour pickles in the background, fresh mint, some leather, cocoa powder
    • Taste
      sweet, pleasantly woody, oily, nutty, sweetened mint tea, spicy, honeydew melon, white pepper, block chocolate, malt and nutmeg, almonds, cinnamon
    • Finish
      long, sweet mint tea, after-eight, pleasant barrel

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity and slightly spicy. Sweet yellow apples, apricots, green pears and freshly peeled tangerines. A trace of candle wax. Garden soil, dried mint, a hint of eucalyptus and sprigs of rosemary. Behind it a subtle citrus freshness. Wet coniferous forest.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Apples, nectarines, mango, passion fruit. Freshly ground black pepper. Marzipan, almonds, walnut. White and dark chocolate. Orange peel, a little cinnamon. Tobacco, Assam tea.

  10. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Balblair 1991 2018

    You sadly mark the end of the Balblair vintages, but in what way!
    A noble, tasty, fruity, balanced, robust, elegant whisky.
    A masterpiece as a swan dance.
    Balblair as we know him is dead, long live Balblair!

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