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Balblair 1991

Overall rating
88.42/100
votes
66
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
700 ml
Added on
19 Jan 2018 7:47 pm by TomBx
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 143,89

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1991

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.42 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. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Beautiful medium bright color, restrained pleasant nose, sherry, some vanilla, a little fresh wood. Taste: very intense, slight spiciness of the alcohol clearly noticeable, therefore tolerates 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.

  3. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Perfect balance with 3 drops of water which really opens it up! The nose in particular is too restrained when drinking it neat. Despite its quite low ABV of 46%, don’t be affraid to add some water and give it at least 15 minutes in the glass. Excellent value for money! (I paid 130€ for my bottle)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    [Festival note, take with a grain of salt] I adore Balblair's fruity, time-and-wood-resilient distillate usually, and this one is no exception, displaying pompous fruitiness with unashamed easiness. Simple pleasures. A bargain by today's standards. Wish I could re-taste it later in better conditions, though it already won me over.
    • Nose
      Balblair indeed : after more than 25 years, this is still extremely close to its initial, brillant distillate : pears in syrup, coconut water and bananas mostly. Incredible spontaneity and volume of aroma. Less refined than the 30yo OB, but we're not that far from it honestly.
    • Taste
      Same vein, fruity and lactic as per usual with a Pina-colada edge, but with more woody nervosity than expected, which might come from the (very discrete) sherried part.
    • Finish
      Relatively woody indeed but fresh, with a green fruitiness and some coconut lingering.

  8. seacroft scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    My first Balblair, tasted it on the Whisky show in London and was well impressed. This really needs some time in the glass and some drops of water to fully open up but with patience comes reward! It's a big fruity, coastal kind of malt with a lot going on, honey, beeswax, fresh fruit, canned fruit, a bit like a good Clynelish only fruitier. I will replace this bottle with a new when it's finished. Good value for money too!

  9. asmazda scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Very good value for the money, especially if you appreciate Balblair's fruit style and a super spicy dram. Intense flavors that don't make you miss this is not cask strength.
    • Nose
      Soft, fruity, creamy nose. Imagine a delicious version of baby food that is mix of bananas, peaches, and pears. A little tingly and prickly.
    • Taste
      Wow, unique experience to get intense spices (caraway, fennel, cinnamon, pepper), Balblair fruits (mostly peaches and pears), then sherry cask influence and citrus tarts.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet, spicy, and some tannins.

  10. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun:
    They never tell you much on the bottles, but I’ve heard there was a higher proportion of sherry casks in this one (there was less in last year’s 1990). Colour: gold. Nose: a few oak spices at first, ginger and nutmeg, then this soft, and very Balblairy kind of fruitiness. Well, put whole apples, bananas, peaches, and pears into a mixer, mix, then nose, that’ll give an idea. There is a little bread too, a wee bit of pumpernickel perhaps… Then green tea, the smallest Jerusalem artichoke, even aubergines… Indeed! Mouth: how good is this? Everything’s just perfect, and indeed there’s something Spanish, but rather some kind of whisky paella than straight Jerez. That’s a little hard to explain, and I’m sure this unusual profile comes from the wood mix they have been using (involving some rather active wood for sure), but let me mention aniseed, caraway, saffron, pepper… Finish: medium, complex, spicy and fruity. Comments: some exceptional Balblair, perhaps a little more challenging than others at times, but that’s the game! SGP:651 - 90 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/

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