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Balblair 1991

Overall rating
88.52/100
votes
85
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
Barcode
5010509881302
Added on
19 Jan 2018 7:47 pm by TomBx
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 163,90

69 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

303 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1991

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.52 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. tommy12 scored this whisky 89 points Member 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 from March 2019: Since the core range of Balblair change (not vintage but age information) and should increase significantly, the current price of about 140 € for such a balanced and old Balblair with 26 years almost "cheap". I therefore recommend: stockpile now.

  4. 88plus Bus did not rate this whisky Member 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.

    odor
    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
    leaving
    long, sweet mint tea, after-eight, pleasant barrel

    I like it really well. The exact opposite of my other bus dropouts.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Coffee, mocha, chocolate, raisins, blackberries, dates, figs, apple, pineapple, mandarins, blueberries, cherries, walnuts, wax, honey and a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      Raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, coffee, dates, blackberries, baked apple, leather, honey, chocolate, mandarins, grapefruit, hint of ginger.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, walnuts, coffee, leather, old wood, dried fruit, honey and wax.

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  9. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Dude1971 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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