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Balblair 1991

Overall rating
89.27/100
votes
120
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
Added on
19 Jan 2018 7:47 pm by TomBx
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 160,67

69 × in wishlist

120 × member ratings

389 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1991

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.27 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. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Member 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/bottle-polishing-summer-2019/

    N: A variety of dried and ripe tropical fruits, shortbread, ginger biscuits, white pitta bread and a hint of soil. Serge’s Jerusalem artichoke and aubergine note is sublime! As a mere mortal I’d have simply put this in a more general oily/herbal category.
    T: Ideally firm, slightly spicy, fresh & focused arrival with room for a little water if needed. There’s more [pitta] bread, soil, artichokes=grapes < olives & brine,… but the main body is formed of a complex mix between the cask types, the bourbon/sherry cask combo providing a sum that is a greater than its parts. Could there even be a drop of ex-Madeira, PX and maybe Sauternes casks in here? Not sure whether the bottle states more than ex-bourbon & 1st fill sherry butts. Fine blending at Balblair HQ.
    F: Relaxed waxy, fresh & aromatic dried spice with a dry chew.
    C: A treat for the old faithful. This is even better than when I first tried it at the Edinburgh Fringe [WLP88]. A gem of a whisky for a bargain price, before the vintages were dropped by Inverhouse.

  10. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Nosing is great, you've got baked apple pie, apple strudel, honeycomb, orange zest with lemon and lime.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Spicy and sour. Very awful sourness like milk that has gone bad. Spicy-ness comes from cracked roasted peppercorns. A bit sweetness like honeydew. More sourness, just throws everything out of balance.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Long, menthol like feeling. Like eating mentos with ice.

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