Overall rating
87.44/100
votes
34
Whiskybase ID
WB116712
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Cask Collection
Vintage
30.10.1991
Bottled
26.06.2018
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
7379
Strength
45.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Market
de Germany
Added on
27 aug 2018 9:39 am by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 257.00

4 × in wishlist

34 × member ratings

40 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Burnside 1991 DR

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.44 points.

  1. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Direct comparison with sister barrel no. 7378 which was also distilled on October 30, 1991. The two bourbon barrels thus spent a good 26 years side by side in the same warehouse:
    This bottling is the clear winner because it is fuller, rounder, fruity and not a bit dry. Ingenious bottling !!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 90
      B: 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Dense apple on the nose, with vanilla and caramel.
    Tingling on the tongue, some cinnamon and ginger. In addition citrus. A little tropic with coconut and pineapple. Pulsating.
    Slightly tart finish, lemon preserved in sugar.

    Insane PLV for today.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    hits my nerve - but can't put the magic into words;)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Caramel, fine ripe round sweet tasty complex crystalline citrus notes, coconut biscuits, tree sap, green tree bark, lively fresh pulsating
    • Taste
      89 89
      Coconut, wax, sugared lemon, super oily, powdered sugar, fresh mint, tree sap, licorice, very floral
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Vallado scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Had hoped for more, which does not mean that I have here a bad whiskey in front of me. The barrel was probably already quite exhausted, despite 26 years of maturity no barrel-typical flavors / bitter substances. Positively worded: here you get a genuine, well-matured Balvenie at a fair price!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ripe bright fruits, hay flowers, nuts, nutmeg, licorice
    • Taste
      87 87
      a bit spicy at first, then very sweet very quickly, flowery-nutty, lots of vanilla, caramel
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium; the sweetness becomes increasingly dry, nutty-spicy aromas accompany the finish

  8. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    wonderfully balanced with fresh green apple, citrus notes (we had sometime committed on lemon cake with icing)

  9. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I expected a bit more. It´s not a bad dram at all but I really prefer a good cask of the 12y single barrel Balvenie! Wait,...yeah just took a sip of the 12er. More to my liking, indeed!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Almost a little shy in the beginning, slightly sharp, still not aggressive. Smells younger than 26. To be honest it smells totally young. Must have been almost dead casks. Spirity.
      Fruity on apricot and yellow apples. Some honey, vanilla. Sunflower seeds.
      Well that´s it I am afraid. It´s nice but lacks complexity on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Much better on the palate with a good punch, orchard fruits, again the apricots. Nice honey, grassy, slightly malty.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium, clean, grassy. a little ginger.

  10. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale straw

    Tasted with "The Huntly" 1997 DT and Burnside 1999 AD

    Old and mature, has already lost a little character, yet great and dangerously tasty.
    • Nose
      Initially a fine hint of vanilla, tree juice, a hint of lavender, then more and more orange sorbet, lavender, sage, in between a hint of camphor. Cherry cream yoghurt.
    • Taste
      Matured bourbon barrel in the foreground, vanilla, subtle wood effect, cherry cream, (if I think about it, I have pretty much a Danube wave in the mouth), sage, lavender and oranges come later. Another accent spruce needles and camphor.
    • Finish
      Here comes more sage, jup, orange sorbet, vanilla, "light" tannins, fresh milk coffee, never too bitter, long.

  12. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] Burnside is a Balvenie single malt with an added teaspoon of Glenfiddich - but I am pretty sure this is by definition only and the folks at Balvenie do not take the effort to open the Balvenie casks and add the teaspoon of Glenfiddich, actually. If they just state it the acquirer of the cask has to market this as a blended malt (and not as a single malt Balvenie) anyhow to comply with the laws and that is all they want to achieve at Balvenie…

    ...so Burnside drams are a much cheaper way to enjoy the fine Balvenie single malt than to buy the mostly overpriced original bottlings. And this is a good example: A 26-years old Balvenie OB would easily trade for 400+ Eurobucks while I bought this one for 115 Euro - you see what I mean? It delivers what you might expect from an old Balvenie release - a complex, balanced and impressive dram that is very, very quaffable...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an interesting and complex profile of fine oils, nuts, honeys, summer floral and herbal aromas that I found with Balvenie drams only - so far. Quite unique and I like it for that! I am not sure if it is to everyone's liking because it is very old-stylish (or in other words: completely distillate-driven with very little wood influences).
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is layered on fresh fruity, sugary and honey flavours first with floral and nutty notes following before the spicy woods kick in (without any bitter tannins). After some chewing a creamy delicious vanilla-toffee flavour pops up (like a créme brûlée without the caramelised sugar). No flaw that I can find (there are hardly any flaws in Balvenie drams, compared to other distilleries).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The whisky arrives very charming on the palate with no distracting feeling but a fine coating effect. The finish is medium to long and adds some more spices and oils (I am not an oils expert but these I really like). At the very end the sugars try to dominate but they fail - the dram stays balanced until it fades, finally. Water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the dram more bubble gum-ish (like old Glencadam from the seventies) - depending on whether you like this or not you should reduce it or enjoy it neat (I enjoy it both ways, actually).

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