Balblair 1989

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Nov 2010 4:12 pm

Average value

€ 139,00

7 × in wishlist

78 × member ratings

108 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1989

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.54 points

  1. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  2. mr.mathiou scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. MHFFMNN scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    An outstanding Bablair compared to the rest of Balblair bottlings released at that time.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. hans1971 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N- Ever so familiar sweet malt, lifted orange caramel, crepe suzette, salted popcorn, white chocolate and scents of floral. Beautifully done, rather delicate or perhaps a little thin on body. So gentle and elegance with good substance, but hanging on a thin string.

    P- Soft, fatness and buttery build up give a fuller overall mouthfeel, pleasant honey lingers, curious savoury caramel, where the salt come from? But slightly watery and diluted at the tail.

    F- Short-medium, smooth, pepper with more honey, cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The aromas on the nose are very lovely and delicate but it lacks a bit of depth on the palate. it’s all very subtle but well aged. The floral and fresh fruit tones in this whisky make it a lovely summer evening dram. With a bit more oomph on the palate it would score a whole lot better in my book.

    • Nose
      A fresh, delicate and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of fresh berries (red currents, gooseberry, blueberries), citrus (lime and lemon) tangerines, malt, barley sugar, honey, yeast, global tones, green apple, vanilla, grass, straw, apricot, subtle oak, yellow apples, candied lemon peels, banana, hint of cardboard and hint of sultanas.
    • Taste
      A soft, delicate and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of cherries, fresh fruits, apples (yellow and green), barley sugar, honey, hint of white pepper, subtle cinnamon, aniseeds, fresh mint, vanilla, ginger, citrus, tonic, bananas hint of solvents, butter and a subtle oak.
    • Finish
      A medium to lang finish with aromas of pear, apple, banana, subtle spices (ginger, pepper and cinnamon), tea, vanilla and a hint of oak.

  7. molar3rd scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Colour : Amber Gold(no colouring materials are added. i got a confirmation on that during the tasting form Lucas)

    Nose : Still very fruity like the 2000, but heavier with more oak , raisin and dried banana and pineapple. More complex, and wood. spices are there too.

    Palate: Fruits (raisins, sultanas,banana, apple) and some cherries dipped in sherry, Spicy ginger and again that white peppery thing is noticeable. The 2000 DNA is also in full motion here, but more complexity and heaviness due to the wood influence . Complex stuff. Lovely.

    Finish : Long fruity, spicy and dry.

    At this stage i posed a question regarding some cask strength bottling (or the lack of them), and John replied that they are aware of the growing demand of whisky drinkers for higher ABV cask strength expressions. He didn’t say much, but one could understand it’s coming. So , i really am waiting for that CS release from Balblair. Hope they release it sometime soon…




  8. barryfox915 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Straw.
    Nose: Rich, grassy, on heather, honey, with some cardboard and
    sweet fruits.
    Taste: Light, fresh, grassy, slightly humic, on heather and
    some green apples. The finish is short to medium, grassy, and on sweet
    General Impression: A light and grassy Balblair, that I have problems
    to characterize.




  9. stevil scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Pdh scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    N Subtil/shy Burbon, coffee, marzipan
    T Full body, balanced spicy aromas of banana and vanilla
    F Long elegant fruty finish
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93


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