- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Ex-Bourbon Casks
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 06 Aug 2007 8:22 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1989
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points
White fruit (apples, pears), metallic, sweet
Fruity (peaches, apples, pears), chocolate, spicy, vanilla, toffee
Medium long, vanilla, oaky
- Balblair 1989 Vintage 1st Release is crisp, fresh and lively. The distillery’s spirit character is, to my taste, particularly well-suited to this type of ex-Bourbon barrel maturation – revealing bucket loads of juicy fruitiness, whilst always keeping the cask influence well in check. A great example of Balblair’s inherent quality.
Warming well-defined ex-Bourbon aromas – vanilla, butter and stone fruits (apricot and peach) alongside orchard fruits (green apple and pear). Lovely underlying sweetness from slightly heathery honey and barley water with some notes of herbalness coming though – freshly cut grass in particular. There’s a slight minerality here, akin to wet slate, but overall this is a particularly fruity expression.
Fruity with deeper inflections. Juicy fruits still dominate, with apples, pears and now some pineapple, but they’re bolstered by some real underlying maltiness and interesting light salinity. Golden syrup takes over from honey in providing saccharine sweetness and now cask influences comes out to play with some hits of pepperiness.
Medium long, still quite fruity and with a peppery kick in the tail.
- Not utterly complex, but simply delicious!
It's a soft and delicate vanilla & fruit basket. As said, vanilla, and lots of fruit: banana, pineapple, apple, peach. Beneath that, there is honeyed malt, a slightly mineral note and fresh grass and mint.
Very rounded, yet with a nice spicy touch at the end. Lots of honey, cereal, ripe pineapple, banana, mango, apple. Then, vanilla, coconut, drying cut grass (in the middle of grass and hay), and a dash of pepper.
Vibrant and spicy. Still lots of fruit, vanilla, sawdust, and gentle pepper.
- Really got apricots from this whisky. Nose was sweet barley with apricot. Delicate taste (of apricot), again a short finish.
- "Long known to blenders as a category `A` malt, Balblair is a terrific
malt whisky worthy of far greater exposure than it has previously
enjoyed. Relaunched in 2007 as a series of vintage expressions, and
repositioned as a premium product, this previously unsung hero is now
finally getting the attention and respect it deserves"
- Nothing to write home about.
Fresh and fruity. Pears and green apples. Pineapple? Some coconut.
There are those green fruits. Perhaps some bananas. Cereal grains. Spicy as you get into it.
Vanilla, and definite American oak. Spicy and medium long.