Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Bourbon Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Aug 2007 8:22 pm

Average value

€ 172,50

14 × in wishlist

72 × member ratings

192 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1989

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.69 points

  1. Georges scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  2. Georges scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      White fruit (apples, pears), metallic, sweet
    • Taste
      Fruity (peaches, apples, pears),  chocolate, spicy, vanilla, toffee
    • Finish
      Medium long, vanilla, oaky

  3. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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. 
    • Finish
      Medium long, still quite fruity and with a peppery kick in the tail.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not utterly complex, but simply delicious!
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Vibrant and spicy. Still lots of fruit, vanilla, sawdust, and gentle pepper. 

  7. AlecM did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Really got apricots from this whisky. Nose was sweet barley with apricot. Delicate taste (of apricot), again a short finish.

  8. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "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"

  9. hsmithjr scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Nothing to write home about.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity. Pears and green apples. Pineapple? Some coconut.
    • Taste
      There are those green fruits. Perhaps some bananas. Cereal grains. Spicy as you get into it.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, and definite American oak. Spicy and medium long.


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