Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
22 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Sep 2012 3:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 126.78

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990 CA

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.23 points

  1. Finlaggan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'Balblair Powerhouse'
    N: An independant bottling which smells like a distillery bottling, albeit not as potent on the nose. The nose here is opaque, hard to penetrate, as theres a murky subtleness here. The common Balblair traits are there but i can identify them only because I'm expecting them due to familiarity. More yeasty than Ob's, reminding me of the Lowlands [Bladnoch] rather than the Highlands.
    T: Theres a harshness initially, and it builds and engulfs the tongue, yikes - runs to the tap!. Adding water is a must to calm it down.  Now its a rich honey malt with a creamier lemon development and some dark chocolate woody peppery notes. Later the bourbon cask comes to the fore, producing caramels on arrival, and without water the dark caramel sweetness has a large impact on the finish too.
    F: Rich honey malt remains strong to the end with lemon rind notes a touch of salt and a chilli zing. Sweet aniseed, some chalk and gentle lemon and lingering chilli [post curry] conclude this bottling. Without water, the spices will overwhelm the palate and the sides of your mouth but you'll get a vibrant lemon rind dark chocolate mouthful till the death.
    C: The nose is a misnomer to the hyperactivity to come. Water is compulsory but worth going back to neat from time to time.  This is an exhausting malt, demanding your attention at all times,  I think ill get a bottle just for the challenge, its a formidable bottling. This Cadenhead bottling is a showcase for what can be done with Balblair spirit away from the gentle more floral distillery bottlings. A welcome Balblair powerhouse.

    Scores a B+ 


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