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Overall rating
88.08/100
votes
15
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
192
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Sep 2012 3:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 131,30

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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 88.08 points

  1. Finlaggan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/10/balblair-1990-22yo-cadenhead-authentic.html

  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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