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Balblair 1990

Overall rating 29 votes 91.67
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Calculated age
22 years old
American oak that previously contained an Islay whisky
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Oct 2012 12:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 235,71


6 Notes

Expert Senior molar3rd Note
13 May 2015 6:58 am
molar3rd gave this whisky 91 points

Nose: Starts rather floral with some flower petals, lavender, a bit of dirty, sort of earthy peaty undertone which makes it even nicer.Leafy, but also sweet, some exotic lychee and citrusy edge too. candied grapefruit peel. lovely

Palate: sweet and creamy, with that earthiness, choclate and truffle with vanilla and nuts, also a bit of peppery zing

Finish : Fruit, sweet, and some distant smoke that lingers.

A totally nice combination of fruity, earthy and smokiness. Great stuff from Balblair, and one of the best (if not THE best) OB I’ve had for a long time. Cracking stuff, with a twist. Get yours while they last, only about 150 bottles are around .




Expert Senior AlecM Note
18 Mar 2013 6:50 pm
AlecM gave this whisky 95 points

Nose: red apple, apricot jam, blackberry, honey and custard with smoke and heather and spices.

Taste: red apple and vanilla and spices + smoke and slight peat influence.
Finish: drying, long, liquorice and spice.
Member Junior Milesy Tasting note
09 Jan 2013 12:46 am
Milesy gave this whisky 95 points
Deep copper

Buttery Toast with fruit jam. Pineapple Cube sweets, syrupy sweet like Irn Bru or Red Kola drinks. Something like acrylic paint, or a vinyl music record. Some Vanilla cream fudge. Some spice element like Cinnamon and Clove.


The fruit dominating here, but with the Pinapple Cubes turning into something more earthy, more like unripe banana and leaves. Dryer than the nose lets on.


Long, dry and oaky. Strong stewed black tea. Slightly Earthy. Not detecting any smoke or peat at any point. Certainly an earthiness but not any peaty notes.


Balblair Single Cask and Cask Strength. Enough said. Heaven

Member Senior DavidUK Note
11 Nov 2012 9:49 pm
DavidUK gave this whisky 95 points

It`s quite dark for an 2nd fill ex-bourbon cask, so I`m wondering if it`s maybe American oak than previously held sherry before being used by Ardbeg?

Specialist pilgrim77 Note
26 Oct 2012 12:05 pm

Reportedly matured in an ex-Ardbeg cask.

Specialist pilgrim77 Note
19 Oct 2012 2:01 pm

Only available to members of The Gathering Place. Released to mark the launch of the new Balblair members` website:

"We will shortly be releasing Cask 1463, from 1990, that represents a very rare style of Balblair. Most of our stock is aged in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels, with a small amount aged in Spanish oak, ex-sherry casks. However, we have discovered a cask of Balblair from 1990 which is American oak, but which had previously contained an Islay whisky. The resulting flavour is unmistakable Balblair but with an unusual twist!"


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