Balblair 1990

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
23 years old
Islay Cask
Number of bottles
50.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Mar 2013 1:32 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 203.70

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.59 points

  1. molar3rd scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: This is a very different dram than the 1997 , and that can bee deduced from a wee sniff : heavier and darker with BBQed pears, leather , some dried fruit in the form of crushed dates and , smoked apples. earthier and heavier, not as fruity, but quite complex.

    Palate: Peaty! quite a lot of that actually, much more than on the nose with leather, smoke, dried fruit, cinnamon, chocolate, smoky butter.

    Finish : Zingy smoked ginger, dried fruit, mushrooms

    Superb stuff, a Balblair with a twist, as it retains some fruit, those are quite different more BBQed and smoked. When comparing it to the sister cask #1463, it’s really a whole lot peatier and smoky , with not as much candied fruits. I’d say those two peated casks were very different from one another, and i wonder what was inside in previous incarnation. All in all, a superb malt, I’d love to have too, i quite fancy it, a bit more than the bottle i bought in the past.




  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    To my nose and tongue the islay cask appeared only subtly. Very fruity and very nicely matured dram. Old school hoggie style...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=296 Color: pale straw Nose: Soft fruity mix of (gum) berries and fresh lime. In addition honey, malt, barley, butter, vanilla, wet ash, a little coal and a peppery-salty spice Taste: Spicy-smoky-fresh. Islay barrel was used here. Waxy soft and at the same time ultra salty and peppery fresh. Again butter, cereals and honey as well as chinas, seaweed, fresh herbs, lemon extract and smoke. So it goes into the finish. Finish: long - spicy and still very fresh. Only a few seconds later, the fruit notes press through more again. Delicately sweet with vanilla and yellow apple - slightly dry and malty finish. Remark: a lot of freshness - gently overtuned but good! 90 points N: 90 / G: 89P / F: 90P

  4. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose and the final a little behind but the mouth is really excellent, very fruity and greedy.
    87+ / 88-
    • Nose
      Discreet, a little mineral, traces of citrus, fresh lemon. Maybe some notes a bit charcoal
    • Taste
      Rather fat, quite sweet, and well balanced. Alcohol well integrated.
      The whole is greedy and fruity, but we do not feel peat. We find cereals (recessed), almond, and especially a nice freshness of fruits: plums, quetsche, apples, pears ...
    • Finish
      Medium, on autumn fruits, quite greedy.

  5. Rom scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    The nose opens on a combo honey / wax appetizing and cereals, white flowers, tangerine. Alcohol is very well integrated. Pecking attack of white pepper, the honey all flowers dominates this malt, the texture is very pleasant, beautiful scale and always a nice integration of alcohol. Barely bitterness and vegetal in the finish of good length, there is the floral side, almost sweet Haribo. Do not swim very well, the dilution quickly removes the intensity, especially on the nose. Enough spirit driven despite his 23 years, rather old school in his style, very well done, I really like.

  6. tomy63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    pale golden color, moderately peaty nose, quite fruity, on ripe fruits slightly sweet, pear and lemon in particular. Nice scale in the mouth, the 50% are perfectly integrated, it seems quite sweet in attack before a spicy wave, especially peppery makes it warm. More peat than nose, ripe fruit, medicinal notes too. Long finish, less fruity, very peppery, peaty with some ashes. Very well done, even if it's not my style. Regained later, plus a trace of peat!

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'Successful Marriage'

    N: Bubblegum, caramel, sherries fruits, not sure i smell Balblair in there atm. Rich spicy woody nose, similar to the 1975 but far sweeter with a more characteristic sherried nose. Ok, the bananas and pineapples are back, ok I'm back in Balblair territory. Prune juice, strong on dates [thanks connosr's Galg]. Having sampled first the 1990 2nd release and then the 1975, id say this shares the same denseness and fruitiness of the 1975 but has more in common with the '97 than the standard 1990 bottling. Wow, i just got syrup on pancakes, straight back home on Shrove tuesday, amazing. Butter, pepper, lemon juice and I'm in. Im getting some wonderful biscuit notes now, McVitties shortbread in the Harlesden air.
    T: Fruity, sherry rich, peppery, orange rind, becoming a little hot, especially as theres no heat on the '75 or standard '90. Theres a fungal note, still very hot but some wonderful sherried honey notes to take you to a finish…..
    F: .. coated in butter, some medicinal TCP flavour [laphroaig cask?], maritime notes and smoke - clearly, at the death.
    C: Again, like the 1990 2nd release, initially its not overly impressive, but as time goes on, this simply grows on you. And most importantly, you can taste the Balblair signs melding delightfully with the Islay cask, this is a successful marriage indeed. I love the cask affect on the nose and especially the smoke and TCP on the finish, that really compliments Balblair aswell as the fungal note to balance the sweet. Lets hope Balblair have planned more of these experiments for the future because i really like this, its a thumbs up, can't fault the marriage

    Scores an A-


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