Balblair 1989

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Bourbon Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 apr 2014 7:44 pm by Dragon

Average value

€ 113.70

8 × in wishlist

36 × member ratings

70 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1989

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.59 points

  1. grinface scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, creamy with some bitter notes. Also a little bit sour. Fruits are present but not very dominant. Not bad but not very interesting either.

  2. vredensever scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma : minerality, lemonade, citrus, apple jam, mango, bananas, vanilla, toffee, herbs, honey. The taste is even, sweet: spices, fruit, candy, wood. The aftertaste is long: spices, wood, bitterness. Conclusion . A well balanced bourbon whisky of solid age. Rating 86 (n22t21f21b22).

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is good quality. Probably the casks were refills, and it might have taken a while to get this whisky. So I don't really agree with some of the comments that this would seem youngish. It's in balance.
    • Nose
      Medium-bodied bourbon matured nose. Creamy vanilla, beeswax, malt, yellow fruits (of which pineapple and banana are the most prominent), flowers (heather) and grass. 
    • Taste
      Nicely balanced. Sweet at the start, but with a nice acidic wave towards the end. The fruitiness is more on dried fruits now, and accompanied by heather honey. The creamy texture of vanilla milkshake is pleasant.
    • Finish
      Rather short, with the acidic touch of pineapple and orange. Pepper, grass and vanilla.

  4. Glennie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice bourbon matured single malt.

    But somehow not that impresseive for a 23 year old.

    I don't think it is worth the money.  But it is tasty with a sweet and fruity profile. A Little spice add to the complexity.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Mascht scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruity, mead, pineapple
    • Taste
      spicy, vanilla, some truffles, chili
    • Finish
      very long

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet fruit, green banana. Heater, grass (fresh mown). Hint of sherry raisin.

    Initial taste: delicate, sweetness, hint of citrus, nutmeg. wood and a touch yeast. Confectionery oranges.

    Body: medium-full not very oily, but nice.

    Finish: long. sweetness, hint of leather. Apples, baked pie..... yeast and oak.

    Price: quite surprisingly. Given it's age worth the money.

    Presentation: That box is 10 euro's. It could have been less and I would have been satisfied too.

    Comments: a lovely whisky, quite sweet and delicate, a must have but not a daily dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Fruits, sponge trifle, gentle sweetness
    T: Sweet and more thick sweetness - [a few months later and theres a limey salty bitterness to the taste, but i had eaten onions!]
    F: later with that distinctive Balblair lime, herbs, calvados waxy hue.
    C: Sweet, simple and very pleasing. Comforting & consistent sweetness on nose and taste with familiar Balblair signature notes. Is it worth £80 though?

    Scores a C+ 


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