Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 29
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2014 9:23 pm by Zinni
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 162.45

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71 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Burnside 1989 MBa

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.27 points

  1. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 23 22 23 90 - testing in 2015, gorgeous

    22 21 22 22 87 - 2020 - Salt, oil, beauty!
    everything changes, and we are the same, now he is strong in my taste and is no longer so bright, I'm sorry, but IMHO mine is only mine ...

  2. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F22 B23

  3. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    N23 T23 F22 B22
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. strobi scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Balvenie is a brilliant distillery, and that is no secret. I find myself enjoying most of its OB releases very much, and it’s always nice to try an independent bottling from the distillery. Of course, Balvenie does not approve of bottling its casks by IBs under their name, so those casks need to be teaspooned (meaning we add a tiny amount of another malt to the cask making it a blended malt which can not be then labeled as Balvenie), and released under different aliases and labels, this time a “burnside” released by Maltbarn. a very nice cask laid in 1989 and bottled in 2014 which makes it 25 years old. I first tasted it a few weeks back during a nice whisky session with a friend (it was a tough competition with a 45 year old Glenglassugh and an 1977 Karuizawa!) but I kept a sample handy to try a few days later, to fully appreciate this dram, as I loved it from first sight.

    Burnside 25 yo 1989 50,9% abv , Maltbarn 2014, bourbon cask, 167 btl.burnside-1989-maltbarnNose: Oh la la. let the party begin! That’s a great opening: big wood effect over here. With a nice mélange of aromas: deep Mānuka honey, a certain waxy feeling too. there’s also some fruit, of course : pear and freshly picked berries , vanilla and dried coconut , and that lovely wood varnish dominating the scene. My kind of nose. I am a sucker for that wood. you know it by now…

    Palate : Thick and luscious. With sweet apricot dipped in honey, lovely wood and varnish, vanilla and oak with a peppery tang. Underneath you get rich sweet plum and some crushed nuts and some dates.I’m getting quite a bit of the beeswax here too, which is lovely.

    Finish: Honey and pollen, pepper and wood. Apples and bitter cocoa.


    In short : I want a bottle of this.

    This, my friends, is a cracking dram. A great example of a superb ex-bourbon cask, and a demonstration of why I love the Balvenie so much. It’s a dram you can sit with a long time.. It’s complex, and it’s big, and it’s enjoyable. It’s just my kind of whisky.

    Score: 90/100

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Beautiful, straight-lined bourbon keg Malt. As already mentioned, the alcohol is surprisingly well integrated. The finish is very citrusy.
    Let's see what happens with a little water ?!
    Beautiful honey notes come in the nose. Otherwise almost unchanged.

  7. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The fruity and sweet nose gives hope for a taste experience. What follows, however, is pepper and sharpness pure, never had such an interplay of flavors. This burnside you notice his age and the relatively high alcohol content in the taste. A very interesting and delicious whiskey, which I had hoped for more fruit in the taste. I still like it very much.
    • Nose
      Old wood mixes with the first nosing with slightly sweet malt. A wonderful mix of oranges, tangerines and lemons stands out from the spicier oak wood. A slightly sprightly alcoholic note is intensified, sweet vanilla and a hint of caramel or toffee penetrate through the fruity nose. Slowly the wood flavors disappear and sweetness dominates.
    • Taste
      The first sip is dominated by spicy old wood, briefly sweetness flashes on before a hefty load of pepper spreads throughout the mouth. Black pepper and a hint of chilli exude an extreme warmth. Slowly, the heat fades away and a touch of caramel and vanilla remain. The second sip of the burnside is creamy, then explodes again a load of pepper. This time it is heavier and the spiciness stays longer in the mouth.
    • Finish
      It's still beating in my mouth. The sharpness fades away slowly and a bitter oak aroma remains. A subtle walnut flavor is created, buttery creaminess and light sweetness come from the wood. Medium long, no rather long finish the finish.

  8. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes delicious! Really great integrated alcohol, seductive nose and especially in the taste / finish noticeable age
    • Nose
      dominant citrus fruits at the beginning, oranges, tangerines, subtle lemongrass, apricot, it is vanilla, slightly caramel, very clear and clean structured, there is little oak to feel, but it is always sweeter, malt, neat honey, increasingly pleasing and really tasty , Over time, the "old" wood flavors increase, apples, white chocolate and tons of honey. The nose I think is really great, and I also like the character of Balvenie very much.
    • Taste
      something pepper and who would have thought? Honey! Vanilla soup and Einback, white chocolate, caramel candy, pleasantly creamy, oranges, sour wood, subtle bitterness, almond, apricot
    • Finish
      Honey, "crispy oak", pastries, oranges, apricot, a hint of coffee, medium length

  9. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Burnside 25 yo 1989/2014 (50.9%, Maltbarn, bourbon, 167 bottles)
    Good, not really Balvenie, as as we all know, Burnside is the name of
    the blended malt made out of Balvenie (teaspooned with other malts by W.
    Grant). Colour: gold. Nose: starts on oak and leaves, so very vegetal,
    with many less plums and quinces – or any other fruits. A yeasty side as
    well, sour wood, crushed stems… It’s a little surprising but certainly
    not unpleasant. What’s quite funny, though, is that those fruits do come
    out, but you have to wait for ten minutes. Greengages, honey, white
    chocolate… With water: a little menthol that adds more freshness. Some
    mead as well, and again this wee feeling of sour wood, sour apples…
    Mouth (neat): typical Balvenie this time. More plums, a touch of rhubarb
    and orange, apricots, drops of maple syrup… It’s bright and even a
    little zesty, but it’s true that Balvenie and bourbon wood usually work
    very well together. With water: good. Orange juice with a little
    vanilla. A discreet fizzy side. Finish: medium, in keeping. Oranges and
    plums, more mead in the aftertaste. Comments: don’t we have a tie? SGP: - 85 points.

  10. hettrum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88


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