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Whisky Reviews for Burnside 1989 CA
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points
- Really solid, but I'm missing the lush fruitiness that Balvenies, ahem, I mean, *Burnsides* can display at this age.
The bourbon barrels stand front and center, with creamy/sweet top notes of marzipan, corn syrup, icing sugar, as well as caramel and vanilla custard. Then come drier, perhaps even parched notes of hay, straw, and sun-dried meadows or fields. Behind that lie the fruity aspects: seville oranges, grape, perhaps a gooseberry or two. The fruitiness, however, seems pretty soft and subdued. The heavy cask influence comes at the expense of what the spirit may have had to offer after 26 years of maturation, which is a shame, as this is usually the main attraction for me with these older Burnsides. Still very good, of course. ;)
The attack is juicy, full, mild in bite but intense in flavor. Extremely "drinkable", for lack of a better term. Great balance between sour and bitter, tart fruits and quinine, like a lime-based long highball that's been filled up with tonic water. I'm missing a bit of sweetness on the mid-palate, though, and the fruits could be more pronounced. Again, still a really good and natural old ex-bc-matured malt.
Marzipan, maize, canned fruits (peaches, mandarins) in syrup. After the initial rush of sugars, it becomes more tart, with quite some tannins and a tongue-numbing effect akin to sichuan peppers.
Take 2 for this one also [WLP90], but I didn’t know it at the time.
N: ‘All-fruit cake decoration deliciousness‘ is all I noted because I was too engrossed in enjoying every tropical fruity moment. So much to love.
T: More of this in my life please. What is it Mark Twain said? “Too much good whiskey is barely enough”. A desirably weighted body to start,….
F: ,… seemingly bottled just in time, but even its slightly aged flaws are enjoyable.
C: Whilst I’m currently re-embracing entry-level whiskies again, these really good oldies [even when they aren’t perfect], put it all back into perspective once again. Whisky isn’t all about age, no, it’s all about maturation that occurs with age.
Burnside is undisclosed Balvenie with a teaspoon of Glenfiddich. The other way around and it would be called Wardhead.
N: Very Balvenie-like and even Balblair-ish. Starts on chalky fruits that become richer & richer with an aromatic bouquet of ripe tropical fruits.
T: Same again on those luscious fruits with a dry, chalky, sour<sweet profile moving forward. A good weighted body, thinning a touch later on.
F: Custard creams served before the Rich Tea. Sour<sweet conclusion, reflective of the overall journey.
C: Somewhat perfect. I could drink a bottle if it weren’t for the £200+ price-tag. Aren’t 1980’s bottlings looking rarer & rarer since the 70’s bottlings surged beyond their/my price point?
Scores an A-
- Bottler's note:
Nose: Marshmallows, lemon meringue pie with runny toffee and hints of blueberries.
Palate: Custard creams, almonds; slightly salty with growing citrus fruits.
Finish: Creamy, hints of coffee beans with honey and dried apricots.