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Balblair 1990

Overall rating
88.01/100
votes
148
Whiskybase ID
WB73989
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Bourbon Casks & Sherry Butts
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010509800693
Added on
04 Nov 2015 9:10 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 199.95

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148 × member ratings

272 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.01 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Always a bit off the beaten track, Balblair was one of few distilleries sticking to vintage bottlings until just recently. Distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2015, the aroma of this Highlander is a true delight. Blood oranges, papaya and delicate spices intermingle with cereals, lemongrass and hints of cocoa. A complex and well-balanced flavor profile marks the palate: fruity-sweet and spicy at first, the taste develops more floral, aromatic and mildly acidic. Chocolaty-bitter, warming and almost sparkling, the prolonged finish waves farewell. A great Single Malt to savor!

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. tribe scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Yes yes 79euro with a Dutchman there was what a price-performance ratio that was. Dark berries very strong with earthy tones and bread, malt and sherry.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Big fun. Pretty lively and zingy for its age - my guess is that a sizable portion of liquid matured in either ex-European oak or virgin oak has gone into this batch.
    As fas as affordable older Highlanders go, I'd prefer this to the - roughly similarly priced - AnCnoc 22 and 24.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Plum cake, polish, marzipan, exotically-flavored fruit gums, wine-soaked barrel staves. Quite a bit of acidity - probably due to the ex-bourbon components that went into the vatting, but there's also a sense of slightly sour wood influence (in a good way, though). Very fruity, with quince, mirabelle, apricot, and cherry. The fruit vies for dominance with the wood, without a clear winner in sight. With plenty of air, there's some hickory wood smoke, paprika, and smoky barbecue sauce. Though the sense of sherry seasoning and active wood is strong here, it's still a very rich and varied nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Does not need water. Super smooth and silky arrival, gets then slowly and steadily more peppery / spicy and intense. If you'd have to visualize the development on the palate, you'd surely draw an upward tending graph: it starts slowly and then just builds and builds and builds. Basically, you get multivitamin fruit juice in the beginning, then a dash of wood spice, leading up to a ginger-and-chili finale. At the death, there's some late chocolate and espresso. Impressive.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Longer than medium, but not extremely well-defined. Some lingering cocoa and indistinct red fruits, while the zingy spiciness slowly ebbs away. Water makes it fruitier and (duh:) softer without offering any real improvement. A lot of marzipan as well. There's too much active, peppery oak in here for my taste.

  6. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rum raisins, sweet red apples, some caramel. Some reeds and eucalyptus. Honeydew melon, gold kiwi. New leather, a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Apples, nectarines, light honey and a little pepper. Nougat. Black tea with sugar candy.

  7. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    2019.12.27
    • Nose
      Very clean aldehydic sherry, oaky, slight cognac character. Toffee, fudgey creaminess. Barely fruity if at all.
    • Taste
      Oak complexity, but barely bitter, with great creaminess. With water and time it gets even more creamy. Slightly sweet wit no fruity components for me.
      Yes, it seems to me very close to the 2017 version, and probably the whole 1990 line goes mainly on that cognac character, which makes a great transition to them.
    • Finish
      Very warming finish with a unique oaky complexity

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Mix of fresh fruit and stewed fruit on the nose as well as honey. Great fullness, perceptible age, soft, melted, sherry, caramel, well integrated alcohol. Great length in the mouth. It's good work. Enthusiasm 4/5

  10. stollimaus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Meanwhile, there are 4 versions of Balblair 1990 "2nd Edition":
    Bottled 2013: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/77574/balblair-1990
    2014: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75639/balblair-1990
    2015: this one
    2016: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/86207/balblair-1990
    And all are called 2nd Edition ...
    Strange marketing of Balblair!
    2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Edition would be more logical? Or???

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