Balblair 1990

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Bourbon Casks & Sherry Butts
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
04 Nov 2015 9:10 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 199.95

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.97 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points 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. rolabob scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  3. mosesumike scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I always had that on the radar. Rob had named him "Whisky of the Year".
    I have to say, he has never disappointed me.
    Also bunkered several bottles.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The sherry should become dominant on the nose. Is he. The full program from plum to raisin everything. But Brennerei shimmers slightly malty and connects everything together. Well done. Even the alcohol knows its limits. Sweet and sour take turns. As is often the case with such bottlings, chocolate and caramel are not forgotten. Fine!
    • Taste
      88 88
      He has plenty of power and spice. But pleasant and not too intrusive. For lovers of bittersweet chocolate a pleasure. You want to try that again and again. Caution is advised!
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finale is wonderfully medium to long and finely tuned. No dryness and no bitter end. Everything flatters chocolaty and sweet.
      You do not want to stop anymore.
      Dangerously tasty.

  4. 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

  5. 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???

  6. stollimaus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    There seem to be more sherry than bourbon casks per cent.
    Fantastic nose, great long finish, just a tad too spicy in the first mouthfeel.
    Thus only 88 instead of 90 points from me.
    • Nose
      The sweet sherry aromas of prunes and raisins dominate. Although very sweet, it comes across very harmoniously and rounded. Alcohol and malt are very well integrated. A slightly sour note flashes from time to time, but is immediately displaced by the sweetness again. Later comes some caramel and chocolate. A fantastic nose for those who like sweet sherry casks.
    • Taste
      Oops. As round and balanced as the nose was, the first sip surprises you with a slightly peppery, crisp note! This stays that way with a few drops of water. Behind it follow the beautiful chocolate notes "Zartbitter".
    • Finish
      Relatively long and pleasant. Becomes neither bitter nor dry, but remains an interplay of chocolaty and sweet sherry notes.

  7. Nestheth scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Nestheth scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A combination of sourness, sweetness and spicyness. Spices being dominant, then sourness, then sweetness. Were it the other way around, I might score this higher.
    • Nose
      The nose is a fresh sherry.
      Vanilla, sherry, chocolate, apple, oak.
    • Taste
      Add pepper. Chocolate is prominent behind pepper. Some sour fruit, like lemon.
    • Finish
      Pepper leaves mouth tingling for a while. Water damps the sensation. Sourness.

  9. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    There is an association with so many Glenfarclas bottling; pleasant but not outstanding;
    • Nose
      Fine subtle sherry flavors, ripe fruits - especially (red) apples, oranges, lemon, malt flavors (sweet), heather?
    • Taste
      Significant sherry influence, red fruits, red apples, subtly acidic, in the background almonds, heather, oak and pleasantly warming;
    • Finish
      Warming, spicy, acid-stressed, medium-long;

  10. Whisky-Tester scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85


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