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Balblair 1990

Overall rating
88.04/100
votes
156
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

€ 102.13

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156 × member ratings

279 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.04 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. 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.

  3. tribe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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

  4. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  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 Senior

    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 Connoisseur

    • 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???

  11. 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.

  12. Nestheth scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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;

  15. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  16. ApricotOne scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    tasted during a Balblair Masterclass, november 2015
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. Arjo S scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  19. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Bendrachm did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Eye: Deep woody umber. Nose: Warm and fuzzy. At first, full-bodied and sweet (Portuguese pastry with grated citrus, and sultana) with an intriguing edge of recently chopped garlic. With patience the sweetness breaks into more distinct components: evident vanilla custard and icing sugar come through. Then more sultana and increasingly briny caramel and maple pecan pie. After that a hint of sweet-sour grappa, and even a faint volcanic note (or is it garlic again?). Nicely layered, this one. Mouth: A fresh entry with sticky sweetness. Sherry, gentle vanilla notes and kitchen spice.  Lemon candy. Surprisingly, garden cress in the finish; almost a metallic-like tingle on the tongue (ever licked a battery pole as a child?). Note: This Balblair really pays off when you give it time. There's a real chrysalis going on in the glass: from mere alcoholic candy to a colourful butterfly! I drank it neat, but my host Henri discovered a drop of water triggers the mineral, briny note. Nice one!

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Lush toffee, milk chocolate and a good helping of vanilla. A sprinkle of spice round out the nose.Palate: Citrus fruits come through first, followed by honey-covered raisins. The spice from the nose makes an appearance.Finish: Lengthy and full-flavoured.Overall: Good amounts of sweet fruits and soft spices, a brilliant full-bodied expression.

  23. fileosoph scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

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