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Balblair 1990

Overall rating
87.95/100
votes
265
Whiskybase ID
WB75639
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2014
Casktype
American Bourbon & Spanish ex-Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010509800693
Added on
14 Dec 2015 3:35 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 248.11

39 × in wishlist

265 × member ratings

458 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.95 points

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Downgraded my score from a 90 to a 88. This is my second bottle, and although very good, not quite the way I remembered it the first time around. Not as much fruit and sherry in the second bottle as the first. It's the same release and both bottles were purchased at the same time, so their shouldn't be any difference between the two, other than my palate changing slightly and being more discerning now than before.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Plum Juice

    Different sources state that there has been a release of Balblair 1990 in 1998, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The last three were all called ‘Second Release’. How can this be? While somebody writes down the explanation, I will try the bottling from 2014.

    The sherry has clearly put its stamp on this nose. Wonderfully sweet notes of sultanas, banana, oranges, honey, vanilla, dried apricots and mango that goes hand in hand with the spices of which I remember mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Some brown sugar, rose water and toasted oak. I’ll gladly forgive the hint of molding wood and moist cellar.

    It is wonderfully sweet and creamy on the palate. Immediately I get some dried fruits in combination with Granny Smith apples and grapefruit, soaked in lime and plum juice. Good body! Hint of leather and mocha with a salty edge. Surprising and very good.

    The finish is medium long to long with the emphasis on pepper, ginger and cinnamon. At the death, a smidgen of sulpher dares to rear its ugly head.

    The nose was a lot sweeter than the palate, but is is still a gem. Not very delicate, but powerful and complex. Around 120 EUR nowadays.

  3. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. tw_xbein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    very nice full-bodied top whisky (8.4.2017)
    • Nose
      87 87
      slightly smoky, peaty, sherry notes, delicate wood spice, with aromas of boiled compote with plums, raisins, port wine
    • Taste
      88 88
      medium body, oily, velvety, full-bodied, very balanced, tasty,
      beautiful aromas, delicately smoky, sherry notes, honey, raisins, plums, sweet, raw sugar
    • Finish
      85 85
      velvety, short and lovely

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: fruity sweetness, tobacco, old wood - a bit musty, delicately spicy, some wax, oranges, toasted cereal (Kellogg's smacks from childhood), after the first sip strong elegant oak notes, a fresh fruity acidity Taste: sweet, spicy, full-bodied, syrupy, hazelnut nougat, prunes, raisins, dates, sawdust - rather grindy, slightly dry, with the second sip - full-bodied, slightly sharp on the tongue like grapefruit skin, various citrus notes, fruity acidity, balsam-like texture , hidden sherry tones, serve more as a backdrop for the bourbon flavors
    Conclusion: the drop has a high quality, is quite peculiar in its wood notes, I can not quite understand the hype so yummy but nothing so special
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting in BTC 2014.
    • Nose
      Toffee, raisin, plum, peach, vanilla, banana and apple. The sherry notes come up first but the bourbon notes win in the long run.
    • Taste
      Spicy, slightly meaty. Toffee, apple, raisin, blueberry, dark chocolate, oak and clove.
    • Finish
      Raisin, plum, dark chocolate, roasted almond, beer barley and blueberry. Pretty dry.

  8. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    - a damn good Highland single malt, with a very fruity sherry character
    - At the price of about 110 € at the time, it was completely reasonable for the good quality, currently everyone has to evaluate for themselves whether about 200 € are justified ....
    • Nose
      old fruits, lots of sherry, oak
    • Taste
      has a heavy and intense effect on the palate, full-bodied entry, strong sherry aroma, honey, sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium-long, soft finish, beautiful aromatic soft finish with a fruity note of sherry

  10. Teomarg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

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