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Balblair 1990

Overall rating
87.97/100
votes
276
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

€ 317.08

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276 × member ratings

473 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

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

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Photo 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. 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

  5. Koning scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted my own bottle of this in comparison with samples of the most recent editions of the 1989, 1991, 2000 and 2005 vintages. This clearly is the darkest in colour ánd character. Nevertheless, the sherry influence isn't overpowered, it shares many Balblair characteristics.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Deep nose that combines fruitiness (red apples, cherries, kiwi and raisins) with dark notes(chocolate, coffee, furniture polish). I also get vanilla, hazelnuts and mint leaves.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Surprisingly sour, but in a beautiful way: grapefruit, citrus fruits, sour cherries, yogurt and rhubarb. Some milk chocolate, coffee, oak spcies and at times a whiff of sulpher provide more depth.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial warm spiciness (ginger, cinnamon and pepper) is followed by citrus fruits, cherry liquor, some vanilla, cacao and furniture polish. A whiff of sulpher lingers, which is a minus to me.

  6. 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

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What can I say ? It's definitely a personnal favourite, and an incredible bang for your buck methinks (considering age and quality at such a low price). So I'm gonna go for a light 90 on this sample because it's just so damn easy and quaffable, everything works in sync and Balblair, which I already adore the usual bourbon-profile, just nailed the sherry influence on this one. That said, I wouldn't give 90 to every Balblair 1990 2nd ed because some later editions were less fruity. 
    • Nose
      (2014 edition) After multiple tastes of it I finally get myself to properly review it. And I immediately recall why I've always loved it that much. In my eyes, it remains to this day one of the best balance between distillate and sherry that one can find at a reasonable price, thanks to Balblair's incredibly wood-resilient distillate. So you've got bananas, wild strawberries and peaches on the one side, and then on the sherried side rather plums, milk chocolate, Maltesers and fine oaky touches. With that subtle fruity-sherry influence and those peachy tones, it's actually quite cognac-like, in the best sense. Effortlessly pleasurable, a classic.
    • Taste
      Obvious prolongation. Harder to pick apart but the whole is just as charming : Cognac, fine wood, white peach, milk chocholate and these trademark lactic notes : whipped cream, cappuccino, ... To sum it up : creamy fruits, milk chocolate and discrete oak. The definition of easy, I can't see why one would dislike that.
    • Finish
      Wood slightly grows in power, which is normal, but stays totally under control. Cappuccino, maybe some raspberry, various fruity, oaky and vegetal tones. The most sherried part. Long for 46%.

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

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

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Rich, concentrated and building from strength to strength, with
    abundant of well matured bourbon cask goodies in it, expect the clove
    and plum dressed with whiff of sour milk and ripe blackberries jam. A
    splash of water to enhance the soft chocolate and grassiness. P- Full flavour and velvet creamy texture, gingery hot, spiced sourish
    honey, underlay with sweet fig to hold all up together. Elegantly
    balanced.

    F- Very long and lingering, spice hot.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. 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.

  11. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    (Disclaimer: Tried at the fair)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - 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

  14. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I am a bit divided. The nose of the Balblair is really very fine and beautiful. Rather less sherry, but more on the Bourben side. In my mouth, however, I missed these aromas from the nose, especially the honey sweetness and this orange jam. I had secretly hoped for more from my first balblair. Don't get me wrong, he's a good malt. But unfortunately not anymore either. Maybe it's just my day form. I will certainly give the Balblair one or two chances to pick up more in terms of taste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The Balblair shows itself in a deep amber, almost going towards copper. The tears, medium in number, run gently down. Immediately comes a nice mix of fruits from red apples and oranges. Clear sweetness in the beginning. Aromatic wood, almost like sandalwood, very slightly in the background. With the exception of the orange, the beginning of the nose is more concentrated towards the bourbon barrel. After a few minutes in the glass, the aromas become heavier. The orange becomes an orange jam, but without the zest in it. Caramel candies appear on the screen.
      After the first sip, the honey sweetness fades in the nose and the spices become more noticeable here too. The orange remains. It resembles an orange chutney.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Surprisingly spicy start in the mouth. A rather watery mouthfeel at the beginning. Little is noticed of the sweetness at the first sip. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger immediately take control. The second sip makes it more oily. The spices remain. A little lemon, grapefruit is added. The orange from the nose is now gone.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spicy, dark chocolate with subtle bitterness. Lemon is there too. Nice aromatic oak cargo. Finish is not overly long. Towards the end, the oak clearly takes command.

  16. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good malt. No more and no less. If I had a big bottle, I wouldn't be sad. I would definitely not buy one now.
    • Nose
      Quittengelee. Wood glaze. Orange jam. Chocolate grape nut. Maybe a few honeycombs. A touch of floral. A few spices like nutmeg. A certain freshness too. Maybe menthol.
    • Taste
      Herber honey. Some honey mead. Orange oil. Juicy wood. Again and again a memory of Sprite. Then the oak sets in and it tingles pleasantly. Slightly moldy notes also get through.
    • Finish
      The tingling subsides - but is still present - and the flow of saliva begins. Now come citrus fruits. Then drier wood notes and leather.

  18. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very successful Highland Single Malt!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      old dark fruits (plums, raisins, berries), a lot of sherry, oak;
    • Taste
      full-bodied onset, heavy ripe fruits (raisins), honey, sweetness, spicy bitter oak;
    • Finish
      soft long finish; long sherry-fruity aftertaste;

  19. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nez : Majoritairement influencé par le sherry, il dispose de ses arômes de fruits mûrs, de chocolat. Est également présent le miel, celui-ci prend des aspects caramélisés. L'ensemble est disons soft, avec des épices sous le manteau de fruits, poivre, un peu de gingembre. Enfin quelque chose de plus frais, presque mentholé, et aussi acidulé apparaît, tenant des agrumes.
    • Taste
      Bouche : Elle reste très douce, avec une présence citronnée directe, ce que je n'attendais pas en levé de rideau. Ensuite et de manière dominante, c'est le sherry. Des notes de pain grillé, c'est à la fois sec et fruité. Caramel, chocolat, boisé. Tous ces arômes sont bien fondus et incorporent ce miel, cette vanille en provenance des fûts de bourbon. Légèrement soufrée, avec également des raisins secs. 
    • Finish
      Finale : Bien plus d'épices, avec une sécheresse modérée. Les agrumes se déclinent sous forme de zestes d'orange, légèrement amers. Un retour sur ce style frais et mentholé.

  20. dram_on scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nose: honeyed peaches, toasted oak, ripe dark cherries

    Palate: silky smooth honey, plum wine, burnt raspberries

    Finish: short, salted peanuts, burnt berries

    Overall: can see why some like this whisky but it doesn't quite work for me, perhaps I need to let my bottle breathe some more (>1 month open now)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/bottle-polishing-three-3s-part-3-3/

    We can all agree the vintage year is clear, but what is it with these releases? This is a 1990 vintage 2nd release bottled in 2014, though there are subsequent 1990 vintages bottled in 2015 and again in 2017, also second releases - what!? Highlighting the issue, I’ve read that the 1990/2014 & 1990/2017 [WF89] are wildly different to this one WF81. With the bottling year printed vertically as small print on the back label of the bottle, it’s crucial information retailers often fail to mention. Balblair could eradicate this long running confusion in a jiffy. I’ll write to them.

    [UPDATE]
    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/inverhouse-at-the-fringe/

    N: Thoroughly pleasing. Beneath the initial oaky>boozy hit awaits a curiosity shop of treats. Within the fruity oily layers there’s quite a plethora of unusual smells that aren’t so easily broken down into spirit/cask camps, given 23 years of alchemy.
    T: Like an oaky hummus blended to smithereens, it’s pretty woody and tart [Serge]. What emerges shortly after is a heavy putty/malty fruitiness [oranges & lemons] with chocolate to fudge and caramac - all lined by oak. Given time and some water, you have a delicious mouthful. It’s not overly complex nor clever, just tasty/gluggable - though this isn’t consistent. Also, the journey is stupidly short, especially neat.
    F: We see some old paraffin-wax and a murky nondescript selection of home & garden oil & spray products joining the malty/oaky/putty dry mango/citrus action. Short again and very drying on a dry cracked peppery<zesty oaky plane with a touch of dry lime vanilla. Water however lengthens the finale a touch with an oaky-ish putty finish.
    C: The nose aside, this Balblair doesn’t set my world on fire though there are moments. The solution is to simply return back to snifting and repeat the cycle, and look for the 1990/2017 [2nd release].

    Scores a B-

  22. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. BehindSpace scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Jan Bart scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      73 73

  25. SilentBeing scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Absolutely delicious whisky. Slightly underwhelming on the nose, but makes up for it on the palate and in the finish. Beautiful sherry maturation without a hint of sulphur. Chocolate candy in liquid form.
    • Nose
      The nose is quite gentle and a bit dusty. Vanilla and barley sugar. Fruitiness with orange zest, raisins and green bananas. A hint of milk chocolate and cardamom. With water comes hints of red cherries and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Plenty of barley sugar and milk chocolate with red cherries, sweet apples and a little strawberry. A gentle spiciness with notes of ginger and cinnamon. A hint of cola bottle fruit gums towards the finish.
    • Finish
      Long and gentle. More chocolate and cola bottle fruit gums with a light oakiness.

  26. Blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I was not necessarily excited about the opening of the bottle, but after a little time, I discovered an excellent dram, a beautiful complexity and I must say that I really loved !!
    • Nose
      Nose light enough but devilishly effective, obvious notes of sherry, on plum, raisins, milk chocolate more distant. Some sweet spices too (cinnamon, clove, I do not know). Elegant and complex.
    • Taste
      Attack quite light at first, then the festival begins. Superb balance between sherry and bourbon cask, one tempering the other wonderfully. Plum juice is fruity, slightly woody, slightly salty even, everything is super well balanced (again) and really pleasant!
    • Finish
      Long, sparkling, on dry white grapes.

  27. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Second test                                 
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. Wilco scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  31. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. gerardsmike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  33. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram with very little defect ... I wonder what he would give with some extra Watts. It is very accessible and likely to please the Boeotian Whisky.
    • Nose
      A light nose but which, if allowed to be tamed, can become very fruity & greedy. There is cooked banana, apple, lychee, grapes, black currant residue, honey and vanilla. Behind all this, a minty wave traces its path.
    • Taste
      The attack on the palate is light (46%) in a dance that quickly becomes greasy / oily. The mouth is "boise" gradually on chocolate, vanilla and some spices here and there. The finish is clearly saline.
    • Finish
      An average finish on chocolate, berries & Sherry. Salt is always present too.

  35. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is a gentle, well balanced whisky. Nothing really spectacular, but rock solid!
    • Nose
      Sultanas and berries (blueberry, blackcurrant) from the sherry cask, yet honey, a little bit caramel, vanilla, and mint from the ex bourbon casks. Put on top some clove and nutmeg. 
    • Taste
      Creamy and soft, with added spices and a pleasant level of bitterness towards the end. It's all well behaved, even a bit restrained due to the reduction to 46% ABV. 

      Caramel fudge, orange juice, sultanas, banana, mint and a mix of pepper, ginger, clove and nutmeg
    • Finish
      Here, the lack of power shows: the  finish is rather short, but not unpleasant. Eclairs, sultanas, orange zest, and a combination of spices and herbs (mainly mint).

  36. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is a little below but this Balblair is overall satisfactory. the tart notes can be confusing, but the salty sherry character is nice.
    87+ / 88-
    • Nose
      Honey, caramel, traces of herbs. the nose is (too) discreet. Fresh freshness in the background (menthol? Eucalyptus?), And tangy redcurrant notes.
    • Taste
      Much better than the nose, with a rather greasy texture, made salty, with dried fruits, notes a leather, old wood, nuts. Sour and vegetal touch
    • Finish
      back tangy, gooseberries, pepper, old wood and walnut.

  37. tomy63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, little nose causing, on the caramel. Much better in the mouth, with a good size, a fat texture, chocolate, dried fruits, red fruits, honey, not too sweet, a saline frame in the background. Quite long for 46%, on chocolate and a very pleasant salty side.

  38. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose well caramel, red fruits (currant?). The mouth brings the same rendering of currants with salt but the middle is too bitter for me. The power is revealed in the final but unfortunately the vegetable bitterness is reinforced. Way.

  39. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, cherries, blood oranges. Some marzipan. Tree bark, wet leaves and damp soil.
    • Taste
      Plums and raisins. Crumpets. Almonds and walnuts. Honey, some milk chocolate and oak flavor. Medium.

  40. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    To the price (Anno 06/16) Euro 103.- the hammer.
    markjedi aptly described this whisky
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  41. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  42. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    the sherry has the upper hand here, really nice fruity style with toffee and Christmas spices, flawless, enough complexity and very tasty

  44. zormik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Waykid scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I think that the original price-age-quality ratio was very good indeed. Makes me seriously consider of purchasing another bottle for the keeping. Not stellar but an example of contemporary OB done elaborately to a thoroughly satisfying result.
    • Nose
      Delectably fruity, dried apricot, red apple, a bit of tangerine and mango. Butterscotch, soft and rounded. A bit of nippy alcohol and dry chalk from thereunder. A very good oaky toffee, hints of smoky and savoury liquorice.
    • Taste
      Fruity, dried apricot and banana, a bit of mango and bitter apple. Honeyd malt, waft of smoke. Something dry & bitter in the direction of mushells, mineral saltiness. Balances quite beatifully with time.
    • Finish
      Semi-dry toffee-oak, savoury. Enjoyable, moderately long.

  48. Mascht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, wood, pears
    • Taste
      Wood, dried fruits, bitter cocoa
    • Finish
      very long, bitter, a lot of wood

  49. ddertzaar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherrytöne, Aprikose, Bratapfel, Rumrosinen, Vanille, Zimt, Schale einer alten Banane (noch genießbar aber schon braune Stellen), Zitrustöne (in die Richtung von Orangenschale mit deutlichen Bitternoten) 
    • Taste
      Zu Beginn deutlicher (rötlicher) Apfel, Pfirsich und unreife Kirsche (klingt blöd aber die Assoziation habe ich...). Dann wird es salzig/würzig und es kommen sehr schnell die Fassaromen durch mit einer geilen Bitterkeit (die sich in der Nase schon angedeutet hat).
    • Finish
      Im Abgang dunkle Schokolade im Zusammenspiel mit Zitrustönen. Zudem melden sich die Aprikose und die Rosinen nochmal gegen Ende zusammen mit einer dezenten Würzigkeit.

  50. Glennie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  51. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  52. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A full-bodied, rich and interesting whisky. Surprisingly more spices on the palate than the sweet nose suggests. So far I’ve found the Single Malts from Balblair all quite subtle and delicate but this one delivers big and bold flavours. I have to say that this one is my favorite from this distillery so far. Much more to my liking! 

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-397-balblair-1990-24-year/
    • Nose
      A fresh, sweet, well balanced and rich whisky with aromas of fresh fruits, sultanas, banana, vanilla, oak sap, honey, old oak, dried fruits (apricots and dates), ripe plums, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, white chocolate, candied ginger, candied citrus peels, subtle sweet sherry, hint of sulphur, rosewood, musty cellar and creamy oak. 
    • Taste
      A fresh (slightly sour), sweet and rich whisky with aromas of slightly sour apple, pear, sweet sherry, dried fruits (apricots, plums, dates and banana), lemon juice, new leather, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sultanas, rum, rosewood, cedar wood, sour plums, chocolate, mocha, honey, forest berries, tannins and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      A long and slightly drying finish with aromas of spices (mainly ginger and pepper), tannins, sulphur, orange peels, grapefruit, sultanas, vanilla, chocolate and creamy oak.

  53. Zumbar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  54. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A few drops of water bring some paper glue to the nose, marzipan to the palate and almonds to the finish. Fantastic balance in this one, a 23-year-old whisky with a sherry finish that really stands out compared to the 1999 version. Amazing stuff in my opinion.

    (Rating interval 89-93)
    • Nose
      Sherry spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, dried apricots and sultanas, subtle citrus and vanilla in combination with a basket of tropical fruits, brown sugar or syrup and banana skin. 
    • Taste
      Fruity arrival with apple and pears rather than the tropical fruits found on the nose. Some table salt on the front of the tongue as well. It becomes spicier on the development with cinnamon, nutmeg but also melted milk chocolate and lemon candy.
    • Finish
      The finish is about complex spices, almost some chai latte tea in there somewhere. The tropical fruits from the nose reappear with milk chocolate, and cracked black pepper. 

  55. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    fruity, some sherry, cherries

  56. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  57. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Toffee, chocolate, vanilla, spicy
    • Taste
      Citrus, honey, sweet, raisins, spicy 
    • Finish
      Medium long, oaky, spicy

  58. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  59. ApricotOne scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  60. molar3rd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Vanilla citrus and crystallized ginger. Fresh cut grass and a hint of spiced wood and orchard fruit. Creamy and lively with the slightest hint of varnish.

    Palate: Sweet concentrated and creamy. Peppery yet fruity. Wood, fruit, malt and the teensiest hint of smoke. Delicious.

    Finish : Fruit and malt. Drying.

    Another very good dram from the guys over at Balblair. House style with an addition of complexity from the bourbon+sherry combo. A keeper.

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  61. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  62. notesofmalt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Balblair 1990-2013, approx. 23 years, 2nd. Release, 46% alc. original bottling
    Maturation: bourbon and sherry casks
    Region: Highlands, Scotland

    Nose: Spicy and sweet, ripe fruits, berries and apples. Very creamy and sweet, toffee, honey, a little vanilla and a small portion of malt. A scent of raisins also comes out of the glass, followed by ammonia and a touch of pepper. Finally, lacquered wood and chocolate. Palate: Full-bodied and noticeably spicy than in the nose, somewhat oily in character. Soft fruits, sultanas, bitter substances, dark chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of sulfur. Overall, quite strong with bitter oak barrels.

    Finish: Very long and spicy, bitter tannins, light aromas of sulfur, currants, raisins and blackberries.

    Conclusion: Beautiful Balblair - only the slight sulfuric touch has bothered me a bit.
    86/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 105 €)
    Thanks to the distillery Kammer-Kirsch for sample and photo

  63. Willie JJ scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This couldn't be accused of a smooth finish, but there a lot of great fun flavour to it and nothing much to complain about.
    • Nose
      Thumping fruit flavoured malt concentrate. Treacle toffee, spiced fruit cake, prunes and cinnamon. Very nice.
    • Taste
      Big, bright, fruity delivery with the flavours of burnt malt coming through strongly. Not as nice as the nose, but still good.
    • Finish
      Big citrus notes come through here, but they are quickly overtaken by the peppery spices that fairly fizz on the palate.Plenty of other things going on in an exciting way.

  64. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting BTC 2014 - #11
    • Nose
      sherry, pastry - puff paste, fruity chewing gum, orange and fruity - sweet apple   
    • Taste
      tobacco, wax, chocolate, fudge, tea, leather, vanilla and popcorn
    • Finish
      creme brulee, cappuccino, apple, leather and wax

  65. turfsmurf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Notes based on a blind sample. It's a bit drying but I like the variety of spices in the finish.
    • Nose
      Gingerbread, bananas. After a while some oriental spices.
    • Taste
      A bit drying. Tobacco leaves. Orange rind. A few seconds after swallowing the spice brigade comes marching in.
    • Finish
      A sweet, dry and spiced long-lasting finish with notes of tobacco.

  66. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A nice whisky indeed. It does lack a little bit of power.
    • Nose
      This one starts of fruity, with oranges, peaches and plums. But then it becomes more woody, and also a bit herbal after some time. Caramel appears as well.
    • Taste
      Warming palate. A bit salty and a hint of pepper, but then some lovely tropical fruit. As the nose suggests, a bit oaky. But the nice caramel and honey tones bring back the balance.
    • Finish
      Some chocolate, honey and caramel. But after a couple of minutes it gets fruitier. Very pleasant.

  67. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Gorgeous rich nose, where the well-aged spirit beautifully balances the bourbon and sherry cask aspects: dark berries and raisins sit alongside toffee, vanilla and honey, with some floral/heather notes appearing with the addition of a couple of drops of water. The water also released some esters/varnish notes I usually associate with even older (30yo+) malts. Spicy and peppery initially on the palate, with a delayed second wave of flavours bringing creamy yoghurt, vanilla and sweet floral honey. Long, lingering finish with the peppery spice and creamy aspects to the fore. Really nice dram and not bad value for a 23yo OB in the current climate.

  68. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This 1990 Vintage is an atypical Balblair. The fresh and floral signature are replaced by complex sherry flavours. A short marriage with Oloroso butts gives it a unique character with notes of orange and chocolate.
    • Nose
       A rich nose of raisins, oranges and milk chocolate. Pim’s biscuits (Belgian chocolate biscuits with orange marmelade) and butterscotch. There’s also a lot of sweet spices and ‘peperkoek’ (breakfast cake made from rye, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar) with honey. Water unleashes red fruits. Strawberries and redcurrants ready to be picked on a hot summer’s day.
    • Taste
       It is less sweet than the nose. I’m discovering mostly spices. Black pepper, nutmeg and cloves. Then oranges and chocolate. But this time it’s more like candied orange peel dipped in chocolate. Water emphasizes the bitterness of orange peel.
    • Finish
      A long soft finish with oranges and an oily texture.

  69. Mushinico scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  70. Thewowbar1986 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good dram,gorgeous nose that makes me happy...and it keeps me happy on the palate!!very very good value for money...i paid it 98€,in my opinion a small price for a stunning 23y balblair!!

  71. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Super dark [bourbon and ex-sherry casks]. Caramel, coffee, cheeses, hazelnuts, honey and butter, homemade fruit jams - raspberries, satsumas, apples, blueberry muffins wound together, some biscuit notes, more like a complex grain, nettle tea.
    T: Rich honey delivery as you'd expect, some mild pepper spice, with some light vegetal salty notes. The honey wine continues to open out with the wood, allowing all the sugars to develop. Its quite sickly sweet, but not like the AnCnoc 14, it holds itself at the brink. [the '90 Islay cask 1466 adds a fungal note here which balances the sherry fruits beautifully]. Theres a resurgence of pepper now, it wants you to know what your drinking, this isn't a snooze and slippers dram thats for sure. Then all that sickly sugar turns to a chewy toffee note - i guess we are into the finish here, amazing, its like a toffee appears in the mouth through magic.
    F: After a long and lingering palate theres an impressive appearance of aniseed, grainy caramel notes with salt lingering like an old Pulteney. The death brings up a combination of sweet fried seaweed, toffee, salt and some caramel, superb. But its the fudge/toffee [Wurthers/Eclairs] which stays with you. But then theres a peppery cinnamon arrival 5 minutes later.
    C: I was initially disappointed with this, having tasted so many amazing drams lately.  But this is a 23yo, i hadn't given it enough time and respect. This will no doubt get better and better as i experience it further as it did as the first dram went down. Class act. After tasting the 1990 Islay cask, this 1990 2nd release is reminding me of the AnCnoc 14, lets hope this doesn't last. Its amazing how much age the Balblair can take, is it the climate, being so Northern? It can't touch the 1975!
    Im getting near to the end of the bottle now and boy, how this has held up to its rivals.  Ive tasted probably 20 different drams since opening this bottle, and this is right up there, so much so I'm upping this score from B+ to A-, easily deserves that. Its a tricky one because its quite prickly and isn't easy to penetrate through the pepper and sweetness, however there are rewards for those that do. Certainly could be misjudged and mis-understood from a single sample alone.  Note to self - trust your instincts but be mindful of judging on first impressions alone. Less a journey dram, more a treasure hunt dram! Start looking under rocks dram.

    Scores an A-

  72. Kirsch scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Clean and fresh on the nose. Complex, and fruity with apples and pears, creme brûlée, oak and lots of barley. Some sherry and toffee. On taste, more sherry cask effects, honey, toffee, buttery, creamy toffee. Long finish that's quite dry with lingering toffee and a hint of chocolate. Overall, this 23 year old is a thoroughly enjoyable, complex dram.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

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