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Balblair 1990

Overall rating
87.95/100
votes
258
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

€ 202.00

45 × in wishlist

258 × member ratings

444 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

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

  1. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  6. 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.

  7. Teomarg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Member 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.

  9. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.

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