- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- 2nd Release
- American Bourbon & Spanish ex-Sherry Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 50 ml 700 ml
- Added on
- 14 Dec 2015 3:35 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990
66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points
- 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.
- 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
- Blind tasting in BTC 2014.
Toffee, raisin, plum, peach, vanilla, banana and apple. The sherry notes come up first but the bourbon notes win in the long run.
Spicy, slightly meaty. Toffee, apple, raisin, blueberry, dark chocolate, oak and clove.
Raisin, plum, dark chocolate, roasted almond, beer barley and blueberry. Pretty dry.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
The tingling subsides - but is still present - and the flow of saliva begins. Now come citrus fruits. Then drier wood notes and leather.
- A very successful Highland Single Malt!
old dark fruits (plums, raisins, berries), a lot of sherry, oak;
full-bodied onset, heavy ripe fruits (raisins), honey, sweetness, spicy bitter oak;
soft long finish; long sherry-fruity aftertaste;
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.
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.
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.