Balblair 1990

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Calculated age
25 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks and Ex-Sherry Butts
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Aug 2016 8:09 pm by ToySoldier

Average value

€ 110,05

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Aromatic, buttered, fruity and fresh.
    • Taste
      Vegetable, juicy and easy.
    • Finish
      Fruity, juicy and complex.

      Nose & Finale 4/5
      Mouth 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2004

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Thanks to Dyno for the sample.
    • Nose
      It's sophisticated.

      Warm roasted nuts. Lightly citrusy on what I perceive as mandarin juice.

      After a while emerging notes of raisins and sweet apricots.

      An underlying note of quality wood.
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate with vanilla cream.

      Very rich, sweet with light gentle spice.
    • Finish
      On the verge of long, with sherry cask wood, nutty, drying bitterness.

      Empty glass has a very nice smell of sour cherries.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I think the bottle does not last long - incredibly easy flattering elegant, without boring, currently priced just over 80 € already quite attractive, even if you would deal with an Parliament certainly longer.
    • Nose
      Lemon and orange rise from the glass, oily creamy round and fine, oak, tobacco and mint give elegant volume, chocolate gingerbread hearts with apricot filling, sherrytöniges wax with orange oil and more mint - the nose is elegant and moving - beautiful balance of fruit and multi-faceted Oak - which never comes to the fore. After the first sip also red fruits - especially strawberries on the edge of the glass
    • Taste
      first dry, astringent, lots of chocolate and hazelnut cream, then apricot jam - beautiful sweet and sour balance, pepper, fine spicy but full-bodied oak cargo meets orange oil, mint, tingling tobacco and wax. very pleasant not overwhelming without being boring - always a little on the move, complex, not bitter
    • Finish
      warming, fine-spicy, full-bodied, a little ginger, orange oil, again dry - medium long with a long, sustained waxy note

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An ingenious malt - because you can ever give a courageous rating - they really deserve!
    And ... age does any whisky good ...
    [Color] rich copper;
    • Nose
      ripe apples, raisins, sherry, wood, spicy oak, herbs (fennel, anise);
    • Taste
      intense fruity prelude, sour cherries, sherry, malty, sweet, honey, vanilla, hazelnut, spicy oak, pepper, spices, oily;
    • Finish
      long, warm finish; in the end bitter oak, dark chocolate, sweetness;

  5. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Numwierum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great for the price of such a complex whisky, very round and pleasant. He never looks boring!

  7. dr.mad scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. mosesumike scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I always had him on the radar. Rob called him "Whisky of the Year"
    I have to say, I was not disappointed.
    Instantly bunkered several bottles.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The sherry should be dominant on the nose. Is he. The full program from plum to raisin everything. Even the distillery shimmers slightly malty through the many years and connects everything together. Well done. Even the alcohol knows its limits exactly. Sweet and sour take turns. As so often with such bottlings, chocolate & caramel are not too short. Fine!
    • Taste
      88 88
      He has plenty of power and spice. But pleasant and not too intrusive. For lovers of bittersweet chocolate a pleasure. You want to pour it again and again. Caution is advised!
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finale is wonderful, medium to long and fine tuned. No dryness and no bitter end. Everything flatters chocolaty and sweet.
      You do not want to stop anymore.
      Dangerously tasty.

  9. Waykid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It's decent but most certainly not on par with the 2014 version (89 pts). Whereas that one made me buy this, after this one I would not buy a newer batch if not convinced otherwise. There is a clear discrepancy between the nose and taste.
    • Nose
      Soft and honeyed, some tinned mango and light green apple, mostly on pears though. Some applewine, almonds roast with sugar, a whiff of star-anise, grainy. Very nice.
    • Taste
      It's almost amazingly savoury, salmiak and mussels come on strong. This flavour-combination is strong, otherwise it is perfumy (not in a very nice way) and thinnish. It gets a bit more robust and round with time but the delicious fruit of the nose doesn't seem to be found here.
    • Finish
      Soft on salmiak and pear-candy.

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Overall, super round and beautifully fruity, has almost something artificial, since he has virtually no junk and almost scented acts, good thing.
    • Nose
      Apricot, roasted almonds, orange peel, peach, honey, tannins, light grasses, some light raisins, not much more, but somehow it still looks complex
    • Taste
      Fruity! And how! Orange, red apple, apricot, rosemary, thyme, beautiful nuts, hazelnuts, sour cherries, honey, heather grass, good tannins, milk chocolate
    • Finish
      Medium to long, still beautiful, gentle Sherrycask, nutty, the slightly bitter tannins, orange peel, hints of grapefruit and grasses


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