Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
26 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
44.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2016 8:18 pm by DDiep
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150.00

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13 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990 CA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.00 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful for this degree, floral, fruity, fresh. Some citrus notes in a springtime atmosphere. Fruit brandy. Some wood chips. Then, crème brûlée, fruit jam, cooked fruit, toast, caramelized hazelnuts. Beautiful scalability!
    • Taste
      Mature and fragrant. Perennial and fruity with a zest of bitterness, it is consistent with the promise of the nose.
    • Finish
      Bright and long on sweet spices.

      Whisky n ° 2113

      Enthusiasm 4/5

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October 2017]  Balblair was a rather unusual distillery with its strange third still that sometimes was used and other times not.  No one can really tell which whisky was produced in what configuration.  But this is what makes tasting (older) Balblair that interesting.  Unfortunately, Inver House Distillers abandoned this unusual setting when upgrading Balblair after the millennium.

    This is a very quaffable dram that is delicious and straightforward to its fruity point, I like it.  The best is the nose...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows late slow legs and many sticky tears. The nose offers this typical old Balblair profile that is somehow unique and I guess this baby was distilled using the third still. It is very fruity with all different kinds of delicious fruits and honey sweet.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is again fruity-sweet within a spicy wooden framework but not layered. Water is not needed as it does not add new aromas but flattens the dram.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The mouthfeel is warming and coating with no bitter or astringent moments. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but no distracting notes either.

  3. schero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Official Notes by Cadenhead:
    Balblair 26y/o 1990 44.4% Bourbon Barrel 135,- €Nose: Earthy notes with pears, apple peels, toffee, vanilla and dark cherries

    Taste: Bananas waxy notes, brown sugar, creamy undertones, biscuity and flaked almonds

    Finish: Spicy notes, green apples, banana peels, more biscuit tones and juicy plums

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  I re-tasted it tonight and fully confirm my rating of 89 points.  A very quaffable dram and I can imagine it suits to almost all tastes (except you go for real "dirty" profiles).  Good value for your money...

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This Balblair is quite remarkably different and belies any expectations from past longer-aged ex-bourbon examples I've tasted to date. Overall, it’s fairly elegant and arguably complex, offering quite an altered experience on the palate compared to the nose (green fruits into yellow fruits). The intensely drying finish is going to be a bit divisive I’d imagine. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time a whisky has sucked this much moisture out of my mouth. 

    • Nose
      Pronounced brass polish with an assortment of green fruits – Granny Smith apples, pears and gooseberries. Lemon flavoured barley water and sharp grapefruit deliver both sweet and sour aromas. These sit alongside some interesting notes of almond brittle, copper coins and tree sap. There’s a herbal undertone here which only comes out after the dram is rested for a while – it manifests itself in the form of spearmint. A very interesting nose indeed, and not really comparable to any ex-bourbon Balblair I’ve tried before.
    • Taste
      Full mouthfeel with some real waxiness. Our green fruits have translated into more tropical varieties – bananas, pineapples and mangoes. Oak spicing intensifies throughout the development with really pepperiness, light liquorice and sandalwood. The spearmint is more discernible on the palate than on the nose and is joined by some light grassiness and a chalky taste, not too dissimilar to what you might find in a damp limestone cave. Again, interesting with some notes which you might more commonly associate with old-school Lowland whiskies.
    • Finish
      Medium to long in length and building to a peppery climax. Incredibly drying.


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