Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 74
Stated Age
27 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Malt Clan
fr France
Added on
11 Jun 2017 8:54 pm by Forrest
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 710.53

23 × in wishlist

92 × member ratings

134 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ireland 1990 MBa

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.54 points

  1. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A very nice one - lots of tropical fruits and flowers, some spicy notes too, cinnamon, ginger, and honey and spearmint

    After 4-6 weeks aeration this one gets really REALLY nice - gets better and better, now 93 points

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Needs a lot of time in the glass. Very fruity start as in a 73er Speysider, but missing the complexity of the Scotsman. Delicious!
    • Nose
      Bright tropical fruits, pineapple, papaya, mango, banana, even pear, grass, mint, honey, coconut, lemon verbena, flower meadow, daisy, chamomile, mint, glue - urgently needs a lot of time in the glass until it clears and opens
    • Taste
      Sparkling onset, sweet and creamy, oily; instant fruit explosion - pineapple, passion fruit, lemon, grapefruit, melon, green tea, lemon balm, flower meadow; mineral, white pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, dark chocolate, (coconut) nutty, then mint, olive oil
    • Finish
      medium length, pineapple, cinnamon and pepper, coconut, at the end the mint

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    an Irishman, often badly considered!
    bottle emptied more than half:

    very fruity scents, fresh and cooked for the fruits, also spices that rise, malt well present and a little lemon.
    the palate is very velvety, with the exotic fruits (pineapple well present and other yellow fruits a little cooked), it is very concentrated in perfume, then the sensation is spaced a little !!
    a little grass in return.
    final on the same scents !!

  4. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    it takes a while for a nose to open, a balanced whisky without obvious flaws, but I could not find anything outstanding in it either. Losing to Mancarella 17 Ireland even if the issue of price is not considered. And if you take into account the price, then in general it looks frankly weak
    • Nose
      88 88
      closed, takes time. Wax, pollen, ripe bananas and citrus fruits
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon juice with spices and oil, young wood,
    • Finish
      87 87
      green tart pears, young wood and some spices

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity as expected with the usual tropical notes, a bit of alcohol prickle so maybe could be more balanced, really enjoyable

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Balance (23)
    Luxury Whisky (91)
    • Nose
      Healing herbs, eucalyptus, raw bread, rusty citruses ... dusty cloves, salt ... quite closed, having stood in the tropics and vanilla, a little wax and barnyard (22)
    • Taste
      Juicy, fat, oily ... awesome melon with chocolate, lollipop and tropical fruits in cream (23)
    • Finish
      Mint, fruit, creamy finish ... melon, wood, herbs, iron and salt (23)

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 4/5
    Whisky n ° 1601
    • Nose
      Fresh, with vegetal notes (hay) that tend to dominate exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      Smooth attack, touch super delicate, creamy. A tart, spicy chouia. White peach.
    • Finish
      With exotic fruits. Respectable length.

  8. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  9. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fabulous nose, unfortunately the mouth is not up to par and causes a legitimate disappointment. The whole is well done but suffers from the comparison with some "Irish" recently released.
    • Nose
      Superb nose on exotic fruits and sugar syrup. There is a little sweet side very pleasant. At the fruit level we find mainly, mango, pineapple and apricot. A clearly greedy nose with a vegetable mist and some woody aromas.
    • Taste
      The attack is light even if it rises quickly and crescendo. There is exoticism and pear. We find this little sweet side that there was on the nose but much more discreet. The whole is rather dry in mouth with spices and a "citric" end. It's less greedy than the nose.
    • Finish
      Beautiful length on the exotic fruits first then arrive the woody, the spices and a very slight bitterness. A hint of vanilla strolls on the end.

  10. ManoCornuta scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Serge gave it 91 points ! Ireland 27 yo 1990/2017 (48%, Maltbarn, The Malt Clan, bourbon, 206 bottles) Five stars In theory, this should be pretty unbeatable… Colour: straw. Nose: the 2003, minus the sour/dry sherry, plus a much better polishing. Pistachio cream, mango jam, aloe, perhaps a little bacon (really), some cake straight from the bakery (raisin cake?) and, above everything, some very precious blue-green tea. Very subtle and delicate, less extravagantly fruity than other casks of this make. After ten minutes, there, passion fruits, pink grapefruits, and wet chalk. Mouth: only one major flaw, I was expecting this, while I do like surprises. Otherwise, we have passion fruits, mangos, a wee touch of salt, a feeling of clay, melissa water… And all that. Finish: medium, pure, and extremely fresh. A wee touch of litchi and pineapple in the aftertaste. Comments: luminous and refreshing. Yeah, most sadly, as expected – but we shan’t complain, shall we? SGP:651 - 91 points.


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