Balblair 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2nd Release
Calculated age
26 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks and Ex-Oloroso Butts
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L17/114 R17/5137 09:29
Added on
14 Aug 2017 3:53 pm by Kaschde

Average value

€ 424.50

44 × in wishlist

214 × member ratings

495 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. RobbievdB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Solid Balblair! There’s an interesting duel between the bourbon and sherry barrels going on. It gives vanilla and coconut vs raisin and red fruits sweetness, mint like vs Christmas spices but there’s also something like red wine vinegar making it even more complex. This whisky will definitely make you discovering more and more after time passes. Recommended!

  2. tommy12 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful deep dark color. Light scent of sherry, very pleasant. Taste: full, round and sweet, alcohol seems almost stronger than 46%, sherry, tolerates a few drops of water, honey, raisins, sweetness, long finish, slight pleasant bitterness in the finish noticeable, complex whisky. Compared to the 1991 3rd release significantly better. The 1990 2nd release has a darker color, more intense fragrance and fuller flavor, so it's preferable down the line. Tip: buy as long as there are still a few bottles to get.

  3. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I always had him on my radar. Rob called him "Whisky of the year"
    I have to say I was not disappointed.
    Immediately stashed several bottles.
    • Nose
      The sherry should be dominant on the nose. Is he. The full range from plums to raisins - everything is included. Even the distillery shimmers slightly malty after many years and connects everything. Well done. Alcohol also knows its limits very well. Sweet & sour alternate. As is so often the case with such bottlings, chocolate and caramel are not neglected. Fine!
    • Taste
      It has a lot of strength and flavor. But pleasant and not too intrusive. A pleasure for dark chocolate lovers. You want to pour it again and again. Caution is advised!
    • Finish
      The finale is wonderful, medium to long and finely tuned. No drought and no bitter end. Everything flatters chocolatey and sweet. You don't want to stop anymore.
      Dangerously tasty.

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Line Up of 23/03/19 to the blind. 6/11
    • Nose
      Rather Sherry with vanilla, coconut and a light oak.
      Everything is wrapped in a minty freshness.
    • Taste
      Always this freshness (minty / vegetal).
      A little watery.
      There is something encaustic.
    • Finish
      Medium, floral and vegetal.
      Woody, vanilla and buttery.

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Part 8/8 of a Balblair range share. The grand finale.. Before this I have tasted the standard 12, 15, 18, a ‘05 vintage (#116591), a ‘04 vintage (#53670), a ‘00 vintage (#84025) and a ‘99 vintage (#78073). Did I saved the best for last?....
    • Nose
      ...Most definitely YES! My god this is a good nose!!! Mature, complex, balanced, lots of layers, lots of color and lots of flavor! Sherry & bourbon. Raisins, coconut shell, eucalyptus, honey, lemonade, salsa spice and sawdust. There is also that typical old style musty/dusty blanket. Impressive! This is completely my cup of tea. Wait a few minutes and a lot of development takes place. A layer of spices has been added as well as Nutella. There is a savory note which reminds me of quiche.
    • Taste
      Silky, friendly, very well rounded. Perfect balance. The palate is getting a lot of different treats. It all fits together. Red fruits, nuttiness, salsa spices. Sweetness and gentleness goes on and on. This is something to chew on for more then a little while!
    • Finish
      Long! It starts with plumbs, raisins. After that Nutella again. Chocolate and coffee beans after that. The grand finale gives delicate sherry wood, and also fresh mint kicks in.

      This is by miles and miles of distance the Ultimate Balblair in this range share for me. So impressive, sophisticated and complete. If you can find one, buy it!

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The 2015 edition was very wood-and-sherry heavy; the 2016 one much more mellow and refill-dominated. If you're looking for balance between these two ends of the spectrum, this one is certainly the best of both worlds.
    • Nose
      89 89
      More mineralic and less exuberantly fruity than the 2016 edition, but not worse per se. Dry sherry, old ex-bourbon wood, lovely savory umami notes. Shows more and more of its age the longer it sits in the glass.
    • Taste
      88 88
      More sherried and peppery than the 2016 version, which I slightly prefer over this one, but otherwise absolutely in the same league. Sweet and fruity, with just enough spiciness and slightly musty old-age aromas to give you a sense of its age.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Compared to the 2015 and 2016 editions, this one has the best and longest finish for sure. Still not out of this world, but seriously good or a 46% OB.

  7. Defeatless scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a Balblair sample range share. I think this is one of the greatest Balblairs I've ever had.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very nicely sherried! This is a smell I like quite a bit. There is lavender and other flowers in the background. With some time vanilla shows up too. Very faint hint of glue in the background.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet and sour, very nicely matured and layered taste. There is the clear sherry influence, but also some sweet red berry candy, some vanilla and a hint of wood.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long length. Sweet and sour aftertaste, which fades away with some pencil shavings and a hint of sawdust.

  8. kaljakori scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    This is, by far, the best whisky I've tasted, ever. It's a masterclass.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Fruit basket with wood, honey and beautiful sherriness. Incredible. Really no smell of alcohol whatsoever.
    • Taste
      100 100
      Some sort of fruity dessert, with honey. That's what I thought when I tasted this. I couldn't even taste the alcohol the least bit and this is not a bad thing. Apples, pears, peaches, some citric fruits, but mellowed. Some sherry throughout the whole taste experience. As it develops, more notes of chocolate, nuts, wood and dried fruits appear.

      The taste is very sweet, which is certainly not for everyone.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, with still a lot of fruit and chocolate notes, that develop into more wood, nuttiness and other deepened notes.

  9. god666 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Intense an rich flavour. Sweet, soft and rich taste. Good complexity. Long and intense finish. Very good price to quality ratio.

  10. Sandman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Chocolate, orange, tobacco, walnuts, coffee with milk, flower honey, candy, forest fruits, anise and sherry.
    • Taste
      Bitter chocolate, orange, walnuts, hints of breakfast cereals, grapefruit, oak, coffee with milk, forest fruits, cloves, sherry and candy.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, bitter chocolate, coffee, cloves, walnuts, toasted bread, candy, honey, sherry and forest fruits.


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