Balblair 1990

Overall rating
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
Bottle code
L17/114 R17/5137 09:29
Added on
14 Aug 2017 3:53 pm by Kaschde

Average value

€ 289.80

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180 × member ratings

423 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 points

  1. tommy12 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 88 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 exactly. 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 delight for lovers of dark chocolate. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. P.K.S scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I visit the distillery in September 2019 and i had mixed feelings of the visit. Balblair is a reely floral wisky, i not a fan of the new linup i think they shoud bring back the old style imho. I heard so much of the 1990 Particular thisone and i had reely high hopes. I added 2 dropes of water and it opend up i felt like it whas a bit closed without the water.
    • Nose
      Sweet,floral,persimon some spisyness, dark drapes,plums,floral is reely dominante, tobaco notes in the back
    • Taste
      Sweet,spisyness,oily,tobaco, wood,bitterness
    • Finish
      A long bitter,drynes some wood notes, overcocked bacon, toffe. Long bitter finnish

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dark honey, blackberries, strawberries, dried fruits, grasses, a little lemon, orange, dry earth, a good portion of herbs
    • Taste
      WTF what is that? Ultra herbal, artificial fruit taste, nuts, light coffee, pepper


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