- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990
36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.57 points
- 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.
- Line Up of 23/03/19 to the blind. 6/11
Rather Sherry with vanilla, coconut and a light oak.
Everything is wrapped in a minty freshness.
Always this freshness (minty / vegetal).
A little watery.
There is something encaustic.
Medium, floral and vegetal.
Woody, vanilla and buttery.
- 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.
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!
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!
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.
- 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!
- Tasted in a Balblair sample range share. I think this is one of the greatest Balblairs I've ever had.
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.
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.
Medium-long length. Sweet and sour aftertaste, which fades away with some pencil shavings and a hint of sawdust.
- After a few seconds of shyness where ex-BC flavors dominate in the mouth, this balblair turns into a real fruit bomb in which it is difficult to identify the individual fruits. As soon as the spectacle started, it was over again. The variety of flavors always remains superficial and a bit fake. There is never the depth of fruit that a full sherry barrel ripening would produce. The finish is a bit unspectacular. Overall a good to very good malt but not anymore.
- Coming from the Sherry bombs Glendronach, Glengoyne, Glenfarclas I was curious how the acclaimed hidden gem Balblair would compare. The result is a bit disappointing although this is complaining on high level
Some fruit, caramel, sugary scents are to be noticed
You notice immediately that the amount of Sherry cask maturation that went into this bottling is minimal, maybe a year or two at max. There are Sherry induced flavors here but they are weak. The EXBC flavors dominate
Short, rather unimpressive for a 26yo, nothing that stays in your mind
- This is, by far, the best whisky I've tasted, ever. It's a masterclass.
Fruit basket with wood, honey and beautiful sherriness. Incredible. Really no smell of alcohol whatsoever.
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.
Long, with still a lot of fruit and chocolate notes, that develop into more wood, nuttiness and other deepened notes.