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

€ 411.99

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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

  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. 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.

  3. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      90 90
      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!
    • Taste
      88 88
      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!
    • Finish
      88 88
      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.
      Dangerously tasty.

  4. RobbievdBrink 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. RomanRekin scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior


  8. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      87 87
      Some fruit, caramel, sugary scents are to be noticed
    • Taste
      88 88
      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
    • Finish
      88 88
      Short, rather unimpressive for a 26yo, nothing that stays in your mind

  9. 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.

  10. Gurgi72 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94


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