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

Average value

€ 142,65

34 × in wishlist

133 × member ratings

346 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1990

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.19 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    N: This is a far beefier dram compared to the more subtle lemon-floral 1991/2018 3rd release [Blog / WB], and the very different 16yo ‘old style’ label [WB]. That’ll be down to the significantly heavier sherry presence, the distillery-specific floral < tropical fruits still very evident however. It was interesting to compare this with SMWS’s 70.21 [Blog / WB], and Elixir’s 19yo [blog], a distillery character from the underlying spirit emerging between all three.
    T: More dark & desirably bitter > sweet sherry action, one pleasingly amalgamated and somewhat old skool in character for sure. After a full arrival and a patient pause, things start to get interesting on the turn [with water], towards a varied & colourful finish.
    F: The spirit remains firm whilst the finish offers all-sorts, from a fresh/spicy waxiness to a slightly butyric note, desirable sulphury tones, a dry woodiness, earthy dunnage,… a collection in fact of possible outcomes like those 'choose your own ending’ adventure books.
    C: Maybe the 1991 has more finesse, though it’s only just been opened so too early to say. Perhaps by comparison then, this is a more rugged Balblair, though one that maintains all that’s great about this fabulous Highland distillery, and so a whisky you can enjoy on many levels.

    Scores a B[+]

  4. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  5. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Subtle but well matured, florally complex malt. One of my favourite styles of whisky. Time in the glass and on the tongue improves the experience tremendously. An absolute gem.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not extremely komplax but especially and really worth a dram.
    • Nose
      Intensive and very full nose, dry hay with a slightly woody smoke flavor, behind it still some dried fruit
    • Taste
      oily heavy and filling the whole mouth, the hay grass note is also present here and mates view with the strong dry sherry
    • Finish
      warm full finish, long and astringent.

  7. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Foliage cedarwood hazelnuts en masse hemp cherry plum malt leather

    Chestnut cannabia blood orange sour malt

  9. mosesumike scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A Balblair faithful to his image and the expectations of fans, not hyper complex, but very nice, easy to access and reasonably priced for a whisky of this age. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Mostly influenced by sherry, it has aromas of ripe fruit, chocolate. Honey is also present, it takes caramelized aspects. The set is soft, with spices under the coat of fruit, pepper, a little ginger. Finally something cooler, almost minty, and also tangy appears, holding citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Palate: It remains very soft, with a direct lemony presence, which I did not expect in a curtain. Then, and most importantly, it's sherry. Notes of toast are both dry and fruity. Caramel, chocolate, woody. All these flavors are well melted and incorporate this honey, this vanilla from bourbon casks. Slightly sulfurized, also with raisins.
    • Finish
      Final: Much more spice, with moderate drought. Citrus fruits come in the form of orange zest, slightly bitter. A return on this fresh and minty style.


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