- 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
39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 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.
- 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!
- 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 my radar. Rob called him "Whisky of the year"
I have to say I was not disappointed.
Immediately stashed several bottles.
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!
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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?....
...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.
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!
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!
- Intense an rich flavour. Sweet, soft and rich taste. Good complexity. Long and intense finish. Very good price to quality ratio.
Chocolate, orange, tobacco, walnuts, coffee with milk, flower honey, candy, forest fruits, anise and sherry.
Bitter chocolate, orange, walnuts, hints of breakfast cereals, grapefruit, oak, coffee with milk, forest fruits, cloves, sherry and candy.
Long, warming, bitter chocolate, coffee, cloves, walnuts, toasted bread, candy, honey, sherry and forest fruits.
- 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.
Sweet,floral,persimon some spisyness, dark drapes,plums,floral is reely dominante, tobaco notes in the back
A long bitter,drynes some wood notes, overcocked bacon, toffe. Long bitter finnish
Dark honey, blackberries, strawberries, dried fruits, grasses, a little lemon, orange, dry earth, a good portion of herbs
WTF what is that? Ultra herbal, artificial fruit taste, nuts, light coffee, pepper