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Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release

(70cl, 46%)

Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release

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Balblair '90 2nd Release Bottling Note

As the world began its ten-year saunter towards the new Millennium, Balblair distilled this expression of their excellent single malt in 1990 and set it aside to mature in ex-bourbon casks. 21 years later, they moved the whisky over to Oloroso sherry butts for the last two years of maturation before they bottled the single malt for this delicious release.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Lush toffee, milk chocolate and a good helping of vanilla. A sprinkle of spice round out the nose.

Palate: Citrus fruits come through first, followed by honey-covered raisins. The spice from the nose makes an appearance.

Finish: Lengthy and full-flavoured.

Overall: Good amounts of sweet fruits and soft spices, a brilliant full-bodied expression.

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Balblair 1990 - 2nd Release Reviews

Sherry cask done just right

Sherry, but not too much. Hints of salt. Full-bodied. Long finish.

21st June 2018

a winner !!

wow,,,a real winner,,,dry savory and sweet ..milk choc but not overly sweet...long finish...dry but its like the aftertaste of milk choc,,,so wonderfull.cant stop sipping it !! a dash of water,,and time in the glass..opens it more....for the age and complexity a bargain !!

29th March 2018

Wow, I just opened this up tonight and even before it has had time to oxidize and settle down, and it is already amazing!

Wow, I just opened this up tonight and even before it has had time to oxidize and settle down, and it is already amazing!

Nose: Smells like a toffee glaze, milk chocolate, raisins, candied caramel apples, Spicy warm apple cider
Slight vanilla, Apple sauce, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bitter oak and leather arm chairs.

Palate:Drying oak, toffee, mild milk chocolate, almonds, Spicy warm apple cider, bitter and sweet prunes, dates. Nutmeg, cinnamon, rum raisin bread, and little black pepper kick
Lastly, I get some slight vanilla and barley sugar notes that in combo with the sherry notes reminds me of Glendronach 15 Revival.

Amazing price to value ratio! I should be reviewing this on my Youtube channel soon! Keith-The Malted Man Cave

13th March 2018

Blown away by this whiskey

Never bought an expensive whisky before but as a celebration following Hospital treatment decided to splash out on a whisky at around 100 pound. After tasting several at a specialist shop , all very nice by the way, Well I was blown away by this Balvenie 1990 I have since bought another bottle and are exploring other single malt 3 cl. samples against the 1990 Balvenie . Very rewarding project on cold winters nights here in Scotland. I would also like to try others from this distillery.

Good health to you.
Lang may your lum reek.

5th February 2018

Nice dram!

A clean sherried malt, yet balanced, it's not a sherry-bomb. Smooth with a lovely finish.

5th January 2018

Absolute quality

I purchased a balblair 90 , distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2017 that's 27 year old whisky and only 106 quid, that's a steal.

31st December 2017

Superb

This is an excellent, excellent whisky.

It's a rare combination of both lightness and elegance as well as complexity and boldness of flavor. Matured in bourbon barrels for majority of its age and finished in sherry casks, it has a combination of vanilla, butter and mild dryness of used American oak and dried, candied fruit and spice of sherry all aligned in a perfect balance. The spirit itself is both malty and viscous and simultaneously almost mildly effervescent, providing for probably the longest and most mouth enveloping and complex finish that I have had the pleasure of experiencing

(Disclosure: while I am no supreme connoisseur, I have tried Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenmorangie 18s and Glengoyne 21 and have a decent experience with premium Scotch. My tastes lean towards elegance, complexity and balance and not towards smoke or syrupy sherry sweetness. I don't seek out Islays or sherry bombs but I can appreciate them).

Anyways, the flavor profile above combined with US price of $150 for 25 year old whisky presents an excellent deal. I personally have purchased 3 bottles so far. I feel ambivalent about endorsing this so forcefully as it will make this less accessible to myself, but I also fell strongly about encouraging other whisky aficionados to experience this beauty.

30th November 2017

Next to some Alex Murray & Signatory ACEs, Balblair will be on future purchases. Thanks for the top shelf Scotch.

Absolutely delicious. My pallet yearns for highland/speyside single malt finished in Sherry, port, or sauterne casts. I found Balblair 90 in L.A. and took it back home to Kansas City.

21st October 2017

Just buy it

Just buy it. Spectacular. Have this to a newbie to whisky.....he's now hooked on this and won't go for cheaper stuff

2nd September 2017

I may never know, but sounds GREAT

Sounds fantastic, but with 3 youg children and a low pay rate...it's out of reach.....some day perhaps...but sounds GREAT

21st August 2017

Can't get better for the money .

103 quid for a whisky distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2017 , 27 years old! Well worth it .

16th August 2017

Buy all day long

Sooooo smooth and great mouth feel, everyrhing you want in a sherry finished dram. 25 yo dram at this price is a NO brainer.

13th August 2017

Crème Caramel in a glass

Characteristic sweetness of Balblair married to strong cask flavors that tastes like the liquid floating on top of crème caramel.

No hint of the heathery peat that makes the 1999 so interesting, this is all sweetness and cask. A beautiful after-dinner drink.

31st July 2017

Perfect Oloroso finish

All about rich balance. The bourbon is still very eveident, just more lush with fruit and spice. Absolutely sublime.

4th April 2017

Great value for money

I think Balblair is the undiscovered gem of the whisky world. Hence the prices of their older releases represent such great value. The balance in general for their whisky is just superb. For this 1990 2nd release you get to swim and float in a pool of citrus, candy, spice and chocolate. Whisky heaven.

26th March 2017

Best of the best

What a great deal I am a big fan of sherried highland single malt and a few irsh this to me is like a very Rich and powerful on taste no burn it's like a Glenfarclas 25 glengoying 21 glendronich 15 and bushmills 16/21 had a super smooth baby it's just that good king Alex 3 has nothing on this plus it's 46%non chill filtered no e150 and has an age statement I have over a hundred bottles in my collection and this has the best treated of the best wiskeys I have had

16th March 2017

Elegant, powerful whisky

This is not made in Taiwan. probably the best of the independent Scotch whisky houses, balblair. soft, quiet, elegance

16th December 2016

Impressive

Add some water (a couple of small portions), let it breathe and you should have your self diffirent kinds of whiskies in the same glas that developes throughout the whole night. The nose gets amazing in the end with tones of sauna, lemongrass, coffe and sweet milkchocolate.

6th November 2014

Full bodied and very tasty!

I enjoyed this dram alot, and will be it adding to my shopping cart very soon ;)

You can read my full tastingnotes/review here: http://www.tastenote.se/whisky/balblair-vintage-90

(there is a google translate tool on the left side of the page)

14th July 2014

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