Review: Balblair 1990 Vintage 2nd Release

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Balblair Distillery

Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £102.79 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Vintage 1990

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Natural Colour
Non Chill-Filtered | 2nd Release

Matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and Spanish oak ex-sherry butts Balblair Vintage 1990 2nd release is truly exceptional. Recently released to replace our award-winning 1989 Vintage, this incredible dram is sure to become a firm favourite amongst Balblair fans and whisky connoisseurs. Join the conversation on The Gathering Place and tell about your favourite Vintage.

Tasting Notes

Appearance

The second release of Balblair 1990 is deep copper in appearance with hints of sparkling amber.

Aroma

The aroma is spicy yet sweet and is punctuated with notes of raisins, toffee and honey. Hints of vanilla, chocolate and citrus fruits are also present.

Palate

On the palate it is full bodied; sweet and spicy in character with hints of honey, raisins and zesty fruits.

Finish

The finish is smooth and long-lasting.

What I say:

Sampled as part of the #IHDMasterclass online beamed live from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Many thanks to Lukasz and the team at IHD for asking us to take part in this tasting.

Colour:

Dark amber with ruby highlights (13/20)

Nose:

Fruity orchard fruits, apple, pear, peach, honey sweet, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, cereal barley malt, fresh linen, floral roses, herbal rosemary, touches of dried fruit raisin or prune

Taste:

Full-bodied, heather honey, fruit and spice mixture like baked apple pie and cinnamon, oak wood, floral and herbal, grapefruit citrus, golden syrup, sweet key lime pie, pears poached in red wine or brandy

Finish:

Medium-long, spiced fruit, toffee oak wood and slightly tannic leathery notes

Overall:

Easy going, plenty of both old oak wood and also sherry-spice influence but it is quite punchy with its fruitiness and has a sweetness that cuts through/carries it.

Score: 84/100

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