Review: Balblair 1990 Vintage 2nd Release
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Balblair Distillery
Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd.
What they say:
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.
The second release of Balblair 1990 is deep copper in appearance with hints of sparkling amber.
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.
On the palate it is full bodied; sweet and spicy in character with hints of honey, raisins and zesty fruits.
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.
Dark amber with ruby highlights (13/20)
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
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
Medium-long, spiced fruit, toffee oak wood and slightly tannic leathery notes
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.
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