Balblair Vintage 1990

Balblair Vintage 1990

(0.7l, 46%)


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Buy … no, invest in two bottles: one to drink now, and the other for a special occasion. Or not … and live with the regret. 
 
OK … let’s talk. The Highlands are the Highlands. They are irreplaceable and yield some of the finest single-malt Whisky in the world. But there is something magic about Ross-shire. Along the southern coast of the Dornoch Firth at the base of ancient, Celtic, limestone hills, a cluster of natural springs there feed a blessed few distilleries with what may be the best water in the world for Whisky, bar none. Balblair is one of these. 
 
Founded by John Ross, Balblair has been making Whisky here since 1790. To this day they have only 1 wash and one spirit still … this is a small shop. 100% of their production goes into their single-malt vintage series—each one unique, rare, old, special …. 
 
Back in 1990, the finest water in the world was used to distill hand-malted barley into one of the finest single-malt Whiskies in the Highlands. This Whisky was carefully placed into ex-Bourbon casks … for 21 years. Then, it was moved into Oloroso Sherry butts for two more. The spirit emerged a deep copper color that seems to shimmer with amber-starlight and a lusciousness with a complex perfume that is intoxicating in its own right. 
 
Last year’s sister-release—the 1989—won more awards that we can recite here and was listed in the book “101 Whiskies to Try Before You die.” It is that good. This is Balblair Vintage 1990. If you meet a woman with such qualities, marry her. Until then, buy … no, invest in two bottles. One to drink now, and the other for your wedding night or special anniversary. Or not … and live with the regret. 
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery

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raisin
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bread
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Words fail … but let’s go with Deep Golden Copper      
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Warm toffee and raisins
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Fresh-baked bread pudding with zest and vanilla cream
 
Finish 
Full bodied with sultanas and lingering warmth
Ratings & Reviews
Fadi
Fadi,
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anonymous
anonymous,
2nd batch 1990. 24 years ex bourbon followed by 3 years in oloroso Sherry. Spicy and rich. Tastes like Christmas in a bottle and when you consider you’re getting a 27-year-old whisky for £100 you can’t really go wrong
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Starts spicy ends smooth. Great whisky
 
David
David,
Good, not quite as good as the 99
 
Jonas
Jonas,
Nice depth
 
anonymous
anonymous,
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