Balblair Vintage 1990
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Highland
  • Distillery Balblair
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • bitter
  • white chocolate
  • raisin
  • vanilla cream
  • caramel
  • honey
  • zesty
  • pear
  • bread

Balblair

Vintage 1990 (0.7l, 46%)
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Character Goatson
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 Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Highland
  • Distillery Balblair
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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  • bitter
  • white chocolate
  • raisin
  • vanilla cream
  • caramel
  • honey
  • zesty
  • pear
  • bread
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Balblair has one of the oldest set of records in Whisky history. The entry is dated January 25, 1800, and is written by John Ross himself. It reads: "Sale to David Kirkcaldy at Ardmore, one gallon of whisky at £1.8.0d." Cool, right?
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Balblair has one of the oldest set of records in Whisky history. The entry is dated January 25, 1800, and is written by John Ross himself. It reads: "Sale to David Kirkcaldy at Ardmore, one gallon of whisky at £1.8.0d." Cool, right?
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
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