Balblair Vintage 1990 second release


Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

At the start of December Balblair Distillery ran a competition to win a place on their #FestiveTreats Twitter Tasting and I was fortunate enough to be picked as one of the winners. To find out more about how a Twitter Tasting works and for more details on the #FestiveTreats tasting check out my blog post on it here.

Here are my detailed tasting notes for the third of the 3 whiskies tasted.


Burnished gold.


Sweet, spicy and rich. Vanilla, toffee, honey and a dash of chocolate.  Raisins come through clear with just a touch of citrus tang as well.


Sweet and spicy. Honey, and vanilla again tempered with raisins and that citrus tang again – I got lime more than anything here. There was also leather present which was meant to be in the Vintage 1999 but I found difficult to pick out, not so with this where it was fairly strong.


Long and mouth coating. I found this one really stuck around with its rich, sweet flavours.


Out of the three vintages tried in the #FestiveTreats tasting this was by far my favourite. A full bodied, rich whisky that hung around and left you wanting another mouth full when it eventually did fade.



Taken from the Balblair Website:


Tasting Notes


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.

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