Balblair Vintage 1990 2nd release, 46 %
I have already given you a brief summary of the Balblair tasting I attended at Dr. Jekylls Pub earlier this Autumn. Today I will share my tasting notes on one of the whiskies.
Balblair Vintage 1990 2nd release has been matured in bourbon casks for 21 years and then 2 years in first fill Oloroso sherry casks. Vintage 1990 has replaced Vintage 1989.
Nose (22/25): Heavy sherry notes and oak at first. Then came the smell of confectionery chocolate with orange liqueur! Apricots and figs. Dry on the nose.
Taste (23/25): Rich! Complex! Dark chocolate and spices. Pepper, nutmeg and cardamom. Chocolate fudge.
Finish (22/25): Chocolate caramel, warm and lingering. Dark chocolate. A bit dry.
Balance (23/25): Lovely on the palate! I just love the taste but did not manage to detect any more tastes. It is not heavy sherried like a whisky that has been matured in sherry casks from the beginning. But I think the combination of maturation in bourbon casks first and then a couple of years in sherry casks makes it an interesting whisky.
Image from Balblair.