Review 396: Balblair 1989 21 Year
Since I tasted so little Balblair’s I took part in a bottle share and bought 8 Balblair samples to get more accented with this distillery.
What they write about it:
Balblair Vintage 1989 2nd release was introduced in 2010. A full-bodied malt with aromas of raisin, green apple and hints of banana and lemon.
|Location:||Edderton, Tain, Ross-shire|
|Owner:||Pacific Spirits > Inver House|
|Water Source:||Ben Dearg|
|Stills:||1 wash still|
1 spirit still
|Capacity:||1.350.000 Litre of pure alcohol per year|
|Expression:||Balblair 1989 21 Year 2nd release|
|Bottled by:||Balblair Distillery|
|ABV (% Alc):||43%|
|Phenols (smoke):||0 ppm|
A fresh, delicate and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of fresh berries (red currents, gooseberry, blueberries), citrus (lime and lemon) tangerines, malt, barley sugar, honey, yeast, global tones, green apple, vanilla, grass, straw, apricot, subtle oak, yellow apples, candied lemon peels, banana, hint of cardboard and hint of sultanas.
A soft, delicate and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of cherries, fresh fruits, apples (yellow and green), barley sugar, honey, hint of white pepper, subtle cinnamon, aniseeds, fresh mint, vanilla, ginger, citrus, tonic, bananas hint of solvents, butter and a subtle oak.
A medium to lang finish with aromas of pear, apple, banana, subtle spices (ginger, pepper and cinnamon), tea, vanilla and a hint of oak.
- Smell: - 8.9/108.9/10
- Taste: - 8.4/108.4/10
- Finish: - 8.6/108.6/10
The aromas on the nose are very lovely and delicate but it lacks a bit of depth on the palate. it’s all very subtle but well aged. The floral and fresh fruit tones in this whisky make it a lovely summer evening dram. With a bit more oomph on the palate it would score a whole lot better in my book.
Price to quality ratio: 89,00% (Telgen weighted factor score)
|0% - 60%||Extremely overpriced whisky - not worth buying!|
|60% - 70%||Highly overpriced whisky - think about it|
|70% - 80%||Too expensieve - do you really want it?|
|80% - 85%||No bargain - taste before you buy!|
|85% - 90%||Acceptable price to quality ratio|
|90% - 95%||Good price to quality ratio - always good to stock-up on|
|95% - 100%||Bargain! - Buy it before it is sold out!|