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Balblair 1989

Champagne of whisky world

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

4th Aug 2014


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Ralfy said that this is the Champagne of single malts. I agree, at least when it comes to movies. For me it is like Hitchcock's movie Champagne. Not his best work, but a nice showing. Kinda like Vintage 1989 by Balblair.

This is a 20 year old whisky and a very popular. But I did like the 1997 version a bit better. Don't add water, at least too much, if you must have to add!

Nose: Tangy with vanilla and heavy citrus. Some floral feel. Stingy at the start but gets smooth.

Taste: Lemon and citrus with barley sugar. Oak and wee spices.

Finish: Honey and peppery notes. Delicate with a nice length and a fresh feel.

Balance: Nice dram in good balance, too bad I ruined the last bit of my drink with too much water. Didn't get the full complexity this might have offered.

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