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Overall rating
82.99/100
votes
96
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Discovery
Bottled
16.04.2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
16/04/18 180269
Barcode
5020613067448
Added on
21 May 2018 7:03 pm by TomBx
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.00

4 × in wishlist

96 × member ratings

131 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 12-year-old GM

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.99 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.

    This is a typical modern style whisky with two "designed" spikes of sweet barley sugars and bitter wooden tannins. Not my style of whisky, and I am not sure if a lot of drinkers will like such a simple and boring profile...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is white wine and the nose offers a barley sugary sweet profile with fruits (apples), floral aromas and spices. No flaw or off-note but nothing special either. Easy to sniff but not worth a lot of analysis.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is not as sweet as the nose with more bitter wooden notes while the fruity flavours stay very shy. The barley sugars are dominant as is the wood, so this dram is rather two-dimensional only. A typical modern style whisky.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate without distracting feelings. The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions. It gets a little bitter-drying towards the end (tannins at work).

  2. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Quite woody but also good fruit notes with sweetness. Drinking whisky value for money
    • Nose
      85 85
      Salty toffee / fudge, fresh sea breeze, nice sweetness, oily and dirty
    • Taste
      83 83
      Salty toffee / fudge also in the taste, spicy sharpness with boiled dark fruits, full-bodied but also strong tannins
    • Finish
      81 81
      Good length, spicy ginger, sherry-like fruit notes, becoming dry

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Mild Minerality

    A few years ago Gordon & Macphail introduced the Discovery series in which they bottle affordable malts at drinking strength. This 12 years old Balblair matured on a bourbon cask. My buddy Pat sent me a sample.

    Lovely spring fresh nose on apples and pineapple. Green grass and a mild minerality (oh, I do love my alliterations). Citrus and liquorice. Floral too. But simple at the same time.

    It’s is rather bittersweet on the palate with lots of tannins from the oak that completely overpower the soft, fruity notes from the nose. White pepper is louder than the fruit and that is a pity. It loses its spring freshness that the nose promised. Midpalate it turns quite floral, on its way to soapy, which is a bit of a let-down

    The finish is rather short, begins sweet an peppery, to end quite bitter and dry.

    Around 50 EUR, which is a fair price. A modern card players’ whisky. Thanks, Pat.

  4. MacFry scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    Very light color, reminiscent of white wine. Nose reminds me of grandma's sugar-coated raspberries in cream, fragrant, ripe apple, after a long smell comes freshly cut lawn and lime peel? Fresh and slightly salty in taste, apple comes clearly, good summer color. Creamy, almost velvety on the tongue, fine droplet.

  5. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (pears, berries, limes), rhubarb, nutty, grassy
    • Taste
      Fresh, fruity (apples, pineapples, bananas), vanilla, spicy (pepper)
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity, spicy, oaky

  6. Ostap scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Cute base whisky. Classic Bourbon Excerpt. Pleasant.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Bright, creamy iris, citrus, barberry, over time, light minerality, fresh board, juicy grass, vegetables, licorice, sea pebbles.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Iris, oak, meat.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Meat, oak, dry, pepper, knits, medium duration.

  7. Max70 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Delicate, with some drop of water it opens all its flavors...
    • Nose
      83 83
      Delicate and floral, vanilla and pineapple.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Light, at the beginning the alcohol is evident , then white pepper and grassy.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Quite dry, flowers and some light fruit... disappears fast letting some almond note....

  8. RobIsrael scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nice whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
      Lots of sweet barley, floral, toasted oak, lemons, green apples, little bit of vanilla from the bourbon casks.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Could be bigger, little bit weak, delicate for sure. Barley, cereal, lemons, pears, green apples.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short, fresh, little drying from the bourbon casks.

  9. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, light bourbon Balblair. 83/84
    • Nose
      83 83
      Vanilla, ripe fruits, lemonade and raspberry jam.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruits, spicy oak, honey, caramel and citruses.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, sweet, spicy.

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