Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
15 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Shop Dufftown
Added on
27 Jan 2011 7:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 65.00

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31 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1995 GM

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.38 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Blueberry, caramel, hazelnut, apple, dried apricot and a light whiff of sulphur.
    • Taste
      Prune, blueberry, caramel, almond, nutmeg and pepper.
    • Finish
      Caramel, hazelnut, prune, raisin, mocha and nutmeg.

  2. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet red fruit, clearly sherry, raisins, a bit of an alcohol burn. some wood and a hint of malt. With water: The sherry comes more and more forward. hint of liquorish.

    Taste: Sweet plums, nicely sour, sweet, bitter development. With water: Sweet white grapes. Some sweet dessert wine, rather nice.

    Body: Rather full and oily.

    Finish: short-medium: Cherry, confectionery, This is a duffer that it doesn't last long. Very sweet sweets.

    Price: A little expensive.

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample.

    Comments: I think this one is quite underrated.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With Water

    The nose has more chocolate with the sherry now.

    The palate has fallen away so only a few drops maximum but the finish is still long.

    Another good Balblair from G&M
    • Nose
      The usual fruitiness is there with the sherry but I also get honey comb mixed in with the fruit which is slight strawberry, plum and a little pear.

      It smells very rich and the longer it is in the glass the richer it smells, certainly richer than first fill sherry as indicated?
    • Taste
      Crikey that's quite smooth for almost 60%, really good.

      Rich rum and raisin, some prune and dark rich plum with a little plum sauce and hints of balsamic vinegar.
    • Finish
      Long and smooth for the strength.

  5. Pépé scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Pretty sherry, rich enough, who regaled me with its notes of strawberries (although too few) and its dust that poses a certain atmosphere. It would be close to 90, but the alcohol comes a little spoil the party.
    • Nose
      Blind session : Hmmmm, it feels good here! A creamy sherry that is needed, with a dusty side, kind was a little rinsed, but it fits him very well. It could be pejorative, but here it is not. Banana, candied oranges, carmelized apples. Then, with time, stealthily emerge very beautiful notes of red fruits, very well defined. Water will accent the pastry side, milk chocolate in the glass.
    • Taste
      Ouch, it's powerful, raw, burning ... but it's almost worth it. Very intense, lots of cherries and chocolate. From the first drop, it's really a big arrival of dense flavors. Then come nuts, cinnamon, ginger. With water (phew!), The chocolate is boosted, the dust comes back in strength and stand out very nice notes of strawberries. Oh, how beautiful they are.
    • Finish
      A dram that slowly goes out on red fruits.

  6. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, fruity (tropical fruit, mango, bananas), honey, sweet
    • Taste
      Honey, oily, fruity (pears, oranges), sultanas
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, fresh

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful dessert dram, well developed for that
    relatively young age. This was a feast. And it can take water, but not too
    • Nose
      A nice sweet nose with all kinds of dark fruits, both
      juicy and dried. Then loads of nuts: cashew and hazel at the front. Some baked
      banana and strawberry jam. Mint for freshness. Water gives it some more earthy
      notes with roots.
    • Taste
      Full mouth feel, seasoned on nutmeg, black pepper and
      some paprika. Again the dark, dried fruits. Some litchi and apricots
      kick in. Cherry liqueur, too. Just a tad of tannins takes care of a great
      balance. Adding water makes it sweeter and softens the spices,
      making it dangerously quaffable.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, spicy and honeysweet.

  9. Jeep51 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another good whisky. Alcohol is a bit present all the same, especially in the mouth
    • Nose
      First on nuts and dried fruits. Then leave room for exotic fruits. It's greedy
    • Taste
      Chilli pepper. Strawberry too. Woody and a slight bitterness. With water, it's better. Rounder: sugar cane syrup, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Final hot enough (pungent: peppery?), And goes off on a saline side that had not appeared until then.


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