Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
American Hogsheads
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
31 Mar 2011 1:50 pm

Average value

€ 81.31

3 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

61 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 10-year-old GM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.83 points

  1. whiskyd scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      62 62

  2. The Macallan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N: friendly, oak, vanilla, slightly sweet and fruit confectionary

    P: tasty, smooth, sweet with a lovely spicyness

    F: short, very light, sweet fruit with layers of spices

    C: a lovely fruity, sweet, spicy Balblair

  3. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. afrb scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasing leaving a lovely sweet orange tang. I have given this 84 marks
    • Nose
      Vanilla Oak, with a little drop of water - some tar and after a while chewing gum and leather
    • Taste
      Clean. Orange sherbet a little pepper. With a drop of water - Barley Sugar and pepper.
    • Finish
      Orange Glucose sweets. Long finish.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    Colour: Pale Gold.


    Nose: Fruity and fresh with pear and hay aromas, hints of toasted malt and

    sweet vanilla develop.

    Palate: The palate is peppery initially with milk chocolate, orange and ripe

    banana flavours.


    Nose: Toasted malt and peach aromas with a touch raspberry. A sweet vanilla

    note lingers.

    Palate: Sweet vanilla and pear flavours. Mild spices with a touch of ginger and

    milk chocolate.

    Body: Light to Medium.

    Finish: Medium and sweet.

    Cask Type(s): Refill Sherry Hogsheads and First Fill Bourbon Barrels.

    Whisky Style: Light Highland dram.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Hmm, soft sweet malt, peppery, bananas. Theres a light dusty and meaty [Bladnoch] edge. Sweet creamy cake with thick icing barley malt. Fruits and spices are very intensely close. hard to decipher. After the initial familiar whiff of Balblair, this was not the floury, light citrus fruity vibe of the official bottlings. 
    T: Watery arrival, and then a weak herbal, dusty soap mouthful.
    F: Later some sweetness comes through but it can't get over its herbal dullness. Some wood spices appear unexpectedly at the end - unbalanced with off notes.
    C: Nose is ok, but the rest is well below par. It does improve a little as it goes on. Half way through and its ok, its more like an oily Caol Ila/speyside affair. I don't recognise this as Balblair, but its drinkable.

    Scores an N

  7. Igor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Denser than anticipated. A lively, jolly aromatics. Sweet-sour, touches of white currant, then somewhat hazy blossom dust, confectionery shop?, vanilla-/coconut sweets, sawdusty scents, a vague aniseed note - could be sambuca, lemon grass, citron(-ella). At last directs toward chestnuts or, rather, apple seeds.
    • Taste
      Oaky-dry flavours, sugary spice, brown sugar, tasting a little bit... mysterious perhaps, well, puzzling in actual fact. Get ready now, gummies are coming, lemon candies on top, certain amount of cinnamon, liquorice mint, anise, vanilla, pepper. Nothing bulges out, subdued, everything is in harmony here.
    • Finish
      Sustained, smooth like a glazed finished material. Cough drops, green cardamom, some spare cinnamon. Lastly it vanishes away in vestiges of sweetish walnuts, elderberries, roasted hazelnuts.

  8. Willie JJ scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very nice drinking malt although quite youthful in its presentation
    • Nose
      Punchy malty draff and toasted cereals. Boiled lemon sweets. Some youthful notes with new make berry fruitiness.
    • Taste
      Lemon sweets again, a little hot as the palate develops. Sugary and spicy as pepper and cinammon creep in. Spikes of fresh lemon.
    • Finish
      More powerfully spicy here as it dries with sugar, cinammon and cardamom.


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