Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Pure Highland Malt
Stated Age
10 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
brown/beige label with big '10' in center of label
Added on
14 Jun 2011 9:57 pm

Average value

€ 223.38

2 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 10-year-old GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.44 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    [5cl version]
    N: The stupidly dark hue suggests heaps of added colour, and nosing it backs up that premise. E150a aside, there’s a heavy presence of old, thick woody ripe sherried orchard fruits as if my local Wood Store had installed a fruity perfume atomiser - all well softened in the bottle, though there’s still plenty of life left in this 1980-90’s miniature. It later becomes more creamy [full fat], poured over a new untreated shed. Later I got mildly aromatic curry spiced caramel vanilla icecream inside stale wafers, followed by a grow-bag/fertiliser, butter=lard and plastic popadoms?!

    T: Yikes, that’s prickly and woody. It’s temporarily very bourbon-like before the medicinal fruit lozenges have a chance to bustle out through the shed door. [With water], it soon becomes malty, dry and fruity-bitter followed by a touch of soot and plastic-y leather bitter oak - the wood thick in the mouth - with little sweetness despite a malty-milky heart. It’s become very dry now with slight aniseed-liquorice candy notes. I rather like the mouthfeel that develops alongside that dryness, right around the palate edge and almost onto the lips.

    F: Even with water there’s a malaise of small prickles. Mellowed by water, there’s some milky vanilla caramel, a bitter fruity < maltiness, a roasted vegetal-medicinal-bourbon sweetness and more hints of soot.

    C: This started out rather poorly but showed far more aptitude later on. A 10yo going on 25 with an Aldi presentation-vibe within, it’s a hairy ride with lots of curiosities to seek out. I’ll be backing these notes up with another miniature soon enough.

    Scores 84/85 points, so a B[-].

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Mostly closed, but can detect some sweetness. Honey, pear, longan. Hints of bread, grass, and maltiness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very drinkable, but with a thin mouthfeel. Does suffer from the weak ABV. Its sibling at 57% ABV is much, much better, very chewy, with a higher level of complexity than this. Slightly sweet, unripened pears, dried coconuts.
    • Finish
      81 81
      A bit cardboardy at the end. Still a pretty quaffable dram, but extremely unremarkable, and does not merit a buy. This is from a miniature.

  3. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Malty and fruity aroma, orange, ripe melon, banana, vanilla, peat, oak,

    prunes and cinnamon. Vanilla sweet taste, liqourice, mint, malt, apples,

    orange marmelade and almonds. Medium long, fruity and spicy end.

  4. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A bottle of 10 year old Balblair independently released by Gordon & Macphail. We think this was bottled in the 1980s."


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