Balblair 1966

Overall rating
91.88/100
votes
165
Whiskybase ID
WB4986
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
1966
Bottled
09.2004
Stated Age
38 years old
Casktype
2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
2400
Strength
44.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L4271 G8 08:54 04/04753
Barcode
5010509421232
Added on
23 nov 2008 8:48 pm

Average value

€ 4412.47

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165 × member ratings

199 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balblair 1966

35 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.88 points.

  1. Kensay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    great old school whisky. The nose is absolutely endless, you can sit with it indefinitely
    • Nose
      93 93
      Whisky surprises immediately. Incredibly gentle and open profile. Chocolate covered prunes, soft cream, black raisins, coffee beans, honey wax, a full basket of tangerines. Overripe pears, mango, old leather. Stunningly graceful nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      dried fruit compote, pear jam, old oak bark, toasted nuts sprinkled with raisins, tangerine zest
    • Finish
      92 92
      smoked plums, raisins, citruses, a little cinnamon and herbs, tannins, tender, enveloping and pleasantly warming

  2. Manti scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Delicate and delicate old wine, but that's all.
    • Nose
      Like the old Doner with spices or rye, the sherry is mellow but not heavy, blue or red berries, peaches, it is not surprising to say that they are mixed, some warm plants and very weak mud Coal, eucalyptus leaves, mint, furniture lacquer, Buddha incense, loess, the whole is too sweet, vanilla, sticky honey, caramel pudding, gingerbread man, cream, pollen.
    • Taste
      The wine is weak and irritating. The impact of Shirley is small. The fruity taste in the direction of the grape skin is slightly sour and quickly turns to black. Nuts, smoked toasted wood, black pepper, mud, slightly salty vanilla, and the wood taste is lighter than expected .
      Generally, the fat is normal, sweet, no acid, no tannin, no astringency, little bitterness, slightly spicy and no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Generally, ginkgo, salt water, maybe peat, walnuts, honey, light fruits.

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Multilayered in aroma, well developed, wood, herbs, bark, lemon balm, mint. The taste is not very rich, tannins, grass. Mineral finish, leather, walnut 23-22.5-23-22.5
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant, defined, and well aged distillate. A very pleasant choice from the distillery. I'm curious about the source of the barrel and dunnage among other factors.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Nose: leather, concord grape juice, sherry, fresh blueberry pie, sherry; opens into brown sugar, vanilla, mincemeat, notice slight vicks menthol/eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      93 93
      raisins, sherry, some dried blueberry, citrus rind, gooseberries?; with time, leather, tobacco, honey,
    • Finish
      91 91
      tangerine rind, medium black pepper endures with lingering raisin grape, honey

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A chic old-school release.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A calm, velvety trail from the drink pleasantly tickles the nose. You can feel the influence of the old sherry tradition. All recognizable notes of prunes, dried rose, tobacco leaf. Barely perceptible varnish.
    • Taste
      92 92
      There is no strong influence of the oak in the taste, but what is there, you understand well and clearly. Sweet, not obtrusive, noble, full of figs, prunes and raisins of dram, with a slight taste of viscosity.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The aftertaste is the same. Lovely balance.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Best sherried Scotch whisky 1936 vintage onwards, 75 whiskies tasted.

    This whisky was 19th ,out of 75

    Whisky Heaven 96 points average.

    1) Glen Cawdor 1964/1983 43%Duthies for Samaroli 95/96/96 - 96

    Gold Medal Drams 95 Points average

    2) Caperdonich 1966 32 year cask 134 53.1% Signatory 95/95/95 - 95
    3) Glen Avon 1974 sherry cask 59.9% G&M 94/95/95 - 95
    4) Inchgower 1975 25 year 49.7% cask 9176 Kingsbury 94/95/95 - 95
    5) Strathisla 1967/1986 57% Duthies for Samaroli 94/95/95- 95
    6) Glengoyne 1972 40 year 55.5% Mos 1244 Diamonds 96/95/94 - 95
    7) Inchgower 1965 39 year cask 5423 48.1% Jack Wiebers 95/94/95 – 95
    *8) Macallan 1952 15 year 80 proof Rinaldi Import* 85/96/94 – 92
    But 95 for palate & finish average.
    Note
    The Macallan 1952 probably would have come 2nd if the nose had scored similar to the palate and finish, it would be unfair to push it any further down the pecking order and it was, along with the Glen Cawdor 1964 the only whisky I gave a 96p for the palate. It is where it is because the nose let it down and had a burnt off note I did not like but the taste was lovely.

    Silver Medal Drams 94 Points average

    9) Tobermory 1972 23 year 50% MI De Viris Illlustribus 94/95/94 - 94
    10) Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60%OB 94/95/94 – 94
    11) Glen Mhor 30 year Bar Metro 60.1% 94/95/94 – 94
    12) Dallas Dhu 1982 24 year cask 3739 OB 93/95/94 - 94
    13) Springbank 35 year 46% Millenium OB 93/95/94 - 94
    14) Macallan 1939 70 proof GM OB 93/95/94 - 94
    15) Glenglassaugh 1972 38 year cask 2891 59.1% ob 94/94/95 - 94 19247
    16) Tobermory 1972 OB purple label 32 year 49.5% 94/95/93 – 94
    17) Longmorn 1968 SMWS 7.27 53.8% 93/94/95 - 94
    18) Aberfeldy 19yr manager’s dram 1991 61.3% 94/94/94 - 94
    *19) Balblair 1966 38 year 44% ob 94/94/94 - 94
    20) Speyburn 1975 cask 3413 55.4%OB 94/94/94 - 94 41085
    21) Glen Avon 15 year 57% Avonside whisky 93/94/94 – 94
    22) Glen Grant 1964 50 year cask 4462 gm 93/94/94 - 94
    23) Glenlossie 1972 17 year 57.7% Sestante 93/94/94 – 94
    24) Tamnavulin 35 year Forrester cask 3087 52.6% OB 93/94/94 - 94
    25) Blair Athol 21 year moon import the cars 93/94/94 - 94
    26) Talisker 1981 20 year 62% 93/94/94 - 94
    27 )Longmorn 1972 33 year laird bottling 43.7% 93/94/94 -94
    28) Mortlach 14 year 57% sestante 95/93/94 - 94

    Bronze Medal Drams 93 Points average

    29) Balmenach 14 year 1971 57.5% ob sestante 93/94/93 - 93
    30) Glenugie 1967 59.5% sherry wood Sestante 92/94/93 - 93
    31) Talisker 1957 57% GM black label 92/93/94 - 93
    32) Glenfarclas 21 year unblended 51.5% Edward Giaccone 93/94/92 – 93
    33) Jura 1966 30 year 51.6% cask 1868 Signatory 92/93/94 - 93
    34) springbank 1966 58.1% cask 443 LB 95/93/92 - 93
    35) Highland Park 1973 34 year OB cask 6384 46.5% 92/93/93 - 93
    36) Tamdhu 1962 44 year 43% GM 92/93/93 - 93
    37) Millburn 1967 34 year omc 50% 93/92/94 - 93
    38) Laphroaig 1998 20 year cask 700296 54.6 WM 94/92/93 93
    39) Glenrothes 1947 28 year 43% ferrarato OB 94/93/91- 93
    40) Strathisla 1963 48 year 51.8% cask 576 GM 94/92/92 – 93

    92 points average

    41) Talisker 1955 50 year Secret Stills GM 91/93/92 - 92
    42) Bunna 1968 34 year 43.5% OB 93/93/91 – 92
    43) Glengoyne 1969/98 cask 3525 51.6% OB 93/93/91 - 92
    44) Glenlochy 1965 32 year cask 1528 47.9% 92/92/93 - 92
    45) Tomintoul 1966 44 year cask 5261 49.1% JW 93/92/92 - 92
    46) Caperdonich 1972 39 year cask 52.8% TWA 91/92/93 - 92
    47) Pride of Strathspey 1939 43 year gm (Macallan) 95/92/90 - 92
    48) Macallan 1958/59 25 year Anniversary OB 94/92/91 - 92
    49) Glenlossie 1938 43 years 40% GM 93/92/91 - 92
    50) Glenrothes 1966 36 year 51.8% cask 1438 OB 94/91/91 – 92
    51) Avonside 1938 39 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 94/92/90 - 92

    91 points average

    52) Miltonduff 1966 22 year Pluscarden Valley 58.4% 88/93/93 - 91
    53) Avonside 1938 33 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 89/93/92 - 91
    54) Glendronach 1972 cask 706 43 year 51.1% 90/92/92 – 91
    55) Glenfarclas 1964 40 year NC 1578 Recheirich 91/92/91 - 91
    56) Strathisla Decanter, Milton Distillery, William Longmire 90/92/91 - 91
    (Very rare whisky, early 1950`s peated Strathisla)
    57) Longmorn 1972 37 year 51.3% TWA 92/91/91 -91
    58) Highland Park 1960 dumpy 17 year 43% OB Ferraretto 92/91/90 - 91
    59) Glenrothes 1972 29 year Restricted Release 43% OB 90/91/91 - 91
    60) Aberlour 1964 25 year 43% OB 93/90/91 – 91
    61) Bowmore 1956 43% OB, pure islay malt seagull label 94/90/88 – 91
    62) Macphail’s 1938 Dram Taker’s 40% GM 92/92/89 – 91
    63) Bowmore 1970 34 year cask 4689 56.6% 92/91/89 – 91

    90 points average

    64) Old Speyside 1966 40 year 45.6% Taste Still 87/92/91 - 90
    65) Strathisla 1937 37 year 40% 70 proof GM 90/91/89 – 90
    66) Highland Park dumpy 19 year 43% OB Ferraretto Imp 91/90/89 – 90
    67) Benriach 1984 28 year 50.2% cask 1050 OB 89/89/91 - 90

    89 points average & under

    68) Auchentoshan 1970 21 year 43% ob, sherry 93/87/88 - 89
    69) Longmorn 1972 39 year 45% LMDW 93/88/87 - 89
    70) Macallan 1962 25 year anniversary OB 43% 89/88/88 - 88
    71) Glen Grant 1936 decanter 50 year gm 85/89/88 - 87
    72) Ben Nevis 1967 41 year, cask 1281 49.4% 87/85/91 – 87
    73) Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% GM 85/83/82 – 83
    74) Glenlossie 1975 44 year cask 2907 GM 86/65/70 – 73

    Tried right at the end Bonus Dram Daftmill cask 029/2009 sherry 61.1%
    91-92 points average

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    re taste for a sherried whisky h2h.
    this is better with a little water as it gets even sweeter.
    This is still one of my all time favourite whisky and the finish is superb.
    playing around with water is necessary as the sweet spot is lovely.
    up a little from my last score, 94 points across the board.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    WF: 92

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/ArchiveSeptember04.html#180904

  11. cfosterk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Beautifully layered whisky. I'm no sherryhead but after 30 minutes or so I found this a very rewarding dram. Was lucky to try an open bottle at a wonderful evening with friends. Perhaps lost a little on the development and finish? I think the bottle had been open for over a year and hadn't been gassed....

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    From memory I do not think I have ever rated this one with water added, it seemed to me at 44% there was little point.
    I still think this is one of the best Highland bottlings of the last 20 years but it is ever so thin on the palate but around 91p maybe 92p is fair for such a tasty dram.
    Trying with water it has released even more flavour and spices it's mainly orange and ginger on the palate but the nose has definitely opened up.
    My palate has obviously changed because I scored it higher previously
    Marks for water added
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced on the nose and palate, just a bit drying with the finish - still very good
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense, nutty, dried fruits, raisins, fine sherry wood, notes of toffee and also some coffee, hints of acacia honey, spices, little nutmeg, meaty - great
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy, nutty, woody, subtle sweetness, dark chocolate, cooked fruits, pepper, spices, tobacco - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, zesty, a tad bitter

  14. Tuctu scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Complex and elegant whisky, no need for water

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I don`t believe it I have found another Balblair OB as good as this, if not a tiny bit better from a bourbon cask.
    its so close , great for different reasons.
    I think I will up the average score of this to 94, I will put them equal for now, tried H2H 1970 first.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/23692/balblair-1970

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful, complex Balblair, far the best I drank.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Spicy oloroso, honey, fruits, eucalyptus, lacquered wood, nuts, cocoa and citruses.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sherry, fruits, honey, salted caramel, matured oak, nutmeg, citruses and tobacco.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, oaky.

  19. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful whisky. The nose, especially, is great. 
    • Nose
      Wow a dense rich very fruity nose, with a certain oldness, and earthiness (potatoes, light ginseng, roasted chestnuts) that are very enjoyable. Black grapes, plums, Li Hing Mui, sugarcane.
    • Taste
      Unique. It's juicy, yet there's a cola-like quality to this - combination Dr. Pepper and Welch's grape soda. There's some sherry here but it plays more of a supportive role. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
    • Finish
      Not enough oomph here. I wish it lasts for a while, but no. No off-flavors. 

  20. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Very generous sample supplied by hs305

    After pouring my healthy sample the room was engulfed with sweet fruit and honey.

    Nose; Old sweet honey, beeswax, warm papaya.

    Palate; Rich-thick old honey, salty-brine with sweet fruit.

    Finish Briny, rancide honey medium-long.

    Expected more on the palate based on the nose.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I just checked and if my records are correct the last bottle I purchased at auction was £220 + commission in December 2013

    Original shop price for this on release was around the £150 mark so for almost 10 years a very slow steady increase then in the last few years bang?

  22. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A semi-blind tasting sample, with only "BB" and #4986 on the bottle. Honestly, I couldn't decifer BB = Balblair. Shows that the distillery is not on my radar. Unjustified, based on this sample. Nose: I was thinking 1960s straight away and yes, 1966. Quite a nutty, waxy, oranges in honey old school sherry that is not overpowering and very fresh - explained by 2nd fill oloroso casks. It seems to be rather drinking strength, which is confirmed by the 44% with are perfect. With more air, some woody and herbal notes appear.It feels a bit dry and very slightly woody in the mouth upon the arrival, but woodwise this is complaining on a very high level. Sweetness (raisins, honey) follows and smooth out the dram.The body is quite muscular, much stronger than the blind nosing and the now known 44% suggest. What a fantastic sexy body, if this is possible with whisky.The finish is long but not overly complex. What stands out is the sweetness and the power still on the tongue after a few minutes. Once the power resides, the wood stays on the tongue, though not splinty but rather smooth.Wow and thank you!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=299 Color: Old Sauternes Nose: apricots, tangerines, oranges, toffee, lots of honey and a mild spiciness with a hint of fruit gum. It continues with ripe blueberries, raisins, soft leather, wood and hints of chocolate and floral aromas. Taste: Soft, but very spicy with an earthy-woody undertone. Based on notes of nuts, raisins, black pepper, vanilla, creamy fruit and a vibrant sweetness of honey, caramel and sweetened tea. Finish: Medium long - fruity-spicy-slightly dry and provided with dark tea aromas. Well integrated wood, with hazelnuts / peanuts and a decent portion of honey - dry finish. 90 points N: 90P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  24. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  A good friend intends to buy two bottles of this stuff at today's extraordinary prices without having tasted it ever before.  Personally, I think it is not a good idea to buy such expensive bottles (for drinking) without a prior check that this dram really charms the own taste buds as I experienced myself that some very high rated whiskies (both here at WB or by Serge or Jim) are not to my liking at all.  So I do my friend a favour and open bottle no. 2926 that I bought for 210 Euro in April, 2008. 

    This is a beautiful and flawless old style sherry whisky that is elegant and very enjoyable to sip.  Is it worth 1.000 Eurobucks?  No, of course not!  As a drinker I am willing to pay up to 400 Euro for a bottle of this quality...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is tawny and the texture shows slow legs and fat sticky tears. The nose is all about these adorable old style oloroso sherry profiles with cooked and fresh fruits, nuts, some honey and beeswax as well as herbal (eucalyptus, menthol) aromas. All nicely balanced, clean and surprisingly fresh for a 38 years long maturation. I really like it.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is very complex and multi-layered on lots of different fruits (the typical old Balblair profile when they used the mysterious "third" still that unfortunately was dismanteled some years ago), the typical sherry flavours (like raisins), manuka honey and nicely spicy wooden notes. Again greatly balanced and taste bud charmingly creamy.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives instantly coating and warming on the palate with no distracting moment at all - bottled exactly at the right time. The finish is long and offers more of the delicious honey and spicy wooden flavours. Now the herbs pop up again, too. No bitter or astringent feelings at all, simply superb. Water is not needed as this dram is perfect as it is...

  25. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Calmar scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful age-old mole, a deep and complex aroma, surprisingly lively and mobile taste / finish, excellent balance, sweet enough, with gradually opening sherry derivatives on a honey-nut background.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, noble wood - old mahogany furniture, cigar box, stain, lacquer, furniture polish, vanilla, dried fruit, white raisins, confectionery notes - charlotte, baked apples, caramelized sugar, nuts, baklava.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, sweet - honey, molasses; orange peel, oak, nuts, astringent young bark, cola, leavened wort.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, dried fruits, raisins, red apple, lemon and orange candied fruits, cola, light bitterness of dark beer, cranberries.

  27. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Highest quality!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful Whisky.

    Very old appearing without being elderly.

    Elegant, subtle and very aromatic.

    Especially on the nose.

    Tasting of a sample with Armin Fuchs in May 2016.
    • Nose
      Old cask aromas with old cellar and pantry in the beginning.

      A lot of honey; peaches, caramel coated with cherry mousse, sweetened coffee.

      Spiciness with a deep and old sweetness.

      Furniture polish, old wood paint, raisins, pepper.

      There are also mineral-peaty notes and sea air with hints of salt.

      (Armin Fuchs says: 'A crushed mango heated up by the sun.')

      Hints of chocolate, demerara, slightly rotten wood, old upholstery, pralines, lemon cleaner, lemon peels, some bergamotte and sweet orange filets. Hints of lemon sorbet.

      There are some marinades with are slightly vinegary; some powder (cosmetic), hints of brandy beans, hints of peppermint, rum-pineapple, some cake, some broth cube and minestrone.

      Old wooden banks in a wine bar (in a cellar).

      Warm and round.
    • Taste
      Salt, peat and sea air in the beginning. Then comes the citrus and some fudge.

      Demerara sugar and tart-green fruits. Old casks and imressions of an old lighthouse (just classic classic)!

      Mangos, raisins, pralines, some bergamotte, old and slightly smoky maltiness, old upholstery, old closet, slightly burnt cake and then come again some maritime aromas.

      Old barn, old pantry.

      Some coffee, chocolate and tobacco.

      Honey and oranges, slight resiny notes and old roast meet with sauce.

      Old and delicate.
    • Finish
      Old Sherry casks with old and tart citrus.

      Again hints of bergamotte - with warm and glowing fruit liquors.

      Brandy beans, demerara, old upholstery and some powder.

      Sweet malt and some aromatic peat that is in melange with some bergamotte and sea air notes.

      Salon with parquet floor, leather furniture, old books, old brandy and distant cigar smoke. Getting a bit drier then.

      Some cherry cake, sour cherry jam, some grilled fish, coffee, chocolate and some scouring powder.

      Nails in an old cask. Some broth and beef ('Tafelspitz') with molten butter. Some powder again. Salt, rosemary and other herbs.

      Aftertaste of roast beef.

      Rum raisins, distant strawberries, pineapple, mango, tangerines with some peel, some kiwi and papaya.

      Warm, old and early-summer-like.

  29. Jevan scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  30. Jevan scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This is a fantastic dram and one of the best I have had the pleasure to try. This is what real sherry with age is about, layers of complexity and rich flavour. This is not a unidimensional sherrybomb, it has so much more to offer! At 38 and 45% it probably could have gone even further it belies its age so well. 96.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully rich and warm nose. Earthy with honey. Apricots and something floral but light. Light sandalwood and wax. The slightest hint of plasticine at first but this fades quickly. This nose evolves and changes a lot over time revealing its complexity. With water no great change but the honey comes to the front.
    • Taste
      Gorgeous layer of rich earthiness unfold with a slightly oily viscosity. This seems like a herbally based oil rather than mineral oil - like clove or bergamot with a touch of over-ripe orange. Spices come afterward in waves, clove and some white pepper. Raisins and some dark cocoa follow. Beautifully delivers on the promise of its nose, both is total harmony and less balance than a wonderful peeling off of layer by layer. What great complexity!
    • Finish
      A medium long finish that is unsurprisingly un-woody after 38 years in cask. Peppery spices predominate with the richness of the cocoa woven in.

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A lovely whisky, one of the best.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  32. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    May 2014

    NEAT

    Nose - Oranges, Christmas spice & cake, faint coconut, a little sherry, felt tip pen, grapefruit, toffee, gooseberry.

    Palate - spice,spice,spice, Christmas cake, fudge, tangerine.

    Finish - just keeps goingWITH WATER

    Nose - Toffee, fudge, orange in the background

    Palate - Christmas cake, toffee, a bit of wet grass

    Finish - lost a bit of shape with water.

    There is no need to add water with this one. I have just put up the tasting notes for a 10 yr 57% G&M bottling. The profile is the same but this is much more complex.
    The point is the profile of Balblair whisky in the 60's & 70's is excellent.

    Just as good as I remember it and still in my top 3 whiskies ever. Get some before it is too late.

  33. barryfox915 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber
    Nose: Mellow, round, strong sherry notes, and on
    leather.
    Taste: Quite oaky, spicy, on tangerine, orange and menthol. The
    finish is quite short, relatively dry, on tangerine, orange and a lot of
    berries.
    General Impression: A plesant Balblair, quite thick and
    mouthcoating. Thank you Pierre.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting16.html#Nov21

     

     

  34. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Dense and fine - very classy and elegant! Maybe a little 'oldish'.

    Great nose: a single complete, extremely complex organism!

    This whisky gives you time in the enjoyment when you give him time!

    Great!

    Tasting with FineSpirit_butler1 (Feb. 2015).
    • Nose
      Dried fruits are advancing into the room! Sherry cask of best goodness, sweet caramel, raisins, prunes, caramelized apples, old wall cupboard, sweetened espresso, dried orange peel, solvents, thick cherry jam, Toffee pastry, pleasant fruit and caramel sweetness - directly behind it shines through the spiciness of the barrel, mandarins, old Sherry, vanilla spice, some grapefruit, wood, something sparkling in the depth, 'Viss' scouring powder, dry logs, old leather briefcase, some unsweetened apricot jam, curry powder, sweet Hungarian paprika powder, noble milk chocolate, sweet dried tobacco leaves, a hint of hazelnut, grocer, fruit-blacktea;

      after the first sip: finest chocolates, wet basement
    • Taste
      Spice, citrus, Sherry, cocoa powder, some liquorice, Sherry cask, oranges, sweetness, sweet jams, Demerara, tangerines, lemon, honey sweetness, sourness, coffee bitterness, wood, tobacco leaves (cigar), tart leather, some 'Medical', thyme, dried basil, motor oil, charred wood, eucalyptus, some clove, some burnt cake, wood, some Cognac, hazelnut shells, Kiwi, dark tart chocolate icecream, bergamot, a mango - heated in the sun and smashed …, make up powder
    • Finish
      Sherry cask with pepper and clear wood spice, pleasant vanilla, dried orange peel, dark rum, jam-sweetness, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, lemon zest, some boiled beef, old cabinet, antique cushion, clear leather, plums and a little mint, eucalyptus, slight bitterness of bitter espresso, even citrus freshness, make up, wood, Kiwi peal, coconut shell, aftertaste of thin honey, green salad

  35. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  36. KayMeertens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Plum, apricots on syrup, cherry, heavy furniture out of leather and wood, bramble, date, yellow raisin, apple compote, lime, orange and a little milk chocolate. A little herbal touch like eucalyptus. So beautifully mature, this could be the best nose I ever smelled. Close to perfection.
    • Taste
      Prune, date, orange, leather, lime, chocolate, blueberry, apricot, apple, lychee, toffee, pear and quite some oaky spice such as clove and cinnamon. Just a little smoky touch.
    • Finish
      Chocolate, plum, leather, apricot, orange, bramble, rhubarb, honey, chestnut and cinnamon. As is the case with many whiskies of this age, the finish is not quite as impressive as the nose. Still very very good though.

  37. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 92 points Super Administrator

    Heavy sherrry influence, sultanas and very refreshing dried kumquats.

  38. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby and JJ

    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
    • Nose
      pepper, nice sweet sherry influence, nuts, forest fruits and leather
    • Taste
      oily, spices, orange, cranberries and some cinnamon
    • Finish
      yogurt with cranberries and nuts

  39. aby scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    adding this one to our site: whiskysample.nl

    notes to follow soon, but this should be very good.

  40. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Only 2400 bottles produced? I have bottle number 2622 here.

    The box, packaging, bottle and linear notes are immaculate so forgery at this level wouldn't be worth the effort

    Does anyone else have a bottle numbered higher than 2400?

    Eventually I got an answer from Balblair via the Gathering Place which clears up the mystery:

    "We have investigated and can confirm that your Balblair Vintage 1966 is indeed genuine and was bottled on the 28th September 2004. Although, as you correctly note, there were only total of 2,400 bottles produced the numbers were in fact not sequential - hence why your bottle has a higher number. Hope this helps answer your query and enjoy".

    Happy days!

  41. markjedi1 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Old is not synonymous with good, but in this case,
    both adjectives apply. This is a Balblair Superdram. Thanks, Kris!
    • Nose
      Ha! At this age, you would think that the nose would
      show loads of wood, but this Balblair proves otherwise. It is very creamy and
      fruity, without any sign of oak. Apple sauce, pear syrup, crème brulee, mint,
      chocolate and some walnuts. Boy, oh boy, this is magnificent!
    • Taste
      It does have a rather light body, but the palate
      immediately offers the same fruit (apples, pears, this time the stewed version)
      and good spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger), upholstered with gingerbread with
      almond paste filling and quite a bit of honey. Only midpalate the wood finally
      starts to speak. Whisper, more like. This is well balanced. Adding water would
      be silly, so I did not.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long on sweet honey and spices.

  42. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice whisky but I'm not sensitive to its complexity!
    • Nose
      Very complex nose
      Fruit (peach syrup), spices (ginger)
      Menthol
    • Taste
      salted
      woody
      fruity
    • Finish
      Average

  44. Collector57 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Excellent but sadly expensive now
    • Nose
      Mmmmm, toffee apples, then spices interwoven with something ... it's like those mentholyptus cough sweets in the background. Yummy
    • Taste
      So flavoursome - what is it all? Initial hit of sweetness followed by a chewy mouthful of raisins with spicy wood. Also a bit gingery (like Nadurra but mellowed). 
    • Finish
      Spicy, long long finish with thick honey at the end, mingled with more of the ginger, Wow!

  45. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very big malt. I loved.
    • Nose
      Complex straight away, rich, expressive and elegant. There are things going on here. Subtly acidulous fruits open the festivities, mandarins, oranges, pineapples. They are wrapped in cinnamon and beeswax. The aeration sees the wood express itself in a very pleasant manner, with light notes of encaustic, old library, eucalyptus. Then the sherry is more pressing, vinous, and loaded with dried fruits and treats (nuts, coffee liqueur) while the fruits are more discreet, but also more exotic.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly cool for a whisky of this age. The wood is present, but it is expressed by its minty face. We find the exotic fruity smell on the nose, some spices more pungent (ginger), and nice sweet and sour notes (candied citron). Very nice balance.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, waxy and gently woody, a hint of fruit giving it the necessary liveliness. No astringency.

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