Balblair 1966

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
38 years old
2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
44.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L4271 G8 08:54 04/04753
Added on
23 Nov 2008 8:48 pm

Average value

€ 3191.76

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164 × member ratings

190 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1966

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.06 points

  1. 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...

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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.


  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    WF: 92


  9. 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....

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points 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


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