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Balblair 1966

Overall rating
91.96/100
votes
158
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

€ 4258.58

40 × in wishlist

158 × member ratings

196 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1966

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.96 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.

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

  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. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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