Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
21 years old
1st Fill Sherry Puncheon
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
04 Feb 2015 3:22 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 232,14

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1993 GM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.62 points

  1. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      deep sherry, dark fruits, wax chalk, chocolate, candied fruit, sweet, leather, a touch of furniture polish,
      dried plums
    • Taste
      85 85
      Full, strong onset, dominant alcohol, sherry, strong Fassaroma, slight bitterness, sweetness prevails, tannins on tap
    • Finish
      84 84
      Oak, oak, oak ... then chocolate and wet leather

  2. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, well matured Balblair. It's quite complex, not just about the oak and sherry. 88/89.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Creamy, deep. Sherry and oak. Matured fruits, raisin, spices.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful. Sweet sherry. Cocoa, coffee and tobacco. Spicy oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Superb 'edgy' stuff and never a dull moment’
    N: Its a sherry bomb which was guaranteed just by looking alone. Its bitter/sweet by nature - the oak playing an enormous part in creating an oaky, cherry and prune sensation. Ginger cake, sultanas and carrot cake are here too - all to be expected along with undefined mushrooms, veg stock cubes, sweet [pizza base] tomato sauce, cherry and blueberry muffins, moss, dew soaked grass, picked/sundried dandelions, tamarind/sugary oyster sauce, scones, yeasty-fluffy breads, sweet~honeyed carrots turning to butternut squash, a gentle screwdriver [cocktail], strawberry cough sweets, [black] treacle, molasses flapjack - but its the maltiness thats winning me over and turning this sherry bomb into something more spectacular. I find myself looking for more bottles online at this moment..
    T: Uber-sherry rich expection met [with a cask strength first fill cask], this is going to need water. This isn’t a sweet sherry bomb however, its a green savoury affair. Its sour=bitter with or without but with water it provides a sweeter edge with toffee showing into the finish. After a few days, the bitterness is softening, not much but enough. The is now all about the oak, zingy, bitter oak with the sherry sweetness a passing thought. Theres a tar note initially on arrival - an oil-slick affair turning fresh with fennel and aniseed, sweetening slightly before turning to a fresh finish.
    F: Green sherry wood - new stick wood before aniseed/liquorice wood shines [aniseed lingering] and becoming more vibrant. Plenty of oomph until the last - and with water the grain shines through more at the end, with raspberry coulis and celeriac appearing. Theres lots of lip smacking to be done here not least of all because of my need to extract sweetness from the bitter/sour - a sublime pastime. I have a particular passing note of lambs liver just before the finish but its not a prominent feature by any means.
    C: The distillery is somewhat irrelevant here, it and the grain itself playing second fiddle to the cask. Its all about the cask and its a fresh one, a challenge, and a joyous one. Its the most polite sherry bomb i know of, and that at least is very Balblair. 
    Last few drams of the bottle
    N: Damp, fungal oak combined with soft toffee and fudge. Malty dunnage nose with hessian sacks, helter skelter mats and old (Cub Scout) canvas tents - and despite all that oaky sour freshness theres pineapple cubes, raspberry & strawberry jam sponge cake with powdered custard, fruity custard, boiled sweets, toffee brûlée and strawberry angel delight. Intoxicating stuff at intoxicating levels, Lots to discover within its always dusty, fruity interior.
    T: Strong, active stuff with an arrival that you won't forget -  pipettes at the ready because this one is 'edgy'. Smoky Tarka Dahl, damson jam, ham and oak & vegetal (fennel) moves towards a fresh=maltiness with mushroom soup, spices and lots of wood. Sherry sweetness is always kept on its toes with the fresh bitterness.
    F: Grain<oak, sour=sweet with a fungal finish - it may not sound desirable but it is. Mineral/vegetal/malty, sour-savoury dry finish. Grain vanillas show nicely at the finish
    C: This one will keep you busy, not only with water management but also with ever changing balance struggles/ratios. Fungal oak is the order of the day, I like. It's not often you find a single cask (1st fill sherry) Balblair at a decent age for around £70 [Mar ’15], at this quality. Superb 'edgy' stuff, never a dull moment.

    Scores a B

  6. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: not that this comes as a surprise : this is a sherry monster. Big big sherry going on here. Deep and concentrated. Lots of dark fruit and berries. Ripe berries in addition to Xmas cake and a plethora of dried fruit. Sour balsamic note and maybe some mushrooms. There’s also some spices going on : mainly ginger and allspice. Some white pepper too. It’s a bit sulfur you too but if you let it breath for ten minutes most is gone. It’s not a turnoff for me, but I’ve been known to like sulfur in my sherry.

    Palate: bam! This is a big palate with some alcohol bite. Big chocolate send mocha up front with prunes and dates as well as chocolate raisin dipped in rum. Maraschino cherries too. Double espresso and hints of sulfur. Tobacco leaves.

    Finish : espresso. Salty caramel. Chocolate mousse. Cigar leaves. Tobacco. Dry.

    This is good stuff. Not your ordinary Balblair with all this sherry effect, but it’s rich, complex, and yummy with a big




  7. p4blo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If you love espresso, go for it!
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee beans, tons of cloves, ginger, cinnamon. Smells 'dark', bitter and quite dry. There is a hint of rubber too but it wears off after 20 minutes.
    • Taste
      Quite flat. Loads of dark chocolate, espresso, whiffs of tobacco, but not much more than that.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bitter, very bitter...

  8. Zumbar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88


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