Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Jun 2015 9:05 am by JSW

Average value

€ 277.27

23 × in wishlist

22 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1985 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.45 points

  1. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice fruit basket in the nose and in the mouthfeel. Mainly cinnamon-apples, some mango, some citrus. Would really get more than 90 points, but for 3 downsides :

    1 : Price tag.

    2 : 43% is a little low for this one and shows on the relative shortness

    3 : Looses a lot of fruity notes with air. I'd really recommend to fill sample bottles after opening it in order to avoid loosing much of the enjoyment it provides when sipped without too much air. Might be a side effect of point 2, by the way.

    All this being said : a very, very good Balblair.

  2. Murxus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    First impressions of the bottle where at 91 points. Now diminuatively downgraded to 89 pts. Really not bad but, but too much diluted and if you compare it with a OA `97 vintage there is not much difference except the price tag ;-)

    PS: upgraded again to 90 pts. I love it ... and I hate it. It´s so simple. And then again it´s so complex. Really confusing what elder casks can deliver.

  3. The Macallan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: very fruity nose with sherry on top and rather locked then open

    P: again the lovely fruityness is there with notes of caramel and warming

    F: lovely caramel, sherry spiced fruityness

    C: A fine Balblair but does not have the behaviour of a 30y old, nothing realy exiting there

  4. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a very nice Balblair, but unfortunately not great because of its 43% ABV (a bit to watery for my palate). Yes, there is an age statement telling you that this malt has been matured for 30 years but wouldn't it have been much more complex with 46% ABV? Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Fruits, ripe apples and pears, stewed fruits, oranges, tropical fruits (banana, some mango), caramel, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Again: Fruits, stewed fruits (mostly apples), oranges, tropical fruits, caramel, vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fruits, some chocolate and sweet oak.

  5. ThorinOakshield scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A really nice whisky,  smell of butter,  walnut,  peach,  tasts creamy,  hints of walnuts,  stone fruit 
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. moviemaniac scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Mmmmmhhhh…. what a dram! One of the best I’ve tried in many moons. I’ve been saying it for many years: Take a great quality refill barrel and great quality distillate and give it many years of time. This complex, layered, elegant and gentle dram with fruits and not too shy an oak influence is the result of that simple yet effective recipe. Two words: Pure elegance.94/100

    Full review: https://maltklaus.net/dailydram/2017/02/09/tasting-balblair-30-yo-1985-2015-by-gordon-macphail/


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