Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Calculated age
19 years old
Refill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
45.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
25/01/16 152189
Bottled for
Germany Exclusive
Added on
06 Mar 2016 2:48 pm by maltimore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119,90

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1996 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.19 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Summer whisky is probably the best.
    • Nose
      Malty, grainy, honey, banana, soft, hay, biscuits, chewing gum, tangerine
    • Taste
      Watery and slightly creamy, a slow onset, then it gets malty again with the cereal notes
    • Finish
      Light oak, a beautiful round, light finish, again with the malt tones

  2. Oranje81 did not rate this whisky Member Junior


  3. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Delicious ex-bourbon cask whisky, which is well suited as a daily dram, especially in the warmer half of the year.
    • Nose
      First, floral and grassy. Smells like flower meadow. Then it tingles something in the nose and a malty note comes to it. Then gradually fruity with pear and maybe a little pineapple. But above all, there is the flower meadow.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Sweeter than the nose. Spicy honey. Then again malting. Light oak, but no bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium. Pleasantly mild and sweet.

  4. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A rich multi-layered malt with an attractive character. A beautiful
    example of a well-matured Bourbon cask whisky. Smooth and charming with a
    lovely sweetness on the palate, but still lively and spicy when water
    is added! Well structured with delicious flavours, and highly drinkable.

    I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample!

    • Nose
      Subtle sweet and very fruity on the nose with ripe pears, grapes and
      pineapple. This is accompanied by pleasant floral and malty notes mixed
      with grassy tones and hay. Vanilla, cinnamon and spiced oak gently
      linger with notes of herbal lemonade in the back. Fresh and soft.
    • Taste
      Deliciously fruity and significantly sweeter on the palate than the nose
      suggests. Pineapple, ripe pears, baked yellow apples, and lemon zest
      with a whiff of raisins pleasantly linger with sticky honey on the
      tongue. A slightly warming spiciness develops with oak, cinnamon, ginger
      and subtle nutmeg. Tender notes of caramel and milk chocolate towards
      the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, sweet with vanilla and creamy acacia honey.
      Warm notes of spiced oak and cinnamon perfectly intermingle with a
      lingering nuttiness and fine milk chocolate on the tail. Lovely soft and

      WITH WATER: Water significantly tames the lovely
      fruitiness on the nose bringing lots of spicy flavours and acacia honey
      to the fore. Dry and less sweet with an increased spiciness and
      prickling oak on the tongue. The finish is medium long, significantly
      warm and dry with spiced oak on the tail.

  5. JohannesB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very round, pleasing and pleasant whisky. He has no weaknesses and knows how to please in particular with the typical Balblair flower meadow and the well-defined citrus fruits. Whether you have to pay for a 10-year-old Balblair in drinking strength with these attributes but over 90, - EUR, is up to you.
    • Nose
      A fresh, fragrant flower meadow in the summer. The distillate character has a light play with the restrained aromas of the refill-ex-bourbon barrel. Grapes, apricots, limes and some pineapple. Above all lies a basic floral character that reminds me of the described flower meadow.
    • Taste
      Sweet and light with honey, vanilla and completely removed caramel. The citrus fruits predominate on the tongue: pineapple juice, lime zest and a splash of lemon. The keg brings black pepper and some cinnamon sugar to the end.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and creamy with vanilla sugar and caramel pudding. The sweet citrus fruits fade away slowly and the sweetness of the ex-bourbon barrel remains together with a delicate spicy note on the tongue.

  6. Segens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very nice dram which is too drinkable :-)

    This dram is a very good daily dram as it is quite smooth and quite enjoyable as it has no negative touch at all. As I was not expecting anything the effect is very positive for me.
    • Nose
      fruity oak: pineapple, lemon, grapes, very decent smoke

      Very nice but not too complex
    • Taste
      Sweeter than the nose with some honey influence. Could be complexer but very nice to drink!
    • Finish
      Elegant smooth finish with some oak remains but quite positive.


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