Balblair 10-year-old GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Apr 2016 8:52 am by JSW

Average value

€ 42.51

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22 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 10-year-old GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.63 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Nothing fancy, nothing posh.
    Picked it up at CO-OP for around £30 and found it to be well worth it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh apple juice with a lemon twist.
      Yellow fruits and sweet bourbon vanilla.
      Underlying note of dense wood.
      Water makes the citrus pop.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Initially feels fresh and a little light, maybe even thin.
      Sweet yellow fruits.
      Rapid build up of spice and wood, giving a warm and drying feel.
      It opens up a bit with water, cooling the spice, not so dry and some chocolate/coffee flavours emerge.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Spicy, woody, dry.
      A bit too dry and astingent.
      Water helps on the astringency, still dry and spicy but it allows the darker notes to carry longer.

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

    Fresh and fruity, with a seductive nose. On the palate, however, I
    find it too much on the woody side. Unbalanced, very dry with lots of
    spices and virtually no fruit, particularly on the finish. This 'woody'
    style of Balblair doesn't really suit me.

    I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample!

    • Nose
      Quite light on the nose with creamy vanilla and crisp cereal notes.
      LIngering citric fruits emerge, complemented by dried apricots, slightly
      bitter orange peel and pink grapefruit, followed by tender spiced oak
      and pepper in the back. Very appealing!
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy on the palate at first with a lovely fruity mix of
      apricots, grapefruit and vanilla. This is, however, immediately pushed
      aside by a herbaceous and warming spiciness of oak, nutmeg and pepper,
      accompanied by a long-standing woody dryness.
    • Finish
      Quite short and very woody on the finish. Dry oak, pepper and anise without any twinkle of fruitiness.

      WITH WATER: Water brings out more vanilla but tames the lovely
      fruitiness on the nose. Woody, spicy, peppery and very dry on the palate
      while the yellow fruity flavours are all gone. The same on the finish.
      Short, but very woody and significantly dry.

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Odd whisky, with an enormous difference between the nose and the taste/finish. The nose is powerful, fresh, fruity. But in taste much less power, and much more bitterness.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Full scent immediately, pretty some alcohol, quite unexpected for such a low Abv. Fruity, citrus, orange. Some honey sweetness. Some vegetal notes as well.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Much more smooth now, with a little sparkle. Fruity, creamy, citrus. Honey. Later on, a little bitterness comes in, which gets more dominant every sip, woody.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A bit punchy in the throat, together with the fruitiness some bitterness comes in. Orange zest, woody now as well. Middle long finish.

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. GJR scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    tested bottle dated 28/05/2015, - good work by G&M!


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