Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
The MacPhail's Collection
Stated Age
21 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
21/04/2016 160152
Added on
31 Aug 2016 6:48 pm by TomBx

Average value

€ 102.84

11 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

50 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 21-year-old GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.92 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Blind tasted. Thought it was a speysider at first.
    • Nose
      Beautiful delicate nose. Initially sweet apples and overripe pear. A little later also subtle hints of red fruit appear. I suspect it to be a combination of refill sherry cask(s) and hogshead(s) both are present. The whole is very mature and well balanced.
    • Taste
      Taste is strong, flavorfull but also smooth and quite complex. Initially there is not much fruitiness but quite a lot of smokiness in a charred oak kind of way. Which is nice. In time more of the sherry influences come through. Pleasant on the palate.
    • Finish
      Finish is short to medium. A creamy mouthfeel continues and is accompanied with pleasant spices such as licorice.

      Not immensely exciting but very good. A real summer dram.

  2. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 657: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOCSSGo80mY (92/100).

    "What a fascinating whisky. So transformed from the unpromising and bewildering experience when I first open the bottle. This whisky is not just changed a bit over time, it's changed enormously over time. It is turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan."

    "If I was assessing this on first taste on opening the bottle I would have probably rated it about 77 out of a 100."

  3. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    After plunging into the glass we are in sync with what is expected of a Balblair, that is to say the fruit while simplicity. But I must say that the mouth and the finish by this bitter side, contrast with the original style and it is not made to displease me. The reduction, even if it is a little noticed, does not affect the whole. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Fruity, sweet and creamy. It starts a little like a Balblair. The heat of the apricot, the passivity of the mango. Peach in syrup. There is honey, but it is radically fruity, banana. A good comrade for the evenings of fullness. There is something between confectionery and herbal syrup.
    • Taste
      Palate: This whisky is a treat for the taste buds. Almonds and honey, fruits ripened in the sun of course, always the same apricots, peaches. Small, slightly bitter oranges. Banana is back. The whole is flexible and greedy.
    • Finish
      Finale: Bitter orange, cinchona. Decoction with plants. It's an interesting transition.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Such is the sherry influence, this Initially smells like the previous Balblair, but soon we are in to more Balblair/Highland territory as the fruits on peaches & pears unravel.
    T: Thats the job! Develops on dark putty-malt and oak cereals, working together in tandem.
    F: Lots of porridge, Shreddies and putty at the finish.
    C: I like this one more than the previous. [Blog]

    Scores a B[-]


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