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Overall rating
88.83/100
votes
47
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Centenary Reserve
Vintage
1973
Bottled
1995
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
IE/ABB
Added on
30 May 2009 5:08 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 378.23

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47 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balblair 1973 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.83 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice sherry integration and balance, the nose is the best part would have been so much more enjoyable at a higher abv

  2. Calmar did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Good sherry whisky, differs from the sherry mainstream by leaving in coffee-chocolate shades, moderately sweet, tart, well-balanced, spicy.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, pre-foliage, herbarium, old furniture, raisins, kvasnoe wort, dried fruits, dust dried apricots, honey, mineral shades, stone crumbs, lemon candied fruits, burnt caramel.
    • Taste
      Saturated, oily, oak, bitter-sweet notes, bark, creamy confectionery shades, burnt biscuits, ginger, dried fruits, citrus fruits, roasted nuts, cappuccino.
    • Finish
      Spicy, oily, warming, lemon slice in tea, creamy-oily hues, coffee with condensed milk, bitter chocolate, burnt biscuits.

  3. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose was great, the mouth would have been better at higher ABV but was very enjoyable. A very fine old Balblair.Initially blind tasted and then retasted. August 2016.
    • Nose
      Waxy and fruity nose. Apricot, banana. Varnish. Chocolate too.
    • Taste
      Warm. Honey, caramel, milk chocolate, orange. Some wood.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Fruits and spices on the background.

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really excellent, the mouth, more wooded, is still a little below but remains of good level. What could it be ? No idea but I like
    • Nose
      Phew. Well fruity (orange juice and blood orange, marmalade, apricot jam) and elegant old sherry: tobacco, plum, resin, leather and old wood. Very classy and relatively powerful. Yum, I love it.
    • Taste
      In continuity but more finesse and a little more shy, less punch. Many sweet spices, orange juice. It is at the same time sweet and well-wooded. Clove.
    • Finish
      Long but light enough. No more bitterness, bitter chocolate.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in blind. It's really super. I just love it. 43 or 43 °. I'll go for a Tomatin. 92/100
    • Nose
      Very lemony nose at first sight. Round and well balanced. We follow on apple, orange. Then mint wakes up. The roundness turns into freshness over the minutes. Then the exotic comes as a bomb. Then finally a little vanilla and a slight smell of cognac. A changing and complex nose. Magnificent. It smells like killing.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the fruit does not betray. A bit of strawberry more? A real fruit salad. I put the nose in, I now have a hint of smoke, which starts immediately.
    • Finish
      Final a little vinous and always fruity. A bit of nuts added (almonds). Not far from a final of old cognac. A touch of ginger to lift the whole thing.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Floral custard apples and orange scented candles with strong, oily, fruity [apricot] tincture/marmalade notes up front. Also: moss, suede, aromatic joss sticks, lime, ginger and carrot cake [sultanas] with caramel icing, succulent pineapples, rose water and honey [baclava glaze vibe without the nuts]… a damn fine nose.
    T: Charmingly relaxed arrival offering sweet cereal fruits first turning jammy straight after. Exquisite and broad mouthfeel despite its minimal 40% abv. Lots of sweet apple tannins reside. Quite oily and jammy with a mouthful that grows on you. Estery/tannic apple notes are abound along with a light milky hot chocolate.
    F: The wood presence softens everything,turning to eucalyptus snow pears. Drying, sweet and tannic. Old oak glistens best at the death along with a mild turmeric laced curry and soap note.
    C: Wonderful stuff.

    Scores a B+

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I think this would be a stunning whisky at cask
    strength. What a nose! This will set you back 250 EUR if you still want to get
    hold of a bottle, though.
    • Nose
      That is confirmed immediately on the nose. Pretty waxy
      and fruity with sultanas, candied oranges, apricots and grilled pineapple.
      Cedar wood. Brown banana. Milk chocolate candies filled wiht liqueur. Hints of
      coffee. Crème au beurre. Pistachio nuts. Wonderful.
    • Taste
      The attack is rather weak qua mouth feel, but not qua
      taste. Honey, oranges, toffee, coffee, some caramel and a pinch of salt. Quite
      complex. Midpalate, the oak starts to speak, but it all remains quite fruity.
    • Finish
      In the medium long and spicy finish, it becomes fairly
      dry.

  9. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nicely old-style Balblair.
    • Nose
      Excellent nose with big fruity notes. Plenty of oranges and dried apricots. Some yellow raisins. Cinnamon and cocoa. Waxed furniture and old oil paintings. Hints of cigar boxes. Subtle sherry in this one, very refined and lots of character despite the lowered strength.
    • Taste
      Nice but not too punchy. Again some oranges with a dash of honey and a caramel sweetness. Becomes fairly dry in the end, with oak getting the upper hand.
    • Finish
      Quite dry but long with lingering fruits and soft herbs.

       

  10. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A special bottling of Balblair from the 1973 vintage, released by Gordon

    & Macphail in 1995 as part of the celebrations for their centenary."
    TWE

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