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Overall rating
91.30/100
votes
25
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Pure Highland Malt
Bottled
1975
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
100 Proof
Added on
12 Jul 2009 5:00 pm

Average value

€ 476.70

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Whisky Reviews for Balblair 10-year-old GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.30 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/old-rare-2020-a-balblair-affair/

    N: You could not concoct this in the finest lab or kitchen in a thousand years. With some OBE, we begin with that familiar chocolatey maltiness seen in many an old bottle, regardless of distillery. Changes in the glass are rapid. Compared to the previous two, this Balblair speaks of peat and notes more akin to the garage than the garden – oils, soot, treated and un-treated woods, varnishes, paints certainly, solutions, white spirit, turpentine,… I grab my Nocino [WA], now a shelf staple. There IS something of a walnut vibe here, not fusty yet earthy and with dried figs for certain. This is decidedly tincture-y also, though not rootsy enough for valerian, more a Neal’s Yard tincture mix – say echinacea, elderberry and olive leaf – and with a savoury miso-y gravy edge, dried sage, wine gums,…. I can’t imagine how this will play out on the palate?,….

    T: ,…. Desirably is what! The palate again talks of a tincture-y, earthy, savoury~sweet concentrated chew with some fruity/herbal bitterness and savoury liqueurs. This earthy liquid oakiness is more rootsy than on the nose. Whilst sometimes sweeter, sometimes it’s the savoury earthy bitterness that is brought to the fore. Fascinating development.

    F: A very long complex compote finish with a distinct gravy-dry mouthfeel at the roof of the mouth [corn starch-dry], but this is alongside all manner of savoury-bitter-sweet complexities already previously suggested including the miso berry-fruit rootsy tincture-y medicinal ‘jus’ with dried herbal melted wine gums – what the?!? Sweet and grassy at the death.

    C: Sensational whisky! Less emotion-provoking than the official 35yo, more intellectually moreish [on the day]. I’d imagine every bottle will vary. Add a case to my desert island order.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted it together with the 10y 57% GM. Great stuff really. Beautiful sherry.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Delicious. It's a blockbuster of a whisky: powerful, dark and rather bitter. Everything fits together perfectly though, that's what makes this a great whisky. 
    • Nose
      Intense, powerful and complex. There is wet soil, pine needle, dunnage warehouse, old leather, prune, raisin, orange juice, tobacco, liquorice root, bitter chocolate, moist wood and a wee note of smoke and eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and slightly hot and bitter without water. With water, it's much better. The palate stays rather dark, with prune, raisin and dark cherry, dark chocolate, leather, a puff of smoke, liquorice root, moist oak, some fresh and bitter note of orange zest and bitter but warming spices. 
    • Finish
      Long, warming and rather bitter (but pleasantly). The spices and dark chocolate dominate, followed by earthy notes, smoke and some dried dark fruit. 

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A lot of flavours and layers in this one. It is quite complex even though it is only 10 years old. This all together makes it a very interesting whisky. It really needs a few drops of water, this improves the whisky significantly. It becomes more friendly. 
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate and raisins. Leather, shoe polish and linoleum, but all in a good way. Very heavy nutmeg. A bit of freshness from lemon and orange. When you add water it becomes more fruity, and then mainly dark fruits. The nutmeg is now less intense, there is some cinnamon in the background and it is sweeter than before, honey and ginger. Also some oak and wax.
    • Taste
      The nutmeg is back, dark and bitter chocolate, a feint hint of lemon. Then mocha and coffee beans, it’s quite bitter. When adding water: Herbals and Earl Grey tea appear, then cherries.
    • Finish
      This is a very long finish with hints of nutmeg, cacao and with water honey too.

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