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08 May 2012

Balblair 1973 (G&M Centenary Reserve)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Balblair

This Balblair 1973 was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Centenary Reserve, a series launched to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

 

Balblair 1973 G&M Centenary ReserveBalblair 1973
(40%, G&M Centenary Reserve 1995)

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. Mouth: 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.

Nicely old-style Balblair. Around € 150-200 depending on who you’re buying from. Now let’s match this with some modern Balblair at the distillery.

Score: 87/100

Balblair 1973 (G&M Centenary Reserve) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-05-08

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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