Balblair 1986
Gordon & MacPhail for Whisky Show Old & Rare

70cl / 49.5%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Gordon & MacPhail
Balblair 1986 / Gordon & MacPhail for Whisky Show Old & Rare
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A special release of 30-year-old Balblair 1986, selected by us and bottled for the inaugural Whisky Show: Old & Rare, which took place in Glasgow in February 2017. And old-fashioned dram, with endless complexity and strong distillery character.

Gordon & MacPhail
Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
30 Year Old
Bottling Date
January 2017
No of Bottles
Cask Type
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Cask Number
Chill Filtered


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Clove Clove
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Banana Banana
  • Biscuits Biscuits
  • Resin Resin

Balblair 1986 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)

    Nose: Waxed lemons and spiced sponge-cake batter lead the nose – an in-progress lemon-drizzle cake. Sweet honeysuckle and barley sugar follow, with dried banana and rolled oats. Sweetness builds: porridge with a drizzle of golden syrup, hints of spicy wood resin and sweet wax polish. After a few minutes in the glass, more citrus develops: flamed orange zest.

    Palate: Juicy and sweet at first, with freshly squeezed oranges and lemons covered in butter icing. Spice and resinous notes build, balancing the sweetness, and lemon zest is backed up by Hobnob biscuits and Stroopwaffel. Spice builds towards the end: liquorice root, clove and hot cinnamon.

    Finish: The spice lingers, and poached lemons, damp oak and spiced cookie dough develop. As things fade, the oak and lemon remain.

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