Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. Set in open moorland south of the town, in the foothills of the Grampian mountains, Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s, mellow quality and smooth finish.
A very fetching dark golden colour on this 12-year-old Blair Athol 2008 from Adelphi, thanks to maturation in a first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. Bottled from a single cask 311135 in 2021 at its natural cask strength of 56.5%, with an outturn of 301 bottles worldwide.
Nose: This opens with chocolate coated raisins, milk, and dried figs. In the background, notes of vanilla ice cream and caramel filled chocolates.
Palate: On the palate there’s rum and raisin ice cream, mocha, and plenty of sherry influence. Nice and viscous on the palate, the alcohol is integrated nicely. On the back palate some of the sweetness is overtaken by bitter wood notes, although not in a bad way.
Finish: The finish is long with deep, rich mouth coating flavours.
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