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Overall rating
88.91/100
votes
48
Whiskybase ID
WB10503
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Mackillop's Choice (McC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Cask Strength
Vintage
22.02.1979
Bottled
10.1999
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Casknumber
2006
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 Aug 2009 2:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 333.75

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1979 McC

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2021] Some time ago I had an excellent 21-years old sherried Blair Athol (WB id 8677) of almost the identical cask strength so I could not resist to buy this bottle for 300 Eurobucks and check if this is of a comparable high quality...

    ...and actually, it is not mostly because the nose is somewhat imbalanced with way too many wooden notes which kill the more subtle malt aromas completely. But the taste and finish is excellent, so skip nosing and enjoy this dram right away. By the way, the neat dram is very powerful (I like it this way) but if it is too strong add a big splash of water to reduce it to 43% abv or even lower as any intermediate reduction does not really work. At 43% it turns very quaffable (unfortunately, the nose does not improve on reduction).
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is very dark at burnt umber and the nose offers an impressive old sherry profile with significant wooden notes. Both the sherry and the wood have almost killed the malt, after some breathing it seems as if some shy malt flavours have survived but this could be a fata morgana too. Surely, this dram requires quite some time to fully enfold (like many sherry monsters) but it is not on eye-level with the fantastic 21-year old (Moon car series). Sherry heads will love this, no doubt but I miss my beloved malt impressions with this nose.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is much better balanced with still some surviving malt flavours in an adorable old-style sherry setting. The woods are not as powerful as I feared from the nose, actually they are just about right to counter the enormous sweetness of both the malt and wine. The sherry profile itself is excellent with all the delicious (old) wine-induced flavours present which combine with the malt to excellent impressions of dark chocolate over time. The raisins and figs are superior in this mix, and the herbs and spices of the wood add to a complex profile. Hey, I like that much better than the nose! This is extremely quaffable (and chewable).
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is massive on strong alcohols with significant borderline tannins. Luckily, it never gets unpleasant and after some sips my taste buds adapted to this powerful arrival. The finish is long and adds more bitter herbal-tobacco impressions while the sweet flavours retreat somewhat. This is not a bad thing as the taste was very sweet and this modest bitterness is very welcome to balance the overall impression. Actually, I like this bitter-sweet interplay of taste and finish because it makes the dram much more interesting as if the profile stays the same all the time. A little water does not change a lot and a bigger splash turns both nose and taste even more punchier (hence less attractive). Even a further reduction does not really improve the nose (just a little bit, not worth to bother with) but the taste gets much more approachable now (nonetheless less interesting). I strongly suggest to explore this dram neat first and once this is done it could be reduced to about 43% abv for easy quaffing. Personally, I prefer the neat dram and skip the nosing.

  2. P-J Bross scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This is one of the whisky s that makes me a whisky lover , freak , collector of good stuff !
    Thans to Gustaaf De Bolle !

  3. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    cool, but not perfect
    • Nose
      Black radish juice, leather, raisins, sweet and sour, floral, mocha,
    • Taste
      sharp start with sweet heat Raisins and sherry in leather bag Flowers in the arm a sultry night the asphalt is still hot after the sweet kiss a hot mocha
    • Finish
      a tough memory so much heat and sweetness Your tongue sticks to the palate Your saliva flows in the throat You think of Paxarette

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    That's too much for me, really dry, fleshy sherry, already kind of cool, but only for certain audiences ...
    • Nose
      Dark caraway, brown bread, old, dried leather, pure licorice, nutmeg, black pepper, some lovage, black tea and some grated coffee beans, dark chocolate, very dark and closed
    • Taste
      Straight dark caraway and pumpernickel, dark, sticky sweetness, rum raisins in a stew and with roast, beef fillet, wow what a force in the mouth, leather, mocha, dark chocolate and liquorice
    • Finish
      Dry, bitter, sweetish, mocha, grated coffee beans, nutmeg, licorice and dark malt, old chest of drawers, medium to long

  6. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the Henri Loves the 70's-tasting WCY it really needs a drop of water!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Apart from the rather shy nose, this is a stellar dram with an amazing long finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

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