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Overall rating
88.62/100
votes
24
Whiskybase ID
WB110433
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Edition Spirits (ED)
Bottling serie
The First Editions
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
HL 14656
Number of bottles
234
Strength
57.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 Apr 2018 11:22 am by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 215.00

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1995 ED

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.62 points

  1. karloff scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    This is absolutely superb. Up there with the very best sherry bombs I have ever tasted. This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger and I envy him having a full bottle.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First try I would swear this almost has a bourbon nose. Lovely and sweet red current with a mix of black current. Summer fruit pudding straight out of the oven. Old wood and old leather furniture. Toffee apple and cherry cola.
    • Taste
      95 95
      This is superb stuff. The quality just shines through immediately. I get a taste of liquorice amongst the red fruit mix. Ripe peach and cherry flavoured boiled sweet. A couple of drops of water just softens the blow and leaves a great mouthfeel as you chew it. It goes down with great ease.
    • Finish
      94 94
      A very long finish and the mouth remains coated. It just sits there nicely and keeps those flavours coming.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] I had a very nice sherried 1995 Blair Athol last year (WB id 78054) that offered incredible delicious chocolatey notes so we finished the whole bottle in one night. And now I am curious if this sister cask shows a comparable quaffable profile after two more years of maturation…

    ...and indeed it does! This time the chocolatey flavours are more subtle and not that powerful as with the 20-years old that makes up a different profile but even quaffable (call it better balanced or less spiked) dram. It is a very delicious modern sherry style with no flaws except a minor match-boxy (sulphurous) note which is not annoying. People that are not sensitive to sulphur might (most probably) not recognise this at all...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is mahogany and the nose of the neat dram is very shy first (57.7% abv) and needs quite some minutes to open up. After that it offers a fine modern style sherry profile that is not very bold but incredible balanced on all the delicious sherry aromas and appropriate wooden notes. Water does a great deal to open up the nose and releases much more aromas, actually it is essential on this dram. But now I detect the minor sulphurous aromas in the nose, too.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is layered on the different sherry-induced flavours (chocolate-fresh fruits-dried fruits-nuts-leather) and wooden notes (spices, tannins) that all are in great harmony and balance, I really like that! There is a minor match-boxy sulphurous note too but I guess most drinkers will not detect this at all - and it is not annoying (you know, I am very sensitive to sulphur, usually). The malt-driven flavours are the last to pop up (sugars, flowers, honeys) but they are present at least (what is great, so the Blair Athol is still detectable). After some reduction the dram gets smoother and even more quaffable - I like to drink it both neat and reduced to about 50% abv. A further dilution turns it out of balance as the chocolatey flavours now dominate both taste and finish (but if you like chocolate, try it!).
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with just a minor peppery feeling despite the high proof, a very fine mouthfeel, indeed. No distracting bitter or astringent moments at all. The finish is long and gets even more chocolatey until it vanishes, finally. Again no distracting feelings at all, this one was bottled at exactly the right age.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Remarkably much in common with the exellent 25YO distillery exclusive cask offered on their De-Luxe tour.
    Edit: After the bottle have been sitting 1/2 for about 1 month I have notched down the score 2 points. It has rapidly oxidised, lost a bit of it's "vibrancy" and become a little astringent on the finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Mmmm, the deep mature sherry note is really suiting the Blair Athol profile.
      Not your typical sherry bomb, it's more refined, aged without getting overly woody.
      At 57,7% it is really gentle on the nose.
      Sweet, rich, fruity with darker undertones of light dry tobacco.
      Freshly poured there are some whafts of ripe red berries, rasberries and strawberries, that after some time in the glass turn more towards bubble gum and jelly beans.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Succulent, rich, creamy full body.
      Delicious sweet sherry notes. Dark sticky chocolate cream.
      Neat it is a little spicy and very lightly drying, but the alc is really gentle.
      And it takes water very well without falling apart. It just notches everything down a bit, the fruit gets crisper, lighter, but takes over for some of the darker flavours, still it remains rich and full bodied.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, sweet, sticky, gentle spicy warmth with a tiny bitter twist before a pure sweet blue grape juice death.

  4. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A treat of noble splendor.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Beautifully set notes, light to red fruit sherry flavors, the Brennereicharakter has been preserved. Honey, a pinch of pepper.
    • Taste
      93 93
      At first balanced and fruity sweet, quickly developed a full-bodied, complex variety of flavors, which can best be mapped with water and honey melon and edelbitterer Pfeffrigkeit.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The watermelon and red fruits accompany for a long time the subtle bitterness and slightly peppery notes. Much fruit.

  5. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Again a great mature Blair Athol.
    • Nose
      Dried fruits. Tobacco. Leather. Ripe sherry notes.
    • Taste
      Creamy and mild. Ripe and sweet. Fruity dark. Toasty aromas.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet.

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