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Blair Athol Distillery Exclusive Bottling

Overall rating
85.00/100
votes
50
Whiskybase ID
WB110997
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2017
Number of bottles
4500
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7261DQ001
Barcode
5000281049854
Added on
16 Apr 2018 9:01 pm by Thixotrop

Average value

€ 159.00

7 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

132 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol Distillery Exclusive Bottling

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] After two very disappointing "distillery only" special releases from Diageo (Oban and Glen Ord) that I scored both below 80 points I am curious if this Blair Athol can somewhat re-establish the good old image of this series…

    ...and indeed it can, at least to a certain degree. It is an unspectacular but pretty nice dram that is both interesting to explore and very quaffable to drink. But take your time: Let it breathe for a while and chew it for some minutes (before swallowing) - this is good for some additional 4-5 points in my score book. A special release that carries its name with pride! ...and may all the Diageo managers that are responsible for the sub-standard Oban and Glen Ord special releases be obliged to deliver a comparable quality next time).

    PS: This release is for connoisseurs that prefer delicate and balanced drams - if you look out for bold and impressive ones go for the 12-years standard edition instead.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose offers a light and subtle sherry-influenced profile with the malt characteristics of the Blair Athol clearly shining through. It is not as bold and impressive as the 12-years Flora & Fauna but it is delicate and without any off-note (no sulphur, I did not hope to experience this in such a large batch ever again). Water releases some additional (fine) herbal and chalky /mineral as well as oily aromas that I really like.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste shows a light sherry and malty flavours profile that is well integrated and balanced. It is not impressive but very quaffable (that is what my taste buds tell me, finally). No flaws that I can find (certainly no sulphur, hooray!) and after some chewing a whole bunch of prior hidden aromas pops up what is really nice. Actually, give this dram some time in your mouth and it will reward you with probably twice the amount (or even more) of delicate flavours. There are some fine additional chocolatey notes, subtle herbs and spices and even more fruits. Hey, the longer I chew this dram the more I like it! After some reduction the taste offers a strong and interesting new liquorice and some nutty (almonds) flavours - this is really worth a try. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The whisky arrives warming but not very much coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling. The finish is of medium length and adds fine chocolatey and spicy flavours to the taste that are really delicious in this mix. No distracting bitter or astringent moments at all (like the Oban or Glen Ord owned in abundance), it is just a little too short to be of the same quality as is the taste.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The nose is quite good, the first impression in the mouth was also good, but over time has changed too much towards wood, the Abganfg is not mine unfortunately. I only had one sample here, a big bottle does not have to be here.
    • Nose
      The first impression is sweet, honey, vanilla, candied peach, slightly floral, a brief hint of sulfur, it remains slightly dirty, despite the lack of age, he does not seem to have come too young in the bottle, he brings along a noticeable oak flavor After having breathed something, I now have raspberry, such as a shower stick, some damp tobacco and now also mint, the nose suffers at first slightly under the still existing influence of the departure
    • Taste
      Oily, the sweet peach comes directly, the sweetness is stronger, but also the oak grows, woody, dry oak, with nut, the second sip is slightly larger, the whisky has volume in the sense that it fills the mouth with flavors, The drinking strength is well chosen, the initial interplay between sweet peach and spicy dry oak is quite interesting, but not easy drinking for me, towards the end of the dram, the woodiness is always dominant earlier
    • Finish
      I do not like the finish, quite harsh, as if you had bitten grape seeds

  3. Steven79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. P.K.S scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    amazing smooth fruti complex full bodied highly recomendebul it's a lovely one!

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 21 20 21 83

    It’s good and drinkable, but if you drink at the location, it will probably be very good)

  6. M134481 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wood, citrus, grassy, chocolate
    • Taste
      Wood, chocolate, grassy, citrus fruits
    • Finish
      Wood, chocolate, grassy, citrus,
      longer finish

  7. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. hettrum scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. c02pon scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Prefer the normal 12yo, especially at this price
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

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