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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 2009 SMWS 68.16
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.78 points
The colour of this one, says Charles, indicates EU sherry. It is in fact from a re-charred hogshead which raises some murmurs. Big beads that quickly dissipate indicate a high strength whisky, though given we are at the SMWS, this isn’t a revelation.
N: Clearly high strength, bringing a fiery wine-sweetness with soy sauce-laced cereals and sewing machine oil. Opening out with water, there are hints of fermenting tomatoes, toffee and fudge. A few people around me started picking up strong notes of sweet pickle. Given it was a boiling hot evening in the middle of this year’s glorious heatwave, I pointed out the meats, cheeses and [in particular], strong sweet pickles festering in the middle of every small table. I really do despise food around whisky. It makes a mockery of the process.
T: Even with 50/50 water, this is still really pokey, ungainly and unwelcoming. Note-wise, I picked out runny toffee, bitter herbs and spices, but by now my interest was waining.
F: Metallic, spirity and astringent to the last with a touch of shampoo in the mix, to conclude another less that satisfying malt moment. There’s not much of a marriage as far as I can tell.
C: “Pokey” says Charles. “You chose it” cries one member.
Scores a C[+]
- https://www.smws.com/whisky/pleasingly-precocious Issue Price (July 2018): £ 50.00
- SMWS tasting notes: A pleasingly precocious dram – deep copper gold to the eye and a joy to sniff – rich tiffin, fruit cake, Crunchie bars, orange zest, Jaffa cakes and polished furniture. The palate has some peppery spice, but is mainly mellifluously sweet – dark caramel, rum and raisin fudge and Anton Berg luxurious chocolates. Water opens up the nose to sanded wood, compressed dried dates, coffee and lemon drizzle cake – and it sweetens the palate (dark honey, toasted coconut, booze-soaked sultanas) though now you can also find hints of oak and teasingly numbing spice (nutmeg, clove) – a fabulous dram for the age.