- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Flora & Fauna
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 08 Aug 2019 10:59 pm by lonespirit
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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 12-year-old
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.88 points
- The nose begins pleasant with a traditional bourbon cask notes, but after a few minutes begins to detract with unsubtle components including intense oak and spice.
Apricot, pineapple, apple peel, polish, bee wax, mint, tropical fruits, honey, fudge & lime zest.
Spice, herbs, pepper and oak.
Long finish with bursts of spice and mixed in-between strong bitter oakiness, considering the age.
- Interesting malt, after the first smell there was a bit of euphoria! Very nice aroma, full, balanced and 'ripe'. With the 43% increasingly holding back, but really nice! But then unfortunately the taste flattens out. So couldn't completely convince me. A real shame! But overall solid.
Great voluminous malty-sweet and fruity nose. Then quickly turns into some dry grain and rather boiled-down fruit notes. Apple compote and some plum. Delicate dry spices like a hint of cinnamon complement each other with light caramel and baked apple. After a while, some dusty wood and minimal dry herbs will come through. Then becomes a bit more one-dimensional and more reserved, the initial volume breaks down into a wonderful lightness and balance. The fruits get a little fresher, some citrus and a touch of chocolate join them. I like it very much.
Relatively smooth and slightly oily texture with a hint of spiciness. The tongue is covered with a slight tingling, but negligibly due to the 43%. The fruits come through a bit again, this time a bit drier. A pleasant wood note joins it. A little chocolate comes through, a slight subliminal caramel sweetness is accompanied by a hint of tart citrus notes. Somehow seems older than he is, but he definitely lacks a bit of expressiveness. Looks a bit too one-dimensional.
Rather dry, spicy finish with a hint of tart herbs. A really minimal bitterness complements the whole thing quite nicely. The fruits come through again a bit, dry, tart and slightly sweet. Overall, however, rather unspectacular and again very one-sided. Doesn't linger very long either.
Raspberry candy, toffee, vanilla, eucalyptus, petroleum, caramel
Timid sweet development of taste, becoming full-bodied
Getting drier with a delicate smokiness
- N: vanilla, salt, green apple, citrus, dry, oak, caramel, nicely balanced after adding water: wax, sweetness, honey, sweet fruit, vanilla, apple
S: oak, salt, pepper, bitter, dry, spices
F: vanilla, oak, cocoa
- Glass: a hoop
20 minutes to breathe.
Aromatics: wax polish for furniture, dried fruits from apples and apricot, oak, citric acid and bitter crust ...
Taste: whisky in the standard perception of the layman - nothing special, watery, the predominance of dried fruits and woody notes
Finish: mediocre with wood / oak bitterness ...