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Blair Athol 30-year-old Sb

Overall rating
89.47/100
votes
21
Whiskybase ID
WB141718
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
The Clans Label
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
220
Strength
46.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4260274392263
Added on
31 Oct 2019 3:00 pm by Lech Lomond
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 326.71

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 30-year-old Sb

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Blair Athol is one of these distilleries that own a unique and somewhat special profile which might not be to everyone's liking...

    ...but to mine. This is an excellent maturation of the unique Blair Athol malt without off-notes or flaws - instead there are of lot of interesting details to discover. If you approach Blair Athol for the first time simply expect the unexpected and you will not be disappointed (most probably) which might happen if you look for a certain common profile (e.g., fruity or floral).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers this unique herbal-nutty-spicy profile Blair Athol is (in)famous for. I really like it because it offers many interesting aromas one hardly finds in other drams. I find a lot of different nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts), herbs (e.g., camphor, thyme) and spices (e.g., peppers, nutmeg, ginger). This turns the nose more to the bitter side but this is an interesting and pleasant bitterness enriched with waxes, shy fruits and honeys and more. Very different to the modern "zeitgeist" which drives most drams to a uniform wood- or wine-driven profile.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is centred around an impressive waxiness which is delicious according to my taste buds. The nuts, herbs and spices are joined by barley sugars and ripe fruits on the palate, after some chewing vegetable oils, leathery notes and earthy impressions pop up. This is really interesting and again a rather unusual profile which is very quaffable to me (because of its uniqueness).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds a lot more spices (white pepper, chili) what I like. Again there are no bitter or astringent moments from the wood, this was bottled at the right time. Water releases more waxy and oily aromas in the nose (machine oils) and turns the taste sweeter with stronger barley sugars and fruits, I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice barrel. The oak is palpable, but the whisky doesn't seem "woody" anywhere. I also like the low strength. Everything looks dense and concentrated, with an oily texture, ripe fruits, roasted aromas, plenty of barrel spice and delicate, age-related waxiness. Almost too drinkable for the price ...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Darn good '88 athol.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Starts of with pepper, honey, dill, mint, and a tad bit of hay. It continues on with cilantro, thyme and Rosemary. Generally a herbal whisky, with the typical Blair athol vegetation. It's not overly bright and green but it works well in balance with the sweet nectarine and peach. There's some hints of goats milk and malted fermented milk.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet at first but moves in to a tad bitterness, there's honey, sage, shisho leaf, some bit of oiliness from fish oil. Absolutely delicious, like chewing hazelnut.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The bitterness is more prominent here, whereby overly fermented barley with a tinge of paprika is found. Short finishing, not too great on this point.

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