...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).
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.
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).
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.