The malt really needs patience. But then it knows how to please with a great tobacco and sweet nougat note on the nose. The taste is also fruity and still tobacco-oriented. Delicious. With water, the tobacco aromas decrease in both smell and taste, but it becomes sweeter and more balanced. All in all a very nice example of a successful red wine barrel matured malt.
The color of Blair Athol is, probably due to the red wine barrel, a beautiful gold with a slight red cast. Without water, the alcohol content of 56.6% is noticeable in the nose by a slight stinging. Otherwise, he is rather cautious at the beginning. You need a little patience for the flavors to develop. Then red and dark berries such as blackberries and blueberries appear. Tobacco leaves begin to caress the fruity berry notes. All of these flavors are carried by a nice caramel sweetness. With more time in the glass, the tobacco increases and is combined with nuts. The caramel turns into nougat.
Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Very sweet, fruity start. The great tobacco notes are also immediately present. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the mouth, very well integrated. Along with the tobacco aromas, spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon come to the fore. Slightly tangy towards the finish - the oak could peek out a bit. The malt becomes significantly sweeter with water.
Here you can still taste the tobacco leaves first. The oak only becomes noticeable towards the end with a pleasant bitter nuance. At the very end it becomes slightly astringent and the sweet fruitiness comes back through the berry taste.