Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Murray McDavid (MM)
Bottling serie
Benchmark - Limited Release
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Oloroso Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 apr 2021 10:43 pm by Fat Bastard!

Average value

€ 89.03

2 × in wishlist

9 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Blair Athol 2008 MM

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.00 points.

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blair Athol from the distillery in Pitlochry in the Cairngorm Mountains is a classic Highland malt that is widely available from independent bottlers and otherwise disappears into the blends of the Diageo brands, especially Bell's.

    This 12 year old bottling from Murry McDavid finishes in 1st fill Oloroso casks for 20 months after an initial bourbon hogshead maturation. The color is natural whisky gold, honest barrels were probably used here and not the syrup barrels with which other bottlers pimp their very young whiskys. The batch comprises 4 casks and yielded 1506 bottles, is not chill-filtered and not coloured. That's the way it should be.

    • Nose
      Nutty notes, ground almonds, light spices, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. There is also some fruit in the background, a few orange peels. All this is very reserved, but has its charm. Somehow it corresponds to what you can expect from a 12 year old whisky. It's not a miraculous ripening - and that's a good thing.
    • Taste
      The taste of the alcohol is despite the 'only' 46% vol. clearly, so the barrels have worked rather cautiously. This gives the whisky a slightly scratchy wildness, which is softened with a little hazelnut liqueur. The whisky is not sweet, vanilla from the bourbon maturation is rather weak. The fruit tends towards concentrated peach juice, but also remains reserved.
    • Finish
      A few notes of wood flash in the aftertaste and some nut also remains on the palate. Not spectacular, but then sustainable and pleasant. Is there maybe a crumb of marzipan as well?

      Overall a nice 12 year old whisky that is easy to drink and has retained some roughness. That fits quite well in the Highlands near Pitlochry. In mid-2022, whisky will cost €77 in Germany, which is also an announcement for a 12-year-old. It's tasty but too expensive. It shouldn't cost more than €50-60.

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Although the sherry notes are evident, it is more like a darker and heavier influence, bringing a lot of cigar tobacco, which is for me the core of this whisky. Making it very interesting either, since I do not associate this kind of aroma and flavor with Blair Athol. Very pleasant experience.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity, ripe apples, some whiffs of cigar tobacco, plums. Something vegetal, but this tobacco scent keeps hanging around. Even a touch of woodsmoke far away.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Initially pretty smooth, then some sparkle. Red fruits, plums, and again some hints of cigar tobacco. Also a touch of bitterness, and dark berries.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite some power now, cigar tobacco, a bitter touch again, and some plums and berries. Middle long. Later on it slides away pretty smooth.


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