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Blair Athol 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.38/100
votes
26
Whiskybase ID
WB182989
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1099CM009
Barcode
5000281067582
Added on
06 May 2021 7:21 pm by Knie

Average value

€ 54.89

8 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

105 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 12-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.38 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    oaky, waxy, some cooked fruit and yeast, moldy
    fine herbs then cooked and candied fruit on a sherry note, a little caramel, rosemary honey and very sweet coffee
    return of fruit on the delicate candied strawberry
    mouth:
    pleasant!
    soft, sweet, malty, candied fruits on cooked cherries, black grape juice, strawberries still in jam, the sweet side emerges with the fruits, it's really sweet, the wood seems to be impregnated and gives more character to this dram, caramel and sweet almond in return
    final:
    woody, sherry and malty, remarkable simplicity despite just 43 °, peppery spices manage to give more consistency and give a surprising finish

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Out of curiosity I do a sampling of all new Diageo "Flora & Fauna" series releases. The first eight drams (Auchroisk, Teaninich, Mannochmore, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Linkwood, Strathmill) were all sub-standard and not worth the money (according to my taste buds only) so I wonder if I will find any dram which is of an adequate quality this year...

    ...and this Blair Athol is drinkable but not really enjoyable with a limited profile of exhausted casks (both bourbon and sherry). It is better than most other "Flora & Fauna" releases so far but still I call this a sub-standard quality (in my honest opinion).
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers some aromas, hooray! Still this is not impressive or interesting, but there is a nose at least. Some distant whiffs remind me of (leached) sherry casks and there are hints of honeys and spices. Not enjoyable, though.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is a little punchy (alcoholic) with sweet (sugars, honeys) and sour-winey flavours. The wood adds some bitter tannins but no spices which indicates exhausted casks again. Because of the winey flavours this taste is okay to drink but it is miles away from a good sherry maturation. It seems as if Diageo disposes its sub-standard casks in the "Flora & Fauna" series...
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is limited with some warming and slightly coating moments, that is it. The finish is short and adds no new impressions, like all the other releases so far. Water just flattens everything without releasing new impressions.

  3. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet; Berry; Honey; Plum; some sherry
    • Taste
      Sweet; Honey; Berry; sugary; mild; the alcohol is well integrated; drinkable; Sherry, oak
    • Finish
      The sweetness remains; mild; Oak; Sherry; medium length

  4. butt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Hagerboe scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Menko scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not overly complex, but very well balanced.
    Grapes, oak, biscuits, caramel, peach.
    Reminds me of a Brackla 16.
    I'am struggling which one I like best.
    But I can buy 2 of these for 1 Brackla 16....
    Good value for money!

  7. Candy62 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Very good and surprisingly balanced malt whisky.
    Nose: malt, berries, honey, plum, soft ripe sherry
    Palate: malt, sherry, honey, berries and dark sugars
    Very balaced in taste, a spoonful of water opens and reveals the flavours. A new friend of mine.

  8. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Following the profile of the previous releases- intense dram, quite peppery

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