Blair Athol 2011 - 2021, 10 years, "Strawberry Fields". 50% alc. Bottler: Uncharted Whisky. Aging: Batch of three red wine barrels (full maturation)
Nose: Exciting, a mixture of red currants, strawberries and vanilla sauce, with relatively clear malt aromas and a little rhubarb. White chocolate, leafy green and pepper remain in the background. All in all, a very fresh and pleasantly summery appearance.
Palate: Starts very creamy and sweet, resembles the first impression of the nose, but then builds powerfully, almost stormy. Lots of pepper, dry oak, some cinnamon and ginger, chocolate with dried chili. The green of the leaves is also back, but rather dry and reminiscent of hay.
Finish: Short to medium length, warming and spicy. Lots of oak, some caramel and cinnamon, some black pepper.
Conclusion: For 10 years in the red wine cask, this Blair Athol is quite light, you can see what other bottlers do with their casks to inject a bright dark color into the whisky in a few months. This one has drawn a lot of aroma from the wood over the ten years, but the hotter spices and pepper are a challenge, definitely an exciting barrel aging. 84/100 points (2022)