Blair Athol 1986 AD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
52.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 aug 2011 2:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 374.50

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32 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Blair Athol 1986 AD

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.72 points.

  1. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite unique & interesting, especially seeing it`s not an 80s Bowmore...

    Transferring previous Note (2011.12.21) content into a Tasting Note
    • Nose
      walnuts, raw
      waffle dough, old grandma`s clothes (mothballs, synthetic 70s fibers,
      cotton & perfume), quite a wet feel to the nose. The perfume bits
      become more organic & fruity after a bit - red apples &
      blueberry ester, distant parma mints, lilac flowers, also some cereal
      notes. Is there a touch of smoke as well...? Quite good, but not really a
      profile for my liking (84)
    • Taste
      quite a bowmore-violet-y feel to it. Reminds me of the old Bowmore
      Voyage with it`s upfront perfume/parma-mints note, minus the port/wine
      influence. Sweet, syrupy feel, candyshop, pleasant despite the
      artificial sweet notes, alcohol very well  integrated (86)
    • Finish
      artificial blueberries, malty sweetness , a bit of wood, vanilla &
      some spices plus more blueberry & red apple esters. (87)

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  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    well developed in its sherry cask, green herbs, mocha, bit metallic / copper coin taste too. solid on the taste. finish is surprising: menthol and some medicinal touches
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Smoke Development

    Blair Athol is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, founded in Pitlochry in 1798 by John Stewart and Robert Robertson, then under the name Aldour Distillery. In 1825 she was rechristened to Blair Athol. A large part of the production still goes into the Bell’s blends, but from time to time an independent bottler can get his hands on an exceptional cask. Like this one from 1986, bottled in 2011 at the age of 25 years, by Adelphi.
    Oh, my, what a lovely nose! Immediately soft on Brussels waffles, buttercups and lavender (quite floral, in fact), some woodsmoke and walnuts, freshly washed bedsheets (what? Yup!), soft flowery honey, Granny cookies with raisins and Pink Lady apples. Pancakes with slices of banana and graeffe sugar. I’m a fan!
    Nicely oily and good strength. Sweet start, but immediately very floral, almost perfume-y. Parma violets (the candy) followed by mind and maple syrup before a surprising note of woodsmoke rears its head. I dare say there is a veritable smoke development here. And quite lovely, although quite dry as well.

    The finish is very long, sweet, dry and spicy.

    Lovely sweet, bourbon matured Aldour.

  5. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. puusj scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: honey, ripe fruit, light spice of the wood. Taste: butter babe, slightly salty / sweet. Finish: gives more fruit tones (sweet and slightly spicy). Long clean aftertaste. In general, this whisky is good in the alcohol: cask strength but totally not dominating. Judgment: pretty tasty (understatement intended).

  10. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 184 bottles from cask no. 20081

    Only the second time we have bottled a cask from this lovely distillery in Pitlochry. Deep gold with large, lingering beeds suggesting a voluptuous mouthfeel. A slight nose prickle to start, with teak oil, artists’ turpentine and furniture polish; then buttery vanilla sponge behind. The latter moves forward and becomes Eve’s Pudding (apple sponge). A surprisingly perfumed palate, with Parma violets; dry over all. Water supresses the aroma somewhat, although the apple sponge is still apparent. A smooth texture, with a dash of water; sweeter, but still dry overall, and still traces of Parma violets in the aftertaste. Complex and satisfying.

  11. Creen scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      without water:
      honey, herbal, buttercookies, mild, the alcohol is very well integrated, spicy bourboncask, herrencreme, oatmeal, salty apricots, walnuts, mint.

      with water:
      more creamy with red apples, blueberry pancake, vanilla ice, cream, banana.
    • Taste
      without water:
      is there peat?, quite floral, mint, sweet candy, salt, malt.

      with water:
      minerals, blueberry, old tree bark, drier than without water.
    • Finish
      without water:
      sweet and clean, herbs, vanilla, minerals, reminds me of mojito.

      with water:
      shorter but some fruits shine through.


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