Blair Athol 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Aug 2007 10:17 pm

Average value

€ 60.04

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879 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 12-year-old

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.28 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    He would not get 90 points anymore (my guess is 1998 !, but I'll leave him in the DB), but that's a standard of the better sort. The sherry is surprisingly spicy, the oak surprisingly strong. I still like it!
    • Nose
      spicy, sweet, sherry is to smell, a little decayed wood, the wood brings over time a greater dryness with it, a lot of spice, some wet leaves, also some parsley root, in the background an unexpected freshness. Sweeter with time, the freshness disappears a little.
    • Taste
      surprisingly strong, a lot of oak, cocoa powder, pepper, but also a nice sweetness
    • Finish
      still this spicy, slightly musty oak, sherry, some pepper, quite sweet, but slightly flattened towards the end.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    impressive malt, looks noticeably older, very intense, very independent, great PLV
    • Nose
      sweet, wild honey, dates sweetness, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, buttery, oily, intense tobacco notes, dark berries, woody red wine, chocolate
    • Taste
      syrupy, sweet, peppery, powerful spicy notes of cloves, nutmeg and spicy tingling tobacco, cocoa and coffee, apricot jam, super integrated alcohol, works intensely for its 43%  
    • Finish
      long finish, really intense dark chocolate with spices, warming,

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great, very underrated (or overlooked) quasi-standard, intense, mature, delicious, full of character, which could also be good for a singlescask sherry UA at 18 years and more than 43% and currently holding 50-55 € a fair price.
    • Nose
      for 43% intense and full, dry and sweet and spicy, distinct sherry influence, cocoa, nutmeg, with some cinnamon, a little prunes / plum cake and a hint of men's club (tobacco, leather, old furniture)
    • Taste
      full-bodied and intense, gives almost 1: 1 again, which promises the nose, but not so dry, but creamy, chocolate, with some pepper
    • Finish
      long and tasty, lots of dark chocolate, block malt, some licorice and a hint of tobacco

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good whisky for the price. More on the spicy-woody side, fruit is only subtle.
    • Nose
      86 86
      sweet and spicy; dark berry fruits; some red apples; Raisins; some tobacco; Spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg; Seasoning of old wet wood; elegant sherry nose that looks significantly older than 12y
    • Taste
      85 85
      full-bodied and surprisingly intense for the 43%; Interplay of sweetness and sparkling-peppery flavor; Spices; Tobacco; in addition noticeable wood notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      tingling peppery flavor; very dark chocolate; some tobacco; slightly musty, bitter-tart oak

  5. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An extremely tasty all-rounder. Simply classic and round.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Summer fruit, berries, sherry and malt. Honey, oak and some leather and brown sugar. A promising, very classic sherry nose.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The nose repeats itself here. Spicy with oak and coffee, at the same time pleasantly fruity with syrup, berries and caramel. Round and balanced, nothing dominates too much.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pleasant with coffee, leather, some oak, molasses and orange. Dry.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Seems significantly older than 12 years. Generously sherried, with plenty of dark / caramelized / roast / burnt aromas and quite some twiggy, tart wood, and even a very faint smoky aspect (akin to Cragganmore 12, perhaps). Nice chalky, mineralic notes as well, and the pleasant raisin-y aroma of a freshly opened pack of filter cigarettes. That being said, it's very thin and I almost feel like I can taste the caramel colorant (this is more orange than Donald). Surprisingly little fruit for a Blair Athol. All in all, still very good. If you're into the darker, espressso-like side of whisky, you'll gobble this up.

  7. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A whisky with many faces that wants to be discovered ...
    • Nose
      Scent at first rather "alcoholic-average". In the second nose, it is then completely flowery-fruit gummy sweet, even floral soap is to smell.
    • Taste
      Comes very oily into the glass, in the mouth at first very light and soft, before the whisky becomes noticeably sweeter. At the second button: always sweeter with fine dark fruits.
    • Finish
      A rather short, unproblematic finish.

  8. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A malt to my taste. Subtle smoke, spicy and sweet and then supple soft in the beginning. I like it very much. Away from the mainstream are still really affordable beads hide.
    • Nose
      surprisingly intense for 43% with dark spices such as pepper and nutmeg; in addition there are raisins and prunes; cocoa mixes with it; a minimal impact of smoke is felt, but sometimes it is not felt at all; a light muff plays around the flavors; over time, the pepper becomes more intense and it becomes sweeter with red fruits; Sherry mixes with it, red apples and smoke become clearer
    • Taste
      creamy and soft; subtle sherry influence; again a nice sweetness of red fruits; a very small amount of smoke; again raisins with subtle roasted aromas; only subtle tingle of alcohol
    • Finish
      medium; very spicy with bitter oak, the smoke is also discreetly noticeable; then it gets a little sweeter with chocolate and raisins; on the palate it stays chocolaty with raisins; getting slightly dry; At the end, the oak is pressed again neatly

  9. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    has by far the most interesting nose, unfortunately he lacks the pleasant mouthfeel. The departure unfortunately disappointed something.
    • Nose
      Immediately heavy, dense sherry, cane sugar and a vinous note. After a little service life set very fresh, the attached wine note is now cleanly integrated. Candied fruits and a fat butteriness as well as bright fruits give a harmonious overall picture. Strong maltiness and pronounced acidity, like strong coffee when heated. In addition, floor wax and some damp leather. Completely warmed up, the nose is sparkling clean, buttery, heavy, sweet, kahlua, toffee, with dates and figs.
    • Taste
      also sweet and clean and very crowded, relatively late is the oak very pleasant. Honey, beet syrup and a hint of eucalyptus, some coffee. Slightly oily consistency.
    • Finish
      sounds sweet, the tannins do not last long. Here, too, overall only medium.

  10. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Soft, yet fruity and spicy nose, with plenty of fresh barley, cinnamon and nutmeg, ripe orchard fruits, and buttery popcorn, all wrapped up in some gentle woody oak. Very similar profile on the palate (a great example of a nose and palate in fine balance). Builds to a creamy and woody finish, with a hint of chilli heat keeping things interesting. Great value for money in the current market and a very underrated dram.


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