Blair Athol 1966 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Stated Age
21 years old
Oak Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
31 aug 2008 12:29 am

Average value

€ 300.00

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Whisky reviews for Blair Athol 1966 CA

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.31 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I have tasted this Blair Athol years ago for the first time an gave it 85 point. After-retasting I am much more positive about this old dumpy. As Lincolnimp says correctly, this whisky needs time to develop all its flavours.
    • Nose
      Floral and leafy notes intermingled with delicate fruitiness of yellow apples and conference pears. Also lemon peel and baked bananas. Touch of nettle and mint which seem to be common in those old Cadenhead dumpy's Some hints of wet stones and chalk later on.
    • Taste
      Wow, fruit bowl alarm! Lots of papaya, apricots and pineapple. Attractive grapefruit bitter-sweetness. Fresh sandal wood. There is definitely a peaty edge at the background, which makes this whisky very multi-layered and complex.
    • Finish
      Medium long. A little white pepper. Ginger and vanilla. Soft pine at the end. It 's all very subtle. Well balanced whisky.

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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is not the type of malt you find any more, slightly unforgiven but if you spend plenty of time with it, your are rewarded.
    If you had a small sample of this you would probably miss it, you simply can`t hurry old Cadenhead dumpy bottles, this is old school whisky.
    Level of bottle just under neck, I would buy a bottle of this because it is nothing like Blair Athol now and a style that in reality is lost.
    You can stick overpriced mundane Macallan up your rear, I would rather shell out on a bottle like this any day of the week because it is so different.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First off an expressive nose, a little floral with plenty of white fruit, a hint of peat, something a little salty (but not brine) mixed with something vegetal but in a good way,
      Give it a little time and there is a lovely malted barley note mixed with a little honey & menthol but its faint
      Slightly unusual but a very nice nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      cripes, I was not expecting that after the nose, its hot, slightly fiery and spicy with enough peat to make you notice. It might be 21 years old but this is most definitely spirit driven rather than cask influence driven.
      The spice grows on the palate and the sweetness does to and it is really nice, like a barley sugar sweetness mixed with pineapple chunk sweets.
      The peat seems to return along with white pepper which check the sweetness but do not over power it.
      Difficult to score the palate 88-90 so 89 then.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Not the longest finish, but its pretty smooth (sorry PB :)) but then the spice returns, actually that has good length, I was wrong.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I see a lot of very mediocre scores with this one but I think it's a slightly above average dram. The peppery component probably detracts a couple of points for me, and for those that are not into subtleties, this probably wasn't the dram for them. My sample is from a miniature bottle without the distillation year -- just has the 21 yo and 46% in the black label/green bottle.
    • Nose
      A bit of sake, sushi rice. Also sugarcane juice. Brown sugar. Zest. 7up.
    • Taste
      Spicy and peppery, but at the same time, has a soft and light palate with hints of sugarcane juice, grapefruit, and sweet white wine. All very subtle. 
    • Finish
      Spicy still. Quite long. Nothing special here.

  5. bokhanov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A sufficiently spiritual first nose, then there is a sweet spot, vanilla. All the same in the second and the next pharynx.


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