A follow-up, two years on
According to FaD, the Blair Athol distillery received around 75,000 visitors in 2017, second only to Talisker at 72k and Lagavulin [7th] with just shy of 24k visitors.
‘Cloudy worts and a short fermentation time give the nutty base, but it is distillation which adds real weight to the distillate. A controlled level of solids coming across in the wash still add a rich, deep, malt-loaf character to the new make. It is this character which allows it to show so well in ex-Sherry, although for blending purposes the majority of the make is destined for ex-Bourbon’. [SW]
N: Lots here [nothing blatant], with an amalgamated & serendipitous complexity that changes with every sniff - that is, of an old sherry nose with delicious combos, sherry lactose notes and earthy fungal tones. Check out Dave Broom’s excellent description for this one [SW].
T: A rightly precocious, strong, sugary soup that develops on chocolate with floral/soap/oily touches - oh, and that sherry swims just fine. More & more materialises as it opens out.
F: Lovely bone-dry sherry with desirably light tannins, if at all. Plenty going on until the end, and with lovely bitters to boot.
C: There’s nothing not to like, and accordingly, everyone loves this straight off. But did we have this before? We did! - at Christmas 2016 in fact [blog], and it’s gained three more points two years on!
Scores a B