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Overall rating
86.58/100
votes
42
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Vintage
1991
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Apr 2017 5:55 pm by HarburgMalt
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.90

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1991 TWC

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  One of the best sherried whiskies I ever had was a 21-years old Blair Athol (WB id 8677).  Unfortunately, this is not sherry cask matured but who knows - maybe it is great too?

    No, it is not - just another very inactive (depleted) cask that produced a nice nose but a rather simple taste only...  As this is the fourth sample from TWC in a row that shows these characteristics of exhausted casks maturation it seems that it is very hard for smaller independent bottlers to get their hands on high quality casks these days.  No surprise when even the big players struggle to find good casks - this is the price to pay for the rigid budget cuts during the whisky bust of the eighties (if there is no money for new casks you have to use the old ones over and over again)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is pale straw and the texture shows rather fast legs and some late tears. The nose is all about a fruit salad with tons of green apples, pears, peaches and melons within a (barley) sugary pot liquor. All is very fresh and vibrant so I would not guess a 25 year maturation time but it is delicious, I like it!
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is rather simple on barley sugary sweet and spicy wooden aromas, not very impressive but again okayish. Water is not needed.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate (what I already guessed after reading the texture). There are no bitter or astringent feelings so the mouthfeel is okayish. The finish is of medium length and guess what - right: it is okayish again with neither attracting nor distracting moments.

  2. Abadon05 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Quite bright for 25 years. That should have been a barrel used several times. And that's exactly how it is structured. It reveals some good components or a certain complexity, but this is not deepened, which is a shame.
    Disappointing for the age and price.
    It doesn't really get better with water either.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Slightly alcoholic nose, lots of vanilla, lemon and coconut. Grain notes are added. Some honeydew melon and light honey. Minimally also mango and banana.
    • Taste
      75 75
      A little sweet, but rather mild and dry. You hardly notice the 52% or only after a while. Little depth overall. A little lemon, a little honey, a little coconut. That's it. Maybe some wood and grain
    • Finish
      72 72
      Short to medium length. No sweetness here either, but hardly any bitterness either. What remains? Yes, good question. Not as much.
      Minimally the grain and some honey. Some mint

  3. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, balanced, full-bodied and crisp.
    Rather light fruits plus light berries, slightly waxy with some tannins and oak aromas, vanilla, gristy sugar, malt, very gently grassy.
    Medium length finish.
    Does not necessarily have to be diluted.
    But it doesn't harm him either, but only a little water.

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Almond, vanilla, traces of smoke
    • Taste
      88 88
      intense bourbon, dry sweetness
    • Finish
      89 89
      strong, intense and long-lasting

  5. Jeep51 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A nice malt, young and simple but that goes down well
    • Nose
      Fresh fruit salad, orchard fruit and grapes, light and delicate. Lack can be a little bit of pep.
    • Taste
      Attack more punchy. Fruity, it remains young and quite woody and spices, probably a bourbon cask. Green wood, pepper, cardamom, ginger and quinine.
    • Finish
      Long enough on a vegetable bitterness.

  6. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant dram, albeit much too expensive for what it offers. If summer drams exist, this fits the bill. Its rather old age emerges ever so slightly, on the palate. Overall a “decent” dram; nothing to write home about though.
    • Nose
      Excessively fruity. Melons, Mangos, green apples, and white cotton candy. Does not smell its age at all. Vibrant and fresh. A decent summer dram.
    • Taste
      Juicy and slightly bitter up-front, then overt oak spice. Associations of perfume – lavender, vanilla, and icing sugar.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Becomes more herbal and minty in the end.

  7. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    The whisky needs time. He first appears fresh and youthful. Over time, nice notes of green apples, vanilla, caramel, white chocolate and subtle oak come. A whisky that is fun and delicious but certainly not a big hit.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

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