Blair Athol 1993

Overall rating
87.85/100
votes
139
Whiskybase ID
WB95717
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2017
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bodega European Oak Butts
Number of bottles
5514
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281048055
Added on
01 may 2017 8:37 pm by Dris
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 505.29

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Whisky reviews for Blair Athol 1993

26 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.85 points.

  1. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Matured in European oak butts that have been scraped, toasted, recharred and refilled with fortified wine in the UK before being filled with the spirit.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sherry, dried fruits, mocha, cacao, peanuts, pine needles, toffee, ginger, orange marmalade, dark chocolate, earthy, leathery
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry, figs, toffee, butterscotch, caramel, sultanas, raspberries, strawberries, prunes, smoky bacon, tobacco, dark chocolate, marzipan
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, sherry, cidery, raisins, earthy, spicy, chocolate, plums

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  3. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2022] I had a dram at the distillery bar. This is a modern sherry maturation which is flawless and easy quaffable with significant (but not distracting) wooden spikes. They sell the bottle for 400 GBP at the distillery shop which is way north of the retail price of many shops both in the UK and Europe. From my (drinker's-only) perspective I would not spend more than 150 bucks on a bottle of such a profile, the distillery exclusive (Flora & Fauna) batch no. 1 is a much better deal at 90 bucks in my honest opinion.

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    N: meaty, little, ginger.
    G: spicy, good tannins, hot and spicy, astringent.
    A: ginger, cloves, spices,

    A modern sherry profile, which I don't like that much.

  9. Mordeth scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Mordeth scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very smooth with a drop of water
    • Taste
      86 86
      average
    • Finish
      88 88
      Center aisle and nice

  12. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A nice and tasty sherry maturation with a lot of age. Contrary to other descriptions, I already recognize the Blair Athol style and am happy about this complementary further development of the 12yo F&F in CS with a much higher intensity and longer finish than the 12yo. Blair Athol is underrated for me anyway.
    But: It's still not worth the price tag to me. More than four times the 12yo is an announcement. And this explains the still very good availability of the 2017 Special Release at the end of 2020. Overall, prices have to increase further to justify prices of around € 300 for this bottling. Therefore my rating is also influenced by the PLV. Blindly without knowing the price, the drop is already an 88/89, but there are deductions in these spheres.

  13. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Strong sherry nose, lacquer, tire rubber. Then there are raisins and a fresh note of herbs like lemon thyme. Wet grass like after a rain in a forest clearing
    • Taste
      78 78
      Unfortunately, the scotch numbs the tongue at the start, like a beginning anesthesia. The tongue becomes a bit thick and pepper covers everything
    • Finish
      78 78
      A crisp, sharp finish. Certainly very good to enjoy with Coke and unfortunately not worth the money at all. I'm happy to be able to taste a sample, I wouldn't want a whole bottle of it.

  14. Likudi scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  15. DrunkDude scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherrreid, dried plums, leather, meat, dried fruits, apple, oil, rich toffee, fermented protein,sulfur, cream, 88
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sour plums, lemon sour, ripe apple, pear syrup, white pepper spices, mint candy, mushroom, oaky texture. Citrus notes. Some baked vegetables, rich chocolate 88
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very Woody chocolate, tannin, citrus bitterness 87

  16. Gregers scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    For the price of this one, I'm happy I just got a sample. Just unspectatular, a bit challenging, and not worth the price tag.

    Review here: https://youtu.be/tbhrUWILyH0
    • Nose
      76 76
      Earthy notes, shoepolish, brine, very slight dried fruits, butterscotch and honey. Not as interesting as expected. Rose petals come late with some fragrant notes.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Very dry, strong alcohol. Pepper and spices. Very light sweetness. Oak is powerful. Then comes toffee, pear juice, and dried herbs. Bitterness prevails.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Old leather, cut tobacco leaves, and a large dose of dried chili flakes. Lots of pepper and dryness. Leaves very vague tobacco smoke and lots of oak. Not a pleaser. Around 15 minutes after the glass is empty, bubblegum flavours show up.

  17. StephanB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very expensive, distillery character not noticeable to me, good as sherry whisky, but whether from Blair Athol or from Tomatin or ...... is not recognizable to me. A collector's whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Soderberg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. maltandgrains scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Rubber and honey. A bit of salt. Dried fruits. Hint of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dried fruits, light oak, spices and a hint of grass. Vanilla sweetness. Slightly earthy.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish. Balanced. Sweetness prevails, slight oakines and earthiness.

  20. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Colour: dark amber. Nose: dried fruits, raisin, furniture polish, oak, chocolate, leather, almond, cacao. As usual I wait from sherry whisky strong sweet aroma which make powerful impact in nose. But Blair Athol has a very delicate sherry aroma. You can fall in love to it from first sniff. Mouth: dried fruits, allspices, oak dryness, furniture polish, raisin. Also Blair Athol is very delicate on palate, whiteout powerful dryness, which you can wait after 23 years maturation in sherry cask. Finish: long, spices, dried fruits, chocolate, oak, black pepper, varnish notes. This whisky has very good balance, delicate and sweet aroma and taste. It’s like a sherry bomb, but a very delicate bomb.

  21. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unbelievably soft for the 58%. Very pleasant fruity-floral nose. I like it, but it is clearly too expensive.
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet, malty, distinct bright fruits with ripe peach and pear, floral notes. Mint, also a little grassy
    • Taste
      87 87
      fruity, sour, slightly spicy, very well integrated alcohol.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish, a bit bitter and clear oak.

  22. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A lot of people liked this because this is the only intensively sherried one in the release.
    • Nose
      Nutty, sherry, black fruits, modern style sherry casks.
    • Taste
      A lot of oak, still very sweet
    • Finish
      Medium, bitter coffee

  23. peatbogger did not rate this whisky Specialist

    I have not tasted this, but got a sample from a single cask intended to go into this batch, but set aside for the tasting room; cask 6179.

    25YO and still at 62%... as easy drinkable as if it was 48.

    That one I would rate 94p and they claimed the 23YO was as close as you could get in an available bottle.

  24. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The magnificent silence, complex and deep aroma can be explored endlessly, enjoying successive halftones and shades, the taste does not lag behind, the finish gives a breather to prepare for the next throat - just a sherry fairy tale.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, furniture varnish, apple jam, fried nuts, milk chocolate, cigar box, cinnamon, dried apples, fondant, boiled condensed milk, herbarium, mineral notes - stone dust, plaster; lemon peel, dusty books.
    • Taste
      Powerful, dense, sweet wood, pepper wave, ginger, raisins, furniture varnish, cappuccino, coffee liquor, metallic sour, boiled condensed milk, kvass, burnt caramel, berry confiture.
    • Finish
      Soft, sweet, with a light bitterness, a little red pepper, boiled condensed milk, berry sour, sweet and buttery confectionery shades.

  25. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very sherrytönig and dark. Dark fruits, slightly metallic notes, leather, dark chocolate and a little jammy. By and by follow over-coated black tea, black nuts, slightly sooty and smoky aromas and fleshy-musty accents of hung wild. With water: tart, nut oil, greasy and slightly sulphurous aromas such as old shotguns or gunpowder, dark chocolate, coffee, harsh forest fruits such as cranberries, rose hips or cranberries, as well as wild game.
    • Taste
      Begins fruity and jammy. Orange zest, Old English jam, sherry, flowery reflexes, slightly metallic, chewing tobacco, dark chocolate, and dirty wood. With water: slightly fruity but also somber sherry tones, pink grapefruit, oily nut aromas, dark chocolate, coffee, venison, rose hips, leather, tobacco and mint.
    • Finish
      Dark, sherry-toned, tart fruitiness and dark chocolate.

  26. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  28. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: Distinct sherry, even a little stinky (gum), quite spicy and intense, reminiscent of some smoke, at least barbecue sauce and aromatic wood. Then dried fruit, but also sour, soy sauce, somehow closed. Some water does him good, it opens, shows the flavors clearer, is also a little sweeter, maple syrup, honey and fine roasted aromas.
    Mouth: Fairly dry, even if honey notes and maple syrup show up. However, these subordinate themselves and are covered by a slightly astringent coating, clear wood, dry sherry, again with sour fruit and a certain sharpness (despite water).
    Finish: Long, spicy, spicy, but with a sweet core.
    Conclusion: To be honest, I had promised myself something more from this malt, just because I've always loved the flora and fauna stuffing with their obvious sherry barrel influence. Although this one has beautiful and interesting individual components, these have not optimally connected with each other for me. https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  29. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, a sweet sherry side and grilled spices!
    On the palate, ... it's strong!, Then a "vinous" side comes out softly, the alcohol doing its job of binding then and the pronounced sherry scents now and the spices and roasted seeds!
    In the end, medium to long enough on the same aromas!
    An interesting dram by its evolutionary sherry side.

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