I’ve always enjoyed the stuff I’ve tried from Blair Athol, although that’s really only independent bottlings because the only official is the flora & fauna (which I’m not such a big fan of) and the recent special releases which was a ridiculous price.
Luckily there are plenty of indies and I do recommend you seek them out. They tend to be at an ok price because Blair Athol isn’t that well known but the distillery character seems to be quite complex and malty.
This one in particular I tried recently at Inter. Whisky Frankfurt and is the oldest Blair Athol I’ve tried so far.
Blair Athol 1991 Carn Mor 52.7%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Medicinal, malty, fruity, dry, oaky, cherry lip gloss, orange peel, herbal, fresh mint, oats and porridge, green leaf, lemon peel, green banana. Complex nose with lots going on and some pretty unique combos going on.
Taste: Soft and intense, loads of malt, vanilla, juicy pear, soft oak, sour grape, orange, orange peel, fresh mint, paprika, some green banana.
Finish: Long length. Malty, soft chocolate and some heather. Not so complex as the rest here but nice.
26 years old, from 1991 to 2017. Quite complex and unusual, I’m not sure if that’s the spirit talking or the cask but I like it. The price on this Carn Mor is a bit higher though compared to others like Signatory.
Thanks for reading!
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