Blair Athol 12, 2008-2020, 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead 18601601, 57.7% – Gordon & MacPhail (Connoisseurs Choice)

I am such an idiot. While this is not news to me, this one here is undeniable proof.

A little while ago, RvB shared this bottle in my little bottle-share group, and thoroughly liking Blair Athol, I jumped on it. A 10cl sample for me!

So I got the sample a few days later. I tried it a couple of weeks after that, and I even looked it up on Whiskybase. And only then did I find out I also have a bottle of this.

Even worse! I don’t only have a bottle of it. I have already tried the whisky a few times and I’ve used it in a tasting. And still, no idea that I just bought a sample of something I could just have a glass of without even leaving my chair.

As said, I’m an idiot…

Anyway, sherried Blair Athol is generally pretty decent at the least. When selected by a good bottler, and at cask strength, it should be very good indeed!

Sniff:
Very modern sherry on the nose, as in, modern sherried whisky. Lots of gentle baking spices and some dried fruit. Banana crisps, cinnamon, even some Nutella. I get some orange and date, wet oak.

Sip:
The palate is a bit sharper than I expected, and therefore feels a bit more thin than the nose promised. There’s chili heat, oak shavings. Banana crisps and cinnamon are present too, hazelnuts with a whiff of dark chocolate.

Swallow:
The finish brings a bit more sweetness than I expected, or prefer. A bit more like supermarket pastry, instead of ‘bakery level’. Cinnamon and raisins, sugared puff pastry, orange, mango.

It is a bit on the sweet side, but there’s lots of things happening here. The combination of baked goods and dried fruits, even hints of chocolate and nuts make for a rather complex whisky that is really, really good!

In the end, having a bit extra of this is no punishment at all, but it is a bit of a waste of money…

88/100

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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