BLAIR ATHOL 2004 AGED 12 YEARS ~ HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND
Matt - The Dramble "This Blair Athol delivers big on aroma and flavour and big on texture. Well-composed, well-balanced and above all tasty. The fact that this comes from the cheaper end of the outturn makes it a doozy. The Dramble’s pick of the month."
Nose - A Malty, cereal character with summer heather, creamy fudge and sweet sawdust.
Palate - Stewed rhubarb with vanilla custard, an oaky sweetness and a hint of orange rind.
Finish - Long and warming sweet with a zesty freshness plus a hint of cut grass.
Blair Athol changed hands several times during the 1800s and eventually closed in 1932. A year later the distillery was acquired by Arthur Bell and Sons and today as much as 95% of the outturn is bourbon-matured and used in Bell’s blended products. The whisky boasts a swift maturation and the remaining five or so percent of spirit is aged in sherry casks and sold as single malt, mostly by independent bottlers.