Blair Athol 2015
Posted 18 March 2021 by Matt / In Blair Athol
Bottle Name: Blair Athol 2015
Distillery: Blair Athol
Bottler: Skene Whisky
A youthful Blair Athol that’s been matured in an oloroso hogshead (#900093) since 2015. Bottled at 48% ABV at the end of the last year, this will set you back a notably reasonable £37.95 directly from the Skene Whisky shop.
Nose: Margarine spread over crackerbread together with hot cross buns that have been packed with plenty of sultanas and scatted atop with mixed candied peels. Cooking apples are preserved but slightly soured by lemon juice whilst an agave-like note expresses succulent vegetation. Reduction presents orange peels and jellies whilst also revealing the underlying maltiness of the Athol spirit.
Taste: More focussed on the sherry now. Fresh plump raisins and cranberries are whipped into chocolate cake. Coffee grounds and dark ganache are joined by a flint striker from a cigarette lighter whilst in the background, metholated oakiness lurks. The addition of water offers raspberry Halls cough sweets and old orange liqueurs. It also articulates much more of the cask with dry, shaved oak and plenty of tannic bite.
Finish: Medium to long with a pang of minerality alongside biting charry oak and residue berry fruit sweetness.
This Skene Blair Athol is young, fun for your tongue. There’s plenty of likeable character here – both of the distillate and from the sherry cask which largely complement each other throughout. Just a touch of struck match and some oak-led astringency hold it back from being quite the hit. Nevertheless, for the price this is far from lacking.
Review sample provided by Skene Whiskies
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