Review No.111. Blair Athol 12 Year Old

Whisky: Blair Athol 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, 43%

Nose: Stewed pears, forest fruits

Taste: Malt, roasted nuts, strawberry, vanilla, cherry, plums

Finish: Dry, roasted nuts, malt

Score: 2.5

Summary: Like with some other malts in the Flora and Fauna range this one too has an alcoholic kick to it.  First impressions are good though, this has more character than others in the range.  The nose is quite concentrated but water helped open this up and also temper the alcohol.  The sherry influence comes to the fore bringing dark fruits and roasted nuts to the taste.  I found this to be quite enjoyable although not as refined as I would expect.  A good winter warmer.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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