This Blair Athol 1988, a 28 year old single cask bottling, was released by Signatory Vintage. It was part of a tasting I participated in, organized by our local whisky club. It was the highlight of that evening! Fortunately I could take home a sample to try this dram for a second time, and to write something about it. So let’s see if it still as good as I remember.
This Blair Athol has matured in a refill sherry butt and is bottled at 54,5% ABV. Cask no. 6843.
Blair Athol 1988 tasting notes:
Nose: Butterscotch and beurre noisette which leads to caramel, then some new leather. A very small whiff of sulphur here at first nosing, but this dissapears rather quickly. A nice coating of honey. Some dried fruits. Followed by a mix of cracked walnuts and macadamia nuts. A touch of coffee beans and figs. All ending in dark chocolate.
Taste: It starts with Earl grey. Dried fruits. Then caramel, beurre noisette and honey, which gives it a thick mouthfeel. This all leads to mocca and whipped cream, and some lovely ganache with a feint hint of menthol at some point. It’s a bit like tasting a liquid bonbon, I like this! Covered in coffee beans and cacao.
Finish: The finish is very long with coffee beans and again the butter and caramel. A touch of menthol too.
A very interesting dram, I mean one hell of a dram!! Nice, very nice! No more words needed. 🙂