Whisky Review: Blair Athol 2004 “The Old Malt Cask” 15 Year / 50%

Jun 5, 2021

Amazingly fruity, would buy again!

Tasted neat

This Blair Athol from Hunter Laing’s “The Old Malt Cask” series was distilled 10/2004, aged for 15 years in sherry butt HL17601, and bottled 09/2020 yielding 660 bottles. This particular series offers some concessions to consumers; it is watered to 50% strength uniformly, and does not have individual bottle numbering.

Label notes are as follows:

NOSE: strawberries, plums, and toffee
PALATE: Rhubarb crumble, pepper, and spice
FINISH: long, with a lingering fruit finish
  • Color: burnished (1.1)
  • Nose: apple pie, fresh cream, pastry crust, and candlewax
  • Taste: boston cream doughnuts, fruit salad, a little pepper, and malty sherry
  • Finish: medium, but sweet; fresh-baked egg tarts

Rating: 92/100




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