Blair Athol 12 Years

The Flora and Fauna is often seen as the standard bottling of a distillery. Nose: A bit sweet, some peat smoke Taste: Sweet and smoky. A warming body. Finish: Long with subtle sweetness

The Flora and Fauna is often seen as the standard bottling of a distillery. Nose: A bit sweet, some peat smoke Taste: Sweet and smoky. A warming body. Finish: Long with subtle sweetness

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Blair Athol
Scotland, Highlands
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
43%
0.7 l
Flora & Fauna
Flora & Fauna
Chill filtration - WithArtifical colouring - With
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Nosing
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Fruit:
Oak:
Spices:
Honey:
Alcohol:
Apple:
Leather:
Malt:
Nuts:
Pear:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Herb:
Cherry:
Cinnamon:
Oil:
Orange:
Pepper:
Plum:
Raisin:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Oak:
Fruit:
Spices:
Nuts:
Sherry:
Oil:
Herb:
Malt:
Raisin:
Caramel:
Chocolate:
Date:
Honey:
Plum:
Almonds:
Apple:
Banana:
Barley:
Cherry:
Coffee:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Fig:
Leather:
Peach:
Salt:
Vanilla:
Wheat:
Maritime Notes:
Finish
Sweet:
Sherry:
Fruit:
Peat Smoke:
Spices:
Honey:
Malt:
Nuts:
Vanilla:
Coffee:
Dried Fruit:
Oak:
Pepper:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Almonds:
Chili:
Cinnamon:
Clove:
Oil:

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31. Aug 2020
Nosing: ApplePearCinnamonPepperSpices
Medium to intense. Fruity and sweet. Pear and red apple. Some underlying spice showing through, cinnamon and a light pepper note. There's something about it which reminds me of the smell of anasthetic gas (might just be a bit of excess alcohol)

Taste: MaltSpicesDark ChocolateCaramelFruit
Sweet, more malt and savoury notes on the palate than the nose suggests. Quite a lot of wood spice. Dark caramel/dark chocolate notes. Sweet fruitiness.

Finish: SpicesCinnamonClovePepperDried Fruit
Dried pineapple. Residual spiciness - clove, cinnamon, black pepper

Comment:
Initially when opening this bottle I wasn't a big fan. I actually think that being open for a few weeks has significantly improved it. The nose has a profile I might have expected from something like young Glenfiddich. However, by contrast, the palate and finish really show some gutsy intensity which you'd never get from that. There's bags and bags of spiciness which is well balanced by the still present fruit sweetness. Definitely one which has been winning me over during the time I've had it open.

86/100
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