‘Hey, Mark, I have here a Blair Athol. I was wondering if you had tried it yet.’ I confess, with almost 4500 tasted whiskies on my counter, I do not know this by heart. ‘I’ll have to check my website,’ I declare. ‘It’s not on there,’ Benny declares, expectantly holding the bottle with a good measure still in it. ‘Well, then I have not yet tried it’, I smile, accepting the bottle in thanks. Let’s finish off this bottle and update our list. I think it is nigh impossible to have a paler dram, so this must be refill.
The nose is an innocent mix of apples, pears and stale beer (not an off-note), vanilla, caramel and a pinch of white pepper. Very straightforward, but nothing wrong with that.
On the palate, it is quite simple as well. Vanilla, apples, some caramel and sweet malt. The pepper gives it a bit of punch and I count my blessings that this is bottled at 43%. At 40% this malt would probably have been demoted to apple juice. Sounds rather bold, but you know what I mean.
The finish is medium long, but offers nothing new.
If you are looking for a docile malt to spend a careless evening with friends with, then get this one. With a price tag of only 40 EUR, this is not a silly thing to do.