2005 Lady of the Glen Blair Athol Single Cask #3657 14 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Highlands, SCOTLAND
$130. 00 Bottle
$1560.00 Dozen
ABV: 58.6%
Located in Perthshire, on the road to the flock of distilleries that's located further north, Blair Athol was first bought to the attention of malt lovers via Diageo's Flora & Fauna series. Founded in 1798 and known for its floral and fruity spirit, an ancient source of water called the Allt Dour (Gaelic for “the burn of the otter”) flows through the grounds of the distillery from the slopes of Ben Vrackie in the foothills of the Grampian mountains. This indie expression was filled into cask on the 5th October 2005 and bottled on the 1st October 2019 at cask strength from a single ex-Bourbon hogshead. The bottler, Gregor Hannah describes a malt with notes of nectarine, walnuts and rice pudding. Comes non chill filtered. 58.6% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... These top people often had pretty tight and sometimes austere young to middle-aged malts. Looks like that's the case again here… Colour: white wine. Nose: sends shivers into your spine even before you have a single drop in your mouth, but that's not obligatorily a bad thing mind you. Bags of green lemons – tarter than lime – cider apples and starfruits covered with custard and a curious yet awesome herbal combo where I'm finding chives, mint and even a little garlic. Seriously, that's lovely. With water: yellow peaches and muesli, with bits of tangerines. Breakfast for champions – or bagpipers. Mouth (neat): textbook fresh and citrusy malt whisky from quiet refill wood. Some white pepper, more fresh herbs, and indeed, garlic. With water: a little rounder, with awesome touches of honeydew melon and just sweets. M&S assorted fruit sherbets, a shame that those are about to disappear from our shelves post-Brexit. Well I think we shall survive that challenge. Finish: medium, soft, fruity, easy. Comments: it's funny that we would remember the old official 8 yo here, but this is much better, I think.
83 points - whiskyfun.com