Blair Athol 23 Year (2017 Special Release)
Blair Athol Distillery // Highlands, Scotland
Released in 2017 as part of Diageo's annual fall special release collection, this whisky was distilled in 1993. This Highlands single malt was aged for 23 years in ex-bodega European oak butts. This edition is bottled at 58.4% ABV. Availability limited to 5514 bottles.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-bodega European oak butts
"The nose is rich and thick, with sugary fruit gummies, honey, and a dose of sherried nuttiness. The palate is oily, and brings spicy oak to offset that honey, along with menthol, walnuts, char, and cinnamon. The finish is spicier still, with citrus zest and pepper, fading away into nuttiness and a light touch of rancio. A bit soft at first, let this one open up to develop its full flavors."