Blair Athol 23yr Single Malt Scotch
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Blair Athol 23yr Single Malt Scotch - 1993

Item # 39302 750mL
$599.96/ Single Bottle
$3599.76/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

Another first release in the Rare Malts series, this is also the first release of any kind from this under the radar distillery since 2003 making this offering particularly exciting. Blair Athol has deep roots in the history of Scotch Whisky with the founding of the original site dating to 1798. The whisky opens up with the distillery's signature notes of exotic spices, dates, sultanas with a layer of roasted meat and a hint of smoky sulphur. After a bit of time in glass the spirit evolves into decadent soft caramels, dark fudge, stewed autumn fruits with a lively flourish of fresh lime zest, sweet herbs, red tea and espresso laced chocolate on the long finish. Created in an edition of 5,514 bottles for the world from stocks aged in ex-bodega European oak sherry casks.

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Staff Pick Notes

It's always a treat to see what Diageo has in its rare-release bag of goodies. One of the highlights of their recent batch is this remarkable 23-year-old single malt from Blair Anthol, an under-the-radar distillery whose whiskies are mostly used in blends. It's the first time Blair Athol has been included in this, and what a debut. Aged in ex-sherry European oak casks, this limited-edition, cask strength whisky shows aromas of raisins, caramel, baking spices, candied orange and dark chocolate. It's rich and round on the palate with both sweet and savory elements: fruit cake and toffee, baked apples, herbs, spices and mint. A superb bottle for sherry-aged whisky fans and collectors alike.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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