Blair Athol 12 year old ex-Bourbon cask by Hidden Spirits 52.1% 700ml
Distilled in 2008, matured in an ex-Bourbon cask until being bottled in 2021.
Whisky Type:Single Malt Whisky
Located in the heart of the Highlands, Blair Athol produces a nutty and spicy spirit which formed the base of the Bell’s blend in 1896. This led Blair Athol spirit to become prized by blenders throughout Scotland, as the distillery produced a weighty and malt forward spirit.
Nose: Apricot and BBQ rockmelon fruit salad by the ocean. A feint minerality, like hot sauna rocks and black rock beaches. A touch of fresh lemon zest.
Palate: Apricot muesli bars with a yoghurt drizzle, tinned pineapple and nutmeg on a cheesecake. Bloody gorgeous!
Finish: Country bakery Portuguese custard tarts lead me back for another taste.
Hidden Spirits is a young Italian independent bottler, based in Ferrara, that was founded in 2013 by Andrea Ferrari, an enthusiastic whisky collector and blogger. Before founding the company, Andrea would travel to Scotland to visit distilleries, where he created close relationships with industry figures, this has allowed him to source casks directly from the source, rather than brokers. Each cask is meticulously selected, and labeled with an artwork depicting scenery from the surrounding area of the distillery, produced by Italian artists.