BLAIR ATHOL 2007 G&M 46%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 51953
Blair Athol 2007 was bottled by the independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Connoisseur choice collection, a range of rare and sought after single malts from distilleries throughout Scotland. Matured in refill sherry casks, this highland single malt expresses notes of spice, chocolate and citrus.
One of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries; Blair Athol is located in the picturesque Highland town of Pitlochry. Drawing its water from the Allt Dour Burn (burn of the otter), Blair Athol was established in 1798; the distillery itself was named after its water source, "Aldour". The new venture did not last long however, probably due to the heavy excise on malt whisky levied by the government, thus the distillery closed. In 1826 it was revitalised by Alexander Connacher, before being taken over by MacKenzie company. In 1933 Blair Athol was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons who are now a subsidiary of Diageo. In 1987 a visitor centre was opened which welcomes whisky enthusiasts throughout the year.
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- Appearance : gold.
- Nose : grilled barley, green apple and grapefruit.
- Palate : white pepper, anise, orange zests, strawberry, chocolate, creamy milk.
- Overall : long and creamy.
- The brand
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
Of all the existing specialist bottling ranges, Connoisseurs Choice is without doubt the oldest. The label underwent a few changes in the 1980s. Plainer and more restrained, it became two-toned with creams and browns. When segmentation by region of production region was adopted by the whisky industry in the early 1990s, the range changed its identity again. The label now shows a map of the region of Scotland where the malt comes from. To the delight of whisky enthusiasts, the range, which is always evolving, is now bottled at 43% and 46%.
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