Blair Athol 1988
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
(£171.43 per litre, plus £10 for engraving)
27 Year Old
TWE Exclusive Engraving
by Billy Abbott
- Nose: Sharp aromatics leap out of the glass immediately after pouring – green leaves, freshly cut grass, and sweet and sappy oak – but they quickly burn off to reveal more sweetness underneath. Toffee and butter shortbread are joined by lemon drizzle cake, mixed fruit jam, apple sauce and thickly buttered fruit loaf slathered with lemon curd.
- Palate: Intense sweetness fades to reveal savoury notes – oatcakes and dry toast. Sweetness builds again, with toffee and spiced apple purée becoming almost overpowering, before revealing a core of sweet green leaves, caramel and citrus peel. The intensity softens, leaving floral and soft leafy notes.
- Finish: Sharp spice fades to honey and green leafiness.
- Comment: Intense but worth the ride – layers of sweet and savoury, focusing on the cask character.