2009 Blair Athol 13 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single refill ex-Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

SKU #1666541

If you didn't already know, we're huge fans of the bucolic Blair Athol distillery just outside the highland resort town of Pitlochry. The stone walls covered in ivy at this, the spiritual home of the Bell's Blended Scotch, are one reason we love this exceptional whisky. If you do manage to make it to this special distillery, you might notice giddy septuagenarian fans of the UK only Bell's Blend swarming the small distillery like it was vatican, but it is the VIP warehouse tour that keeps us going back. That's because nothing beats Blair Athol straight from the bung of a big beautiful barrel. But the closest we can come is to bottle it for you straight out of the cask. This 13 year old ex-bourbon barrel is truly a special expression. With a bit of air, this youngster shows exceptional complexity. Unusually, it tastes absolutely divine right out of the bottle at a cool 111 proof -rich, buttery and malty, but has plenty of spice to keep it from feeling overly sweet. A stupendous example of this underappreciated distillery.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2023 | Send Email
Blair Athol consistently outperforms other highland distilleries that command higher price points, yet never receives the recognition it's due. This fine cask offers incredible depth and concentration of flavor for less than a bottle of similarly aged whisky from one of Diageo's facilities, plus it's bottled at cask strength. I must note that this particular spirit loves air, so let it sit for a while in the glass when you first open it. Your patience will be rewarded with enticing aromas of orchard fruit and baking spice. The palate bursts with quince, persimmon, lemon peel, green mango, nutmeg and allspice. The rich, oily texture brims with sticky toffee, coffee cake and butterscotch drizzle. But far from feeling heavy and overbearing, it remains taught, fresh and lifted, with a spice reminiscent of ginger snaps and candied citrus peel. Truly an outstanding dram worthy of any malt-lover's collection, this is a tremendous value and a must-have from our Old Particular selections this year.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2023 | Send Email
A clean nose on this one, with scents of citrus fruit, raw nuts, baking spice and anise seed. Quite different on the palate, with butter brickle, caramel, light cocoa, some citrus and honeycomb. Very easy to drink. This all led me to having to explain to a much younger co-worker what butter brickle is. I quote "is that from the 1800's?" Who says that reviewing Single Malt isn't any fun?

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2023 | Send Email
This is a wonderful expression of Blair Athol. It is delicious but also interesting. The nose has delicate sweet malt notes that are inviting. In the mouth there are subtle malt and grain flavors. With a little water, the nose opens up and the flavors also become more pronounced. There is a nice mouth feel. One of the nice things about the Old Particular products are the tasting notes of the people who work at Douglas Laing. It is fun to contrast tasting notes. In this case, CSL tasted a richer, fuller bodied and spicy single cask than did I.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2023 | Send Email
I'm a Blair Athol fan boy, ever since my first visit. This is one of the more richly flavored Highlanders out there. Not is oily and funky as Ben Nevis, but without a doubt full of character. This one went into a good quality second fill bourbon barrel back in 2009 and now we're the lucky beneficiaries 13 years later. Here goes nothing! The color is yellow gold. Wow this guy really punches above it's weight class. Not sure what's going on here, but it's not one of these blenders casks at all. Lots and lots going on, especially after 15-20 min in the glass. Old school and earthy couple with a odd bright orange fruity-ness - like marmalade spread across an old chevy engine. Zesty citrus oils behind that followed by walnut skins, jasmine tea and coriander seed. On the palate and almost milky richness offering big spices, hints of bitter barks, Mirabelle eau-de-vie and licorice root. The finish is long and spicy! With a bit of water you can see the oily spirit unleash in the glass. Now it's opened right up. Tons of quince, wild honey, white tea and a slight flinty mineral character. It's so juicy and open on the palate, it's really dangerously drinkable. Not a super funky one now, showing lots of pretty stuff, with hints of weirdness around the edges. I find this style super appealing and really hope people enjoy it as much as I do. With or without water this one is fun either way - but do give it some air.

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