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This 10 year old Blair Athol single malt comes from the independent bottler Mossburn’s cask strength collection. This small batch whisky was distilled in 2007 and bottled 30th of November 2017.
The bottler is called Mossburn – Distillers & Blenders (MBD). They have Vintage Casks collections from various distilleries, this being Vintage Cask No. 3. According to Whiskybase, this Blair Athol 2007 is their highest rated whisky (situation in 15/11/2019).
As mentioned, the malt comes from Blair Athol distillery, located in the South Highlands and known for being the home of the Bell’s blended Scotch brand.
Matured in a refill Hogshead (Ex-Sherry?) casks, bottled at whopping alcohol by volume of 59,8%!
I really liked this whisky. Like the numbers suggest, this whisky offered a full, rich and powerful experience of aromas and taste. Small batch cask strength with such a high ABV, and 10 years of maturation. Those statistics already tell you that this has to be quality whisky.
Of course the malt, distillation and wood quality will determine the quality of the end product, no matter how long you mature it and how much alcohol you have in the end product. But all I can say is that this dram has all those ingredients nicely in balance.