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02 Jun 2012

Blair Athol 1998 (Asta Morris)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Blair Athol

Belgian bottler Asta Morris is just in time for father’s day to present this Blair Athol 1998. Indeed not a common distillery or vintage, which makes us even more curious.

 

Blair Athol 1998 - Asta MorrisBlair Athol 14 yo 1998
(47,8%, Asta Morris 2012, 345 btl.)

Nose: interesting combo: honeysuckle, linseed oil and some rhubarb compote. Nicely oily and mineral while there’s always a candied sweetness in the background. Hints of marzipan and apple pie. Leather. Whiffs of buttercups. Dusty grains as well. It quickly grabs your attention and keeps showing extra layers. Impressive for a relatively young malt. Mouth: oily / creamy again, quite sweet as well. Pineapple and pear candy, gooseberries, stewed apples and a little vanilla. Then it grows grainier (sweet cereals) and more herbal. Ginger. Grassy notes. Finish: long, candied again, with warming spices now as well.

By now we trust Asta Morris’ Bert Bruyneel in his selections of course. Again this is high quality, interesting and entertaining whisky. Around € 50 which is a bargain price. Only available through 3 Belgian whisky stores: QV.ID, Crombé and Single Malt Whisky Shop.

Score: 89/100

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Blair Athol 1998 (Asta Morris) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-02
  • joeri

    (3…), (2…),… meaning one more to come before the glenfarclas 1953? :-) with such suspense I expect at least 95p

  • WhiskyNotes

    Hehe, you’re right about the suspense but not the whisky 😉

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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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