Blair Athol 2002 (Hepburn’s Choice)

After the Blair Athol 1993 First Editions, a younger version this time, bottled by Hepburn’s Choice in 2013. Probably not from a sherry cask. They bottled a similar 11yo version earlier this year.

Hepburn’s Choice is named after William Hepburn, the grandfather of Langside Distillers’ director, and it’s part of the Hunter Laing business.



Blair Athol 2002 - Hepburn's ChoiceBlair Athol 10 yo 2002
(46%, Hepburn’s Choice 2013, 378 btl.)

Nose: rather youngish. Pear drops, apples, cereals and dusting sugar. A bit of popcorn and soft vanilla biscuits. Not bad, but not the nose of a mature Scotch whisky.

Mouth: clean, creamy, but rather flat. Fruity notes again, mainly pears but there’s a faint tropical edge to it. There’s also a milky element, like whipped cream.

Finish: medium long, sweet and fruity, with hints of vanilla fudge.

A bit disappointing, though technically faultless. It’s easy to drink but still too simple and too young to be out on its own, in my opinion. Around € 55.

Score: 76/100