BLAIR ATHOL 12YO FLORA & FAUNA
Blair Athol 12yo Flora & Fauna is a single malt produced the powerhouse that is Diageo. As well as producing many of the Globally distributed single malt and blended whiskeys you know and love, they also own many smaller distilleries with little to no single malt bottlings, where all the whiskey produced went into blends (Such as Johnny Walker and Bells). This changed in 1991 when a small range of single malt bottlings from the lesser known distilleries in their portfolio started to get released.
Blair Athol is a highland whiskey with a rather ‘on again/off again’ relationship with whiskey production. Since 1798 (when a distillery was first built on the site), it has been closed, mothballed and re-opened several times. However, it became one of the single malts used in the blended whiskey Bells. (The decades long market leader of the blended whiskey world), which kept it in use.
Since then however, it has been refurbished, expanded and upgraded into a rather cracking whisky distillery. It is a real pity they don’t produce more single malt bottlings.
Never mind though, you can buy one right here!
Muscat grapes and Madeira wine, brimstone in the background, even tar. Dried apricots in the foreground, and treacle toffee.
Rich and mouth-filling, with a good balance.
A curious sweetness is introduced at the end after the acidity and dryish finish has passed.