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Blair Athol Flora and Fauna 12 Year Old

Distillery: Blair Athol
Name: Flora and Fauna
Region: Highland
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £40 (70cl)
Nose: Rich, sherry
Taste: Medium body, smooth,  sherry, malty
Finish: Short, slight spice
Rating: 6/10

I’ve been meaning to try this for quite a while, I’ve heard good things about it and it looks a lovely colour, right up my street. The nose hits you with lovely, rich sherry notes but unfortunately not much more, it’s not bad but after the first nosing I was expecting it to open up well, but it doesn’t really.

The palate is smooth with good body and a nice level of sherry, nothing too powerful but enough to make it interesting. Once held in the mouth a while you get a slight dryness followed by a malty kick. This leads to a short but lightly spiced finish.

Overall I enjoyed this, nothing too complex but a pleasant, easy drinking sherry cask dram.  At £40 I think it is about at it’s max, I wouldn’t want to pay any more than that for it. It actually reminds me a little of a Dailuaine 16 Year Old, less complex version admittedly but if memory serve correct, it is similar. Personally I would probably spend the little extra to get the Dailuaine.