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Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

(70cl, 43%)

Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

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Blair Athol 12 Years Old Bottling Note

A Flora and Fauna release from the Blair Athol distillery, this 12 year old exudes sherry and Christmas pudding notes with spice. Blair Athol does not receive the acclaim it so thoroughly deserves.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Nutty with sherried notes. Gentle peat. Crisp.

Palate: Good body, malty and sweet. Citrus and the peels thereof.

Finish: Peat smoke, syrup. Good sweetness, bittersweet, drying.

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Blair Athol 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna Reviews

An excellent whisky

I opened my bottle of this on the occasion for the birth of my granddaughter recently. It was an excellent choice. Very smooth easy to drink. I confess I had a difficult time with getting the nose on it. I definitely did not pick up any peatiness. The finish was smooth and lingered but not for too long. This is a whisky I could enjoy again and again. Sadly like one of the other reviewer‘s I to live in the states and my access to UK exclusive whiskies has been curtailed because of Covid

21st September 2020

Love Blair Athol

Very nice whiskey in fact the best I’ve ever tasted. Sadly I had only purchased 2 bottles when I visited House oj Bruar this past December. I live in the USA and can’t buy any more at this time, I truly wish you could help me with this problem.

29th July 2020

Fantastic whisky

I always said “life’s too short to drink the same whisky twice”. Well I was wrong...

24th July 2020

Very pleasant, very good value

Not too dissimilar to, although more subtle/balanced than, the Glenfarclas 15 which is a favourite of mine. Have had both back to back and the Blair Athol 12 feels better balanced against the Glenfarclas bolder flavour.

There's a hint of sherried notes and a very, very slight oily texture but really subtle.

Enjoyable and recommended.

14th July 2020

I'd probably get it again although it's in the Europa League places or even mid-table rather than Champions League spots. Comfortably Premier League though...

When drunk out of a decent glass I'd agree with the above. I got a hint of banana on the finish on my last sip and a slight hint of the mouth puckering effect of citrus. I think I was allowing it to coat my tongue and the roof of my mouth a little more by this point.

7th July 2020

Great value for money.

Great value for money. Lovely smooth whiskey.

27th June 2020

Solid all rounder, very tasty, gone too quickly!

Great stuff. Well balanced with nothing dominating or sitting back. Good sherry character but never too heavy. Complex enough for the discerning drinker yet accessible to all.
Wouldn't mind a slightly higher abv but it's still very good and highly recommended so that shouldn't put you off. A very whisky-like whisky if that makes sense!

2nd June 2020

An Exceptional Whisky

This is an exceptional whisky, forget about how cheap it is, this is hands down the best whisky I have ever had. The complexity of flavour is incredible and that finish, WOW!

6th May 2020

Try it after spicy food.

I am partial to Irish whiskeys such as Green/Yellow spot and Redbreast. This whisky is on a par, but less sweet, which is actually a good thing. It is very interesting and absolutely gorgeous following a spicy meal. For the price it is superb. Do not hesitate to buy.

16th April 2020

Taste Sensation... Absolute Winner

Just a yummy, sweet, warm, taste sensation. Loved every dram. Delicious one of my Faves.

4th February 2020

Excellent sipping whisky

Liquid gold with caramel, toffee, and malt on the tongue. I also found no trace of smoke, which pleased me too. Great for before or after dinner.

19th December 2019

High taste high grade of luxury

Sherry AND nice!!

19th March 2019

The best!

I had actually always hated scotch, then we tried Blair Athol Flora and Fauna at the distillery while in Scotland, and I was converted! It is phenomenal! I wish it were available somewhere closer to me.

22nd February 2019


One of my favorites

4th February 2019

Absolutely wonderful sipping whisky

Sweet, malty, good body. Great mouth feel. Can't be beat for twice the price. I found no smokieness whatever, which I very much prefer.

25th January 2019

Beautifully balanced, drinkable and smooth

Both my partner and I were most pleasantly surprised by this malt whisky: beautifully balanced, drinkable and smooth. I'd compare it to Dalwhinnie or Oban for smoothness and drinkability. A pleasure and delight.

13th December 2018

Must try in your little life.

With one word: PERFECT!!!

10th September 2018

Fabulous whisky.

The Blair Athol must be one of the best kept secrets amongst malt whisky drinkers, it's one you must try before you die.

25th August 2018

A real hidden Gem

If you like your sherried malts, this is an absolute must. I toyed with the idea of buying a bottle for the last few years. After glowing review, after glowing review I decided to purchase a bottle.

Wow, so glad I did. Fantastic Whisky.

What are you waiting for?

16th June 2018

I've just found my favorite whisky of all time

I've tried many reputable whiskies now after several years and one of the most exciting things for me is to buy a new bottle with the hope that it's going to be the best I've ever had. My favourite up until now was the Powers John's Lane 12, with Ardbeg 10 being a close contender. Well, that ends today. My new favorite is this little beauty, the Blair Athol 12.

Nose: nuts, toffee, raisins, sherry, a hint of leather, tobacco

palate: dark chocolate, raisins, tobacco, leather, an almost dusty quality to it, and a hint of roasted coffee

finish: (this is the most surprising of all) it lingers for quite a long time, with a sudden and unexpected burst of sweetness from the toffee, over and over, with every swallow, it seems to get sweeter and sweeter with the soft lingering taste of chocolate, coffee, and the ever-present tobacco

truly sublime. One of the best. 9.2/10

15th February 2018


purchased the small sampler, which disappeared very quickly...wished I bought the full size. loved, loved the sherry cask and smooth, syrupy finish

11th January 2018

I've had better for the price

Nose: Fresh and Dried fruit. Touch of leather, tobacco. Sherry with a hint of sulphur. Taste: Smooth, full-bodied, sweet, tobacco and a hint of sherry sweetness. It's ok but if you're sensetive to sulphur it's not gonna tick all the boxes.

13th November 2017

A super single malt.

I bought a 200ml bottle at the distillery in Pitlochry last week. Wish I had gone for the full bottle instead. I actually bought 3 bottles and now wish I hadn't given the other 2 away as presents.

10th October 2017

A remarkable any price

This is absolutely a 5-star expression in my opinion from a distillery that routinely produces outstanding whiskies--and at a price that is rather remarkable considering the depth of character and palate of flavors. Those flavors come at you subtly from front palate to well past the back palate. I get the expected caramel, but in an unexpected density that is somehow backed up by subtle fruit--citrus to my taste buds, but subtle, and the if you really take you time and let the whisky flow across the back of your tongue you'll detect a subtle, fleeting peatiness that does nothing but add intrigue and then is gently buried by sherried orange and a touch more caramel with hints of vanilla. This might be the best sub-$60 whiskey I've ever enjoyed.

6th October 2017

A 12 year old single that beats all

If the taste of the wild hedgerow could be bottled then Blair Athol is it hints of wild black berries and wild black currants are there for the taking with a mellow peat back ground it's all there, there is no roughness in it's perfection of flavor which will leave you wanting more and even if its been some years since your last drop. The memory of it's taste is an overwhelming thing that makes you want to come back for more

30th August 2017

The best 12yo in my collection

Upon first tasting this dram, I am struck with the sweat malt, and the almost caramel syrup. Followed by a smooth sweet finish that dries, and it far more complex than most 12yo. This expression is a great deal at this price and I strong recommend two bottles, one to drink and one to keep as a back up gift for any new scotch drinker!

22nd August 2017

Hard to believe this is a 12 year old

Sweet and smooth with subtle peat, this 12 year old punches way over its age. Blair Athol has become my go to 12 year old and is it a great way to introduce friends to Scotch Whisky, without breaking the bank. I am a GlenDronach man, given my druthers, but for the daily finger or two, BA is in the front of the cabinet!

30th July 2017

6 stars

just try it

24th May 2017

Worth the money. A fine scotch

The subtle peat, dry orange notes with gentle sherry notes makes this whisky a great one.
The finish is a tad short to my liking but a great whisky for a 12 year old. Fine and smooth. This will make it for the evening when you are in no hurry and want to spend a good 2 hrs with a malt as a companion. Dont rush through.

25th November 2016


Outstanding! Extremely smooth malt. I'm annoyed I only bought one bottle.

15th September 2016


Great malt

27th May 2016

Harvey Apperson


11th December 2015


I have been drinking single malt now for 4 decades and have been delighted by the quality and variety of flavours. I have many favourites but if pressed really hard I would have to say that Blair Atholl has become my favourite in the last 2 years. has everything. delicacy. depth. flavour. Aromatic and earthy. genius.

3rd July 2015

Good One

Really Good One

27th June 2014


Hi there! Could you please send an email to our Purchasing Team ( with all that information? They will get back to you as soon as possible. --The Chaps at Master of Malt

4th November 2013


CASK No. 50729 or S0729 700ml 43%vol 70cl 12 year old single malt bought in 1994 and in a wooden presentation box has a mellow deep toned aroma a strong fruity flavour and smooth finish.

26th October 2013

Liquid tobacco!

Great achievement - good cigar in a dram:))) At the beginning fresh, sherry tobacco leaves, then satysfying palate on spicy, burnt cigar! Nice aftertaste on orangy cigarettes.9/10.

22nd August 2011

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