BLAIR ATHOL 10 ans 2011 PX finish Antipodes B.Bros
Colour: burnished gold with copper tinges.
Nose: fine, generous. The tenderly malty first nose is also medicinal (ointment), fruity (orange) and spicy (black pepper). Allowed to breathe, the aroma palette becomes increasingly rich (brioche, Chelsea buns). The register then changes completely. Candied pear and lemon, bourbon vanilla and coconut milk now take centre stage.
Palate: delicate, nuanced. The divinely honeyed attack (lime blossom, bay leaf) is also apricot. On the mid-palate, flavours of gentian, liquorice stick and grated ginger bring the flavour palette a very pleasant silky and powdery aspect. Characterised by notes of porridge and oat cake, the end of the palate inexorably moves towards a more saline register.
Finish: long, well-balanced. Just like the first nose, the start of the finish is deeply malty, almost earthy and rooty. This cereal character also feeds the end of the finish, which is smooth. On the retro-nasal olfaction, notes of strawberry bonbon, acacia honey and pine resin magnificently punctuate the tasting. The empty glass is praline, herbaceous and spicy (curry).