The Sovereign K&L Exclusive Blair Athol 12 Year Sherry Cask (2009)

Scotch Whisky Review #391: The Sovereign K&L Exclusive Blair Athol 12 Year Sherry Cask (2009)

Distillery: Blair Athol.

Bottler: Hunter Laing.

Region: Speyside.

Age: 12 Year. Distilled in 2009. Bottled in 2021.

Cask Number: HL180870.

Cask Type: Sherry.

ABV: 59.0%.

Color: 1.4, Tawny.


Nose: This might be one of the more sulfured whiskies I’ve had. There’s sherry and tons of it along with the seemingly endless sulfur notes. After leaving it out overnight, the sulfur does greatly reduce to the point where it is all almost gone and the nose is fairly pleasant as it’s just a sherry bomb now.

Palate: It’s quite simple. There’s some malt, a hint of sherry, and a touch of chocolate. That’s it. Water does nothing to it.

Finish: Very, very short. Basically nothing lingers period.


Conclusion: For all of my love of heavily sherried whiskies, I’ve either been incredibly lucky to not run across many that are heavily sulfured or just have a high tolerance for it. This Blair Athol at first really pushed those limits. The nose straight from the sample bottle might be one of the most sulfured whiskies I’ve had the displeasure of smelling and I couldn’t really get past it at first. After giving it a copious amount of resting time, it does dissipate but it just leaves behind maybe the most flavorless sherried whisky I’ve had. After lots of rest, it isn’t bad, but certainly very far from what I’d be looking for on the regular.

Final Score: 71.


Scotch Whisky Review #391, Speyside Review #141, Whisky Network Review #545


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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