Carn Mor Blair Athol Tasting Notes

Posted: July 3, 2015 in Blair Athol, Scotch Whisky A-G

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Blair Athol 2010 (5 year old) 46%

Refill(?) Sherry Butt/ Dist: 2010 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Fresh and barley’d aromas with hints of stewed apple and subtle, herbal sherry. A touch of vanilla, malt, green citrus and mashtun notes appear along with a late, dusty spice note.

The palate is quite sweet but a thread of tart citrus runs through it. Hints of barley, vanilla, treacle and herbal sherry. Freshens on the middle. Crisp, white fruit finish with a subtle smokiness and lingering sultana and fig. Starts of quite sweet but finishes austerely dry.


Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Blair Athol 1989 (24 year old) 57.2%

Bourbon Hogshead 6463/ Dist: Nov 1989 Btl: Oct 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2015

A beautifully honeyed and tropical nose of melon, pineapple, kiwi and apricot along with some classic, mature, sawdusty oak. Hints of grass, malt and wheat flakes appear. Stunning depth.

The palate is soft and barley’d  with hints of toffee and earthy, slightly must apricot. Definitely not as effusive as the nose and a little grubby. Hints of malt and coffee come through on the middle and the finish is quite bitter with a lingering mustiness. There is a remnant of tropical fruit on the after-taste but damn that bitterness! It’s a real shame as the nose was superb.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Blair Athol 1989 (26 year old?) ?abv

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 1989 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Now that’s quite a tart nose! Vibrant and zingy lime, gooseberry and white fruit burst from the glass with a touch of dusty American oak, fragrant honey and barley. Late hints of white liquorice, coffee and earth but the gorgeously mature oak steals the show!

Now, that’s an odd palate. Celery and botanical, herbal notes open the proceedings. Tartly citric but where is the supporting oak? I really don’t like the intense celery character and the alcohol masks any further development.

With water the nose becomes oily, muted and a little cardboardy. The palate likewise doesn’t take to being diluted at all as it basically becomes cardboardy sugar water. I had a feeling this might happen. That’s a real shame after such a promising nose.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Blair Athol 1991 (26 year old) 52.7%

Bourbon Cask 7297/ Dist: Aug 1991 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

A gorgeous nose of duty, mature American oak, but balanced by vibrant lime, gooseberry and fleshy apricot. Aromatic and fresh with hints of barley and charred oak.

Mellow and full on the palate with mature apricot, barley and hints of honey. Gentle, dusty oak appears along with the vibrant and zingy citrus that was on the nose. Really complex with developing, subtle oxidised fruit and coffee. Long, tangy and citric with almond, barley husks and a little drying tannin. A truly stunning whisky!

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