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Review: Blair Athol 12 - Flora And Fauna - 43%

When it comes to Blair Athol, I'm a bit of a novice. Prior to picking up this bottle in October last year, my only previous experience was with the 11-year-old from McGibbon's Provenance range, which I thought was decent stuff.

This Flora and Fauna bottling is a quite different beast - a much more robust dram and one that I've taken a bit of a shine to. I wouldn't call this an 'everyday dram' - it's quite a meaty malt, but the fact I've demolished the majority of the bottle in just a couple of months would suggest I found it pretty tasty!

For me, this needs at least 15 minutes in the glass before diving into. I find it makes a big difference. Water didn't do much for me.

The initial smell is of a mix of blackcurrant and strawberry jam, but underneath I get quite a lot of savoury smells - Twiglets or marmite on slightly burnt toast. There's also a drop or two of soy sauce and an aniseed/fennel whiff about it. All good though! There's also a …

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