The Sipping Shed Blair Athol 11 Year Old
Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch
Bottler: The Sipping Shed
Founder: Dan Hipshon
Distillery: Blair Athol
Age: 11 years old
Region: Highlands, Scotland
Spirit: Single malt scotch
Cask Type: Refill sherry hogshead
Cask Ref: 301012
Alcohol by Volume: 59.1%
Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration
Outturn: 114 bottles
Bottle Size: 700ml
Sipping Shed Blair Athol 11 Tasting Notes
Nose: Immediate wow factor – dried fruit, peaches, nectarine and Bakewell tart. Jammy and intense. The refill sherry cask adds sweet spice but never overwhelms the distinct distillery character that adds floral notes and a hint of herbal heather. The nose on this whisky is just delightful so take your time.
Palate: A rich palate with dried fruits from the refill sherry cask combining delightfully with cooked stone fruits from the elegant spirit which also provides a gentle herbaceous element that plays with the wood spice from the cask. There’s a touch of cinnamon over a malty nuttiness, mocha and creamy toffee. A wonderful, warming whisky, complex and intriguing yet very approachable and easily tamed with a drop of water.
Finish: A delightful finish balancing fruity notes with spices. Impressive length, improved with just a drop of water.
About this whisky
A note from Dan: Already a Blair Athol convert, I was really pleased to get this cask. The refill sherry means you get the classic sherried notes you’d expect but your never overwhelmed by the sherry. I like a good sherry bomb but there’s plenty of those and I wanted to showcase the distillery more than the cask. As such this bottling shows balance and you get the fresh fruits, floral notes and nuttiness of the spirit against the dried raisins, oak and spice from the sherry cask.