This Blair Athol 14 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish is a fantastic find. Independently bottled in the Darkness range, this one is a sherried celebration of the Pitlochry distillery. This has spent 14 years maturing, which includes a six month finish in Oloroso sherry octave casks. These tiny casks allow for a huge uptake in flavour. Like all expressions in the Darkness range, this single malt whisky is free from chill filtration and artificial colouration.
The nose is one of freshly baked shortbread, fudge chocolate, and almonds. Bitter cocoa, juicy orange, sultanas, and toasted oak all arrive on the palate. The finish is long and punchy, with nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and a sweet caramel characteristic.