Nov 30

Blairfindy 1976 Natural Strength Sherry Cask Scotch – Review

Blairfindy 1976 Natural Strength Sherry Cask ScotchBlairfindy 1976 Natural Strength Sherry Cask Single Speyside Malt Whisky

102.2 Proof

Price Point: Unknown for 750 ML

Distiller: Blairfindy (Glenfarclas)

 

Background

A Google search of “Blairfindy” will yield some interesting results.  According to the Blackadder website, “Blairfindy is a single malt from the only family owned distillery on Speyside at Marypark, Ballindalloch.  For legal reasons we can never put the actual distillery name of this whisky on the label.  We use the name Blairfindy because this is the name of the farm that the owning family, the Grants, came from.  They are historically referred to as the ‘Blairfindy Grants.’

After a little more digging through the interwebs, I’ve found that this was indeed distilled by the Glenfarclas distillery.

The whisky reviewed here was distilled on May 10, 1976 and bottled in September 2000.  If my math is correct, that makes this bottle of whisky 24 years old.

 

Review

The nose on Blackadder Blairfindy 1976 starts with a lot of malt and a big sherry influence.  It’s a tad leathery with strawberries and cream (Glenlivet 15, anyone?).  This seems well-aged from the nose alone.

In the mouth, this whisky tastes very mature with big sherry and lots of leather.  Blairfindy 1976 is creamy with lots of sweet malt, and definite Speyside characteristics likening it to the Glenlivet (in my opinion).  There’s a touch of pine, some sweet sugar cane, and tiny bit of peppermint here.  Lots of bold flavor at 51.1% ABV.

The finish starts out very sweet, followed by a lingering, spicy/sherry-filled taste.

 

Rating & Recommendations

I really enjoyed Blackadder Blairfindy 1976, so it has earned a rating of 91 out of 100.

This is my favorite of the Blackadder series thus far.  It may be because I favor sherried single malts, or perhaps that this is just a superior dram.

 

-Ryan

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