Overall rating
90.10/100
votes
65
Whiskybase ID
WB100402
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
21.10.1988
Bottled
20.07.2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Wine Treated Butt
Casknumber
6930
Number of bottles
540
Strength
60.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944094011
Added on
02 sep 2017 4:41 pm by JSW
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 389.50

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65 × member ratings

128 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

15 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.10 points.

  1. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very good nose, such a high % is not felt, does not prick and does not hit with its force. Only in taste can one determine that this dram is over 60%.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Delicate and attractive - thin leather gloves, hazelnuts, raisins, red apples and marmalade.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The body is dense with sharpness from high%. The taste is sweetish peppery - honey, a pinch of pepper, nutmeg, plum jam.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long - plums and oatmeal cookies.

  2. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose: wine-ferment notes, spices, greens, boiled vegetables, nuts in honey, berry jam. Taste: fruit, honey, pepper, tobacco, cherry stone. The finish is medium, wood and wine bitterness. 22.5-22.5-22-22
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Owidram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Neat it's hot and burning, sharp mix of leather, dust, and some fig / apricot in the background, but remains on the bitter side because of its strength. It grows considerably over time and needs water added.
    With a first splash of water it displays dry and oxidised, jura like, white wine aromas and anise.
    With another splash and some more time, you get an enormous change it becomes more thick and full of delicious candied aromas and spices. Really really impressive if we speak about volume because it really coats the mouth then.
    Finish is long.
    It took some time to get to understand this malt which needs at least 60 to 70 minutes in the glass to really shine.
    But then, what a treat.
    This is excellent but a really demanding dram, this is not for beginners, that's for sure, and you cannot be in a hurry to approach that one.

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    06.12.2021, blind
    • Nose
      Slightly musty, some earth, apple, cinnamon, currants, grasses, herbs, nuts, strawberries, blackberries, wild berry jam
    • Taste
      Dried herbs, some earth, dried apricots, herb candy, passion fruit, lemon fizzy sticks, nuts, wild berry jam, some wood

  5. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting:

    rather closed on the nose, on the palate it shows a nice sherry fruity profile, very special and aromatic in the finish. delicious!
    • Nose
      light sherry aromas, nuts, dried fruits, slightly earthy, honey, a few berries
    • Taste
      very strong at the start. Completely different from the nose, sherry aromas, dried fruits, a bit spicy, caramel, nuts, raisin, oak
    • Finish
      Strongly aromatic with lots of dark fruits, earth, leather, oak, some cinnamon stays on the tongue. Very intensive

  6. Vallado scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Mascht scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    this malt takes time, first restrained, then a sweet red fruit bomb
    • Nose
      91 91
      A little restrained at the beginning, gradually spices reveal themselves followed by overripe strawberries, currants, orange peel, rose soap, soup greens, grape seeds, brown sugar and mace
    • Taste
      90 90
      pleasantly creamy and mouth-filling, red fruits again with dried peaches and honey but also musty notes such as leather and boiled beef
    • Finish
      91 91
      long, sweet and bitter; red fruits and honey remain

  8. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A malt to drink. But I don't necessarily have to have it in the glass again. Sounds probably hard now, but I would have expected something else in the average rating.
    But of course he's not bad.
    • Nose
      The over 60% can already be heard, but not penetrating. But he opens with water. Red fruits. Are more berries like not quite ripe strawberries and raspberries. A few of them are moldy and fermented a little. Even freshness. Sage. Seasoning like nutmeg also comes through.
    • Taste
      Sweetness at first. Aronia honey. Glucose. In addition mineral notes. In addition, tart and hearty notes spread. Game ragout with cranberries. Then a certain fruity bitterness. Blood orange.
    • Finish
      Tonic water with blueberries. Tree bark. Wet gravel.

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in tandem with its twin (WB ID 97735).

    Same refill-y character as its sister bottling, but this one is a bit sweeter on the nose, and I can't detect any sulphur at all, which isn't necessarily a good thing in this context. Fruity and sweet: peaches and berries. More winey than its counterpart. Clearly perceptible, but subdued wood, nicely resiny. Very good nose, but not a total knockout, rather like a lighter, fruitier, well-sherried Glenfarclas.

    Like its sister cask, this, to my mind, needs water. Diluted, a highly welcome herbal element comes out along with the savory notes (beef stock, all kinds of umami) that I already found in the other bottling. I'm gonna say: parsley. Very nice; this really benefits from some water and some time to settle.

    Meaty, dark and robust on the tongue, with burnt caramel and thick gravy. I think this one is actually better on the palate: less rubbery, more herbal, a bit deeper and more complex. Finishes perhaps a tad more interesting than its twin due to the additional herbal aspect.

    Quality-wise, it's a toss-up: this one boasts the better palate, the other one is more interesting on the nose. Both are very good, substantial drinking whiskies, and not only for those who would like to know what this paxarette business was all about.

  12. Макс scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another excellent Blair Athol which has a perfect balance of cask & distillery character. Very very nice and a must have tried!
    • Nose
      The wine is decent in the back but it is present. Red fruits show up
    • Taste
      The red fruits play with honey sweetness. Alcohol super implemented. Great dram!
    • Finish
      Very nice long finish!

  14. Fassstärke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (22) To my taste (90)
    • Nose
      Rotten fruits, strange brave notes, pastries (fresh) ... but the aroma is powerful, thick ... even sticky. Salt and honey, a baked apple and a scrap of dohlatina.Old spices, leather, wooden board. (23)
    • Taste
      Sweet-spicy.Fruits, wax, pepper (23)
    • Finish
      Finish sweet, compote of dried fruits and spices, cream and date. (22)

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