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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.19 points
- Another excellent Blair Athol which has a perfect balance of cask & distillery character. Very very nice and a must have tried!
The wine is decent in the back but it is present. Red fruits show up
The red fruits play with honey sweetness. Alcohol super implemented. Great dram!
Very nice long finish!
- Balance sheet (22) To my taste (90)
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)
Sweet-spicy.Fruits, wax, pepper (23)
Finish sweet, compote of dried fruits and spices, cream and date. (22)
- 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.
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.
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.
Tonic water with blueberries. Tree bark. Wet gravel.
- 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.