Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Stated Age
29 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Nov 2017 5:33 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 108.90

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.29 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    At first, there's fruitiness from the distillate (pears, bananas), creaminess (yoghurt, custard) from the - presumably ex-Bourbon - hogshead as well as really intriguing mineralic and waxy notes (slabs of slate, wax paper), which I would ascribe to long-term maturation. Everything is cloaked in the mustiness of damp old wood, yet it's not over-oaked. The liquid is nicely clingy and languid for 46%. This looks - and smells - promising. Displays an additional floral aspect when water is added.

    Begins woody, musty and tart, then creamy sweetness, exotic fruits, a splash of lime and zingy white pepper appear; the latter elements keep it from turning stale. White chocolate at the death; lemon sherbet in the aftertaste. A mineralic dryness throughout, along with a waxy texture that I really enjoy.

    This one is interesting enough to warrant buying a bottle in my opinion. It juggles a certain "inactive-cask austerity" with a well-aged, woody sumptuousness and retains enough of the Blair Athol fruitiness to keep things lively. Despite 29 years in the cask, this hasn't become bitter, which is an added plus. It may not be the epitome of complexity, but it's certainly interesting, and well worth the (original) asking price. If you enjoy Craigellachie 23, you'll also dig this.

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty and interesting, nice example for lame barrel + a lot of time = good whisky.
    About 100-110 € you can at 29J. then probably do not complain.
    • Nose
      fruity-spicy-sweet - apple and pear compote, orange jelly, canned peach, cinnamon, light menthol fresh, fresh sawdust, very light smoke
    • Taste
      again orange / peach, then white & milk chocolate, in the mouth is always spicy and woody, chocolate goes in the direction of coffee, white pepper
    • Finish
      long, coffee, wood, pepper, leather, a hint of red wine gums

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A solid, but certainly not very complex Blair Athol who misses a bit of complexity for his age.
    • Nose
      Sweet malt, has some very oldschooliges, dry, dried fruit, sweet pear, lychee, camphor and sweet grasses, some banana and some smoked notes quite discreetly behind
    • Taste
      Camphor, sweet malt again, macadamia nuts, lemon with shell, coffee beans, some scratchy oak, chocolate and very dry pear
    • Finish
      Lemongrass, ginger, coffee beans, medium long

  4. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. wbarchive_336582 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    malthead: 87 points

  6. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A solid old Blair Athol, who probably matured in a rather inactive barrel. Good but certainly not outstanding.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Overripe, exotic fruits, clearly banana, fermented fruit, sweet pastries, creamy and waxy, a hint of smoke, mint, old wood. Over time, I find citrus notes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry, old oak, creamy-sweet custard, spice from the oak, no bitter notes. Overall, unfortunately, little complex for the age.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, creamy, wood, some citrus notes.

  7. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91


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