Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
50.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Nov 2017 11:01 am by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 249.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glenturret 1988 SV

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.28 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose is not so mine, in the mouth I think that's great and the finish is pretty awesome.

    What could that be? Everything! Find the idea with the Clynelish but good.
    Objection: Wax note and Clynelish definitely fits very well ... but does the rest fit?
    No, not the rest, but you know, in principle it can be anything. At least I would get involved with non-Speyside, but that's also advised.

    So the mouthfeel is really awesome, exactly my thing actually. Nothing that kills you and a nice change from the tip of the tongue to the finish.

    Bourbon keg, I do not think so. Rather refill sherry or really any wine.

    Notes from a blind online chat tasting.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Bites something in the nose, otherwise very full, pear, fermented fruit, malt. Settles pretty fast, much calmer now. No more fermentation notes, at least barely, vanilla full, coffee! I had rarely in the nose so far. First warm a lot of lemon and beeswax. Is becoming increasingly acidic. The acid then goes back and he looks increasingly harsh with herbs, the fermentation notes come back too.

      After the first sip, the nose is now much darker. (My son thinks he smells like a Pils!). Acts now very civilized compared to earlier. Still, vinous notes are still in the nose, just not so fermented.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Prickling at the start, I clearly see it over 46%, at least 50. On the flavors side, first honey and herbs divide the field, with a few fruity accents. At first it could be pineapple, later it would be banana. Overall, very pleasant. I do not believe in the Sauternes. Nose yes, mouth no.

      The second sip is noticeably faster, otherwise the same picture becomes sweeter at the back.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Is much sweeter on the finish and is actually surprisingly long. Warms up nicely too.

      Second sip: Now puts a really very pleasant acidity on the palate. Now also developing an idea menthol.

  2. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice thing. I can understand the hype. With a little bit of water he gets better again. Will be "warmer" and "waxy". The waxiness is very pronounced and even topped almost Clynelish, for example.
    • Nose
      Orange blossom honey. Marzipan. Almond flavor. Vanilla semolina pudding. Quittengelee. Apricot dumplings. Papaya. Hints of pineapple. Maybe also some lime. Little coconut. The spice of the oak stands out again and again. Something wax?
    • Taste
      Powerful start and very mouth-filling. Wow! Really a lot of wax. There was only a small memory in the nose, but massive in the mouth. Do I have a Clynelish in the glass here? I like it! In addition apricot jam. Dosenlitschi. Pear juice. Then it tingles and the oak says hello.
    • Finish
      Pear dish. Wax. Orange jam.

  3. fritzbrause scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Awesome Whisky. In a SMWS category i would say: "Old and Dignified". Tropical fruits, almonds, wood, wonderfully balanced. Fantastic value for money. Try it with water. Simply wonderful whats happening than. The Whisky opens up as a flower and all the aromas multiplied. 

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, old Bourbon barrel! Good PLV
    • Nose
      Cider, apple compote, freshly opened Haribo gold bear bag, a slightly sour note of apple cider vinegar, but it quickly vanishes, then come lemon, orange juice and some Mediterranean herbs, wine gums, now also pineapple and fennel tea.
    • Taste
      Creamy-oily mouthfeel, vanilla pudding with oranges, honey, green tea, slightly astringent, again gummy bears, pineapple, lemon juice and almonds,
    • Finish
      Subtle pepper, slightly nutritious, creamy, sweet and quite long

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a delicious beautiful unexplaining Bourbon barrel paints as he likes me - price is again very ok, unfortunately not on barrel # 529 ran
    • Nose
      Dusty wood, green tea, fennel, thyme - a subtle - rising sweetness with cardboard and oak cabinet parts. With more time a delicate fruitiness with lemon, orange and a hint of pineapple - but the lemon dominates already
    • Taste
      astringent creamy oak, birch sap concentrate, tart (like champagne) sour, mouth-filling subtle sweet old lemon - geranium foliage, teen, beautifully aged, delicate, elegant and delicious but not particularly intense - with the second sip of canned pineapple (white gummy bears) and some apricot
    • Finish
      becoming drier, dusty wood, grape seeds, lightly dusted with baking cocoa - fine acidity, nice texture, some pepper

  6. Kimba scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Oily the glenturret runs into the glass. When I turn it, beautiful streaks are visible on the inside of the glass. The nose is wonderful. Nothing bothers. Nice caramel sweet with ripe fruits. A basket full. Yellow red blue ... and above all this sticky sweetness. The alcohol pushes everything forward nicely ... With time, everything is nice and round and it merges into a whole ... very, very good. It is creamy in the mouth and the turret dresses the mouth. The fruits and sweetness remain, the alcohol brings pepper with what harmonizes very well. There is also a beautiful oak that is not too intrusive. With water, he becomes a little tame as the counterpoint of alcohol takes a back seat. Since he is almost "liqueur-like" The finish is appropriate and sounds sweet. Very very successful and for me a whisky over 90 points .. J.

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [Blindtasting Notes]

    Tip: An honest, older (somewhere between 23 and 28 years old, I would type), unpolished and somewhat idiosyncratic malt with a clear distillery character, which I am now very excited about the resolution ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Definitely a natural, somewhat uncouth fellow in a rustic country house style, with a lot of grain, straw, strong wood flavor and a slightly yeasty-fermented note that reminds me of Lomond or Glen Scotia. The whole thing seems to have matured for a long time and therefore also has really pleasant, sedate ex-bourbon flavors in the luggage, which come across as herbaceous and oily. Also slightly earthy, with associations of damp forest soil and mold.
    • Taste
      86 86
      More like 46% than cask strength, I would say. Very mild and gently sweet and sour, like naturally cloudy apple juice, up to the middle, then the barrel comes into play and it becomes spicier and more resinous, with tree sap and essential oils. I like the second half better, but somehow it seems quite mild to me because of the lack of steam and pressure. There is always a slightly milky, cheesy note that could add Jura or Fettercairn to the ranks of the above-mentioned distilleries.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nice texture at the back, oily-waxy, taste with a maritime touch (sea salt, olive brine). Overall, it is more at home on the tangy, tangy, herbaceous side.

  8. Copshop68 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: Old gold.

    Comment: Many thanks to Mexximal!
    • Nose
      I was already worried about my nose ... The thicker, fatter, deeper of the two turrets, bergamot oil, massive lilac and violet scent, fresh pine needles, powdered sugar and orange peel. Also has something fermentative, maybe mash, plus hot bitumen. Thyme. With water: A very fragile plant ... More than a teaspoon drowns your nose, refilling has at least partially retained the floral scent.
    • Taste
      Thick and resinous with a lot of wood, of course lilac, a little violet, porridge, lime peel and more and more polished oak. With water: malty, resinous and darker. Bitumen, black bread and charred wood. With a little less water: more lilacs, plus coffee with milk. Fresh, green fir branches, very tasty.
    • Finish
      Long, resin and lilac scent, some mint, black tea.

  10. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This looks like a shared cask with this one


    But the DR was bottled roughly 2 & half years before with a slightly higher abv, so possibly this Signatory was left in the hoggy to be bottled at a later date??


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