Overall rating
87.68/100
votes
64
Whiskybase ID
WB105061
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Local Dealer Selection
Vintage
07.12.1988
Bottled
27.11.2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
2032
Number of bottles
178
Strength
54.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944095964
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
14 dec 2017 3:09 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.99

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64 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Fettercairn 1988 SV

17 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.68 points.

  1. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautifully fragrant, floral, creamy nose with vanilla pudding, meadow flowers, citrus fruits and pineapple.
    On the palate it needs dilution, otherwise it is too spicy. Adding water also gives it a pleasantly grippy texture. A lot of honey at the back, tart herbs, a little spiciness, and an interesting, dirty, greasy touch (mineral oil), which reminds me of some Deanstons.

    Very pleasing and pleasant to drink, but falls short of my personal Fettercairn benchmark (WID 112074) as it lacks the waxiness.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very light on the nose with gooseberries and associations of fresh sawdust or freshly sharpened pencils. Behind it light green apples.

    In the mouth it is fruity-sweet and creamy, before the oak turns out to be relatively fresh and woody in the finish.
    Length: 4/10

    Overall not quite my taste, after such a long time I was expecting a heavier and more complex character. In addition, the fresh wood character makes it appear younger.

    Grade: 2

  4. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of moderate intensity. I have aromas of pear, honey, oak, citrus fruit and subtle vanilla. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. Alcohol is pretty well integrated and its body is relatively light.

  5. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Looks much younger than he is.
    Re-tasting with a little ventilation brought a few more points after half a year.
    Before that 86/86/86
    • Nose
      86 86
      Restrained, "cool", herbs, slightly mineral, we then a little more rustic, moist earth, roots, slightly waxy, baked apple
      More rustic with water, ham is added, damp wood
    • Taste
      87 87
      Hot, pepper, needs water: slightly acidic, lemon peel, pipe tobacco, essential oils, a touch of sweetness, but hardly gets through
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and warm, bitter, sour, woody, oak, chewing tobacco

  6. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Pear, honey, oak, citrus, caramel, subtle vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honey sweetness, vanilla, oak, pear, oily
    • Finish
      90 90
      Pleasant, intense, long-lasting

  7. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wonderfully old-fashioned and aromatic. Bouillon cubes, dried mushrooms, citrus zest, salt, lots of malt, yeast and soil. Wonderfully put together. Gradually, a trace of smoke.
      With water: more aromatic but also more intense and fruity. In addition, flowering heather, blossom honey, wet ropes and malt.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully aromatic with a strong earthy onset. Full seasoning, yeast, malt and a hint of smoke. Will be spicy and quite energetic.
      With water: complex, aromatic and emphasizes earthy. Becomes a bit heavier and finely spicy.
    • Finish
      Long, aromatic, sticky and again slightly dried mushrooms and bouillon cubes.

  8. wako93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Cross comparison with the filling of TWA, WID: 97176

    Had made too much riot without water. Have slightly diluted. Should now have 50 turns.

    Overall, a tad worse than the TWA, because here the sharpness seems too dominant. Although a little more fruit comes along.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Green apple + banana. Overall sweet, honey? Sharpness sometimes flashes through. It definitely makes you want to.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet start. Nice acid and still a ginger sharpness. Creamy mouthfeel that also tastes like honey. Overripe tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very pleasant. Slight acidity and a bit bitter at the end. Very harsh overall. Every now and then the tropical fruits sound again.

  9. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A roller coaster. So many flavors so well integrated. I really like this (for me leather) note. Coupled with herbs and fruits and vanilla and honey, malt also wonderfully available.
    A real dream of a malt.
    • Nose
      I have no idea where to start. Very sweet, fruit and vanilla, but also herbs at the same time. Clear leather; Malt is there too; A great oak, citrus, honey all at once; wonderful herbs
    • Taste
      Boa, what a roller coaster. Immediately leather, then sweet and oily, light oak, sometimes slightly tart, then sweet again. Beautiful fruits, then herbs and flowers, leather again and again, the hammer the part
    • Finish
      Warm, oak, malt and fruit, walnut ?; becomes slightly bitter, then again sweet, then again oak, etc. Delicate oak remains long, dries minimally. What a great malt.

  10. The_Independent scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautifully matured Bourbon barrel whisky, fruity, strong and voluminous. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet and set with very well integrated alcohol. Yellow bourbon fruit: peach, pear compote, a dash of lime, lemon zest, spicy and herbaceous from the oak, a bit of menthol.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Heavy and oily, strong onset that fills the mouth, tingling ginger, initially sweet peach, slightly sour citrus, slight bitterness from the oak, however, very restrained for the age, walnut and chocolate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The long finish is characterized by herbs, chocolate, spicy notes and a little bourbon fruit.

  11. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. nhuber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    #4 of the local dealer Tasting. Now it finally gets interesting... Ok nose But very long and smooth in the mouth... Just keeps on going and changing while staying very present in the mouth.... Just a drop of water makes it smoother, but be careful with water. 

  15. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a nicely matured, gentle, quite fruity Dram especially on the palate neatly turns on and optimally brings his age to advantage - price performance I think is great - but a direct Do-Wollen-Reiz is not there yet - the Scoma Burgie 86 has me well dirty
    • Nose
      Fresh in the glass, herbaceously austere, with more time it gets more pleasing, oily oak, some old lemon, delicate pineapple notes - which warms ever more intense, spicy honey, fresh light oak with lots of mint and ethereal notes like rosemary, citrus and eucalyptus
    • Taste
      At first sourish sweet with intense almost overwhelming lemon note, apples, pears, fresh and canned pineapple, that sounds pretty fast - he gets calmer - with some chewing geranium leaves, covered green tea, jasmine flowers, astringent light oak, birch sap, vegetable spicy tannins, the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy viscous, nice texture
    • Finish
      roasted grains, light flour, cultivated oak spiciness - multi-faceted, fine, spicy, slightly waxy, here you can feel the age, quite long and warm

  17. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a great "Cereal" Malt. Lots of fruit and ripe wood notes with cereal arms. I did not know that yet.
    • Nose
      Pure: slightly pungent at first, lemon in orange lemonade. When that's over, pineapple follows with yogurt, honey and cereals, cereals and herbs on top. Very ripe, very complex without being woody. With water it becomes more flowery, "clearer", more accessible.
    • Taste
      Pure: concentrated fruit at the beginning, then spicy oak with white pepper, salt and a pinch of parsnip. Here, too, herbs and a delicious muesli note. Complex and complex. Not quite as round as the Linkwood. With water: tasty, slightly malty and less spicy.
    • Finish
      long, malty and fruity.

  18. Lorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great ex-bourbon barrel! Supple and "old", but at the same time intense and powerful. 88 points.
    • Nose
      Vanilla and pineapple are right there. Spicy, aromatic oak, which quickly gains in intensity. Very sweet with sour lime splashes. I smell a little coconut. Even some malt character is noticeable. Lemon cake roll. Peach, passion fruit. Fine wood chips. Now herbs are added. Oregano and some dill. The nose is getting older by the minute, tobacco gets into the nose after the inclusion of the palate.
    • Taste
      An oak dominated, full and astringent mouthfeel begins. Sweet, lemon and vanilla. A whole fresh fruit salad with pineapple, apples, oranges and sugared almond slivers. A good deal of tobacco creeps up and governs the re-tasting. Chocolate that is slowly getting darker. The alcohol is super involved. The second sip is sweeter but has more tobacco.
    • Finish
      Warm and sweet with tobacco and delicate bitterness. Medium to long.

  19. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

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