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Overall rating
88.82/100
votes
39
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
24.06.1988
Bottled
29.11.2017
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Hogheads
Casknumber
4859 & 4860
Number of bottles
427
Strength
54.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944096015
Added on
22 Jan 2018 12:11 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 214.50

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.82 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    After Cask 6843 of all the 1988 Blair Athols the best. For his 29 years, he comes surprisingly fruity and fresh, but without being able to deny his age. A very pleasing, dangerously tasty, well balanced malt of the top class. Given the taste and the price an absolute buy recommendation.
    • Nose
      Start with a bit, after a few seconds you go: floral sweetness, dates, pickled raisins, grapes, a hint of marzipan and liquorice. In addition a proper portion of spice flavors comes through: oak wood, old leather, cigar box. Wonderfully complex!
    • Taste
      Pleasantly creamy and oily, the Blair Athol is in the mouth. The alcohol at 54% is wonderfully integrated and can almost be described as "mild". The sweetness of the Nosing continues here. Everything is very intense and harmonious. The spice from the barrels is subtly in the background. It adds notes of light milk chocolate, which makes everything a bit more complex. Wow! Everything is wonderfully coordinated, everything pleasing and complex, nothing is superficially disturbing or anything. A treat.
    • Finish
      Long sea! Initially, the sweetness on the tip of the tongue and the cheeks holds itself superficially. Over time, the spiciness of the wood comes back and forms a good counterpart to the fruity aromas.

  2. Gloin did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The smell is extraordinary. I can not remember ever finding honeydew melon in a whisky. Despite the exotic, you can still recognize the whisky and the alcohol is perfectly integrated. It all sounds good, but maybe it's not for everyone.
    In the mouth, the whisky is a bit more classic, unfortunately without honeydew melon, but with the 28 year old age-appropriate oak. The alcohol is noticeable.
    The finish is a little too one-dimensional and the massive oak does not quite fit in memory of the nose.

    Overall, an interesting whisky with extraordinary flavors, but the nose, mouth and finish are not quite together. A few years less in the barrel might have been better.
    • Nose
      It begins with a very distinct aroma of honeydew melon, accompanied by some lemon, lime and tangerine, white grapes, a touch of woodruff, no alcoholic touch, sawdust, a little vanilla
    • Taste
      The body is very soft and creamy, the onset vigorous, unlike the nose you can feel the 54% in the mouth, the fruits remain exotic, but are slightly acidic, tangerine, citrus, a little passion fruit, white grapes, after a while in the mouth Oak becomes clear, slight bitterness, Nordic beer
      In the second sip the fruits come back, malt comes through and even more oak and bitter beer.
      The whisky needs time: a third sip 15 minutes later shows an amazing, previously hidden sweetness.
    • Finish
      Sour and not a little bit bitter, bitter beer, lime, the association of salt, the sour bitterness lingers on the palate for a long time
      After a quarter of an hour in the glass, this impression softens slightly, and the finish becomes sweeter.

  3. Eun1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The whisky offers the nose a scented carpet of concentrated, bright, sweet fruits - most likely dried apricots and fresh ripe peaches - clear apricot brandy aromas and delicately spicy wood notes.
    The spectrum of flavors is almost parallel: right at the beginning intense fruity sweetness on the tongue, a light fruity stillness after 20 years in the barrel and strong oak flavor, which surrounds and carries the fruit notes well, but does not cover them.
    He needs some time in the glass to reveal his potential and, in my opinion, tolerates a few drops of water to remove the residual sharpness caused by alcohol and to present the full extent of its solidity and volume.
    The spicy side dominates in the long finish; but this leaves room for a fine aftertaste of fruity accents.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A malt with character, who wants to be enjoyed and conquered with much time and love. Especially at the second test and after a long stay in the glass, the malt is even sweeter in the nose as on the palate, while it retains the leather and oak substance. I really like this Blair Athol.

    When I think of the 31-year-old Glenburgie from Glenscoma, the nose was even more bourbon-fruit-intensive, while the Blair Athol is at least as varied in form on the palate and the finish is great and even more impressive than Glenburgie. Let's just say this: This is the bourbon barrel fruit variant for oak spice lovers ... After the first tests, make 92 total points (91-92-93); the tendency is 93 points, because the malt sets after one and a half hours in the glass again quite properly.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Acts a bit closed at the beginning, wants to have time. First come grassy-fresh notes. The longer the malt is in the glass, the more green apple, some hay, a few Isabella grapes and a little malt sweetness come to light.
    • Taste
      92 92
      A very intense sweetness conquers the mouth. This is now the continuation of the Bourbon Bar, which started the Glendullan 13y, continued the fast-paced Pulteney in 1998, and culminated in 19-year-old Pulteney, Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series. This 29-year-old Blair Athol once again presents more mature fruits, on the one hand the oak looks "lighter" than in the 19-year-old Pulteney, on the other hand it is more intense. The apples in the hay and the Isabella grapes are joined by some leather - there it is again, the "old library", this time in the well-matured Bourbon barrel version.
    • Finish
      93 93
      In the finish, the light oak turns to the old dry wine cellar, the whole Bourbon fruit bunch is also more intense. A very long, lasting finish.

      A few drops of water lead in the nose from the Spiegelau Premium Snifter to barely stronger sweetness and on the palate and the finish changes little of the basic characteristics. For me, this malt needs no water.

  5. AlexBonoGreen scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Whisky SPILLING LIGHT ...

    How bright is the soul from the first train of this dram. The velvety tannic shell, in which the fragrance is wrapped, resembles childhood. Wooden cubes, tactilely rough, but impregnated with a thin layer of varnish, which gives a light trail. The light penetrates the window of the room, I sit on the floor and fold the turret of them. The soldier above was a little closer to the sun ...
    In general, a good balance. For 29 years, whisky very delicately matted barrel, received a delicate cut. The basis is well audible, up to a profile, and this one of the main advantages of this drink.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Overripe drunk melon in combination with fresh lemon freshness, lemon pie with zest. The summer garden, the heat, the air is saturated with the aromas of foliage, herbs and flowers, the fruit is fragrant on the table, attracting insects with its fragrance. Slightly sour shades in combination with malt. Lambic, very few spices, honey, red, unripe berries. And another highlight somewhere in the depths is an industrial theme. It is subtly and unobtrusively woven into the canvas. Steel shavings in oil. Spicy and bright!
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is honey-melon, citrus, pollen, floral shades, very natural, soft tannins, which are closer to the finish turn on stronger, creating roundness and completeness. Components a bit, but everything is organic.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Soft oak, lemon lozenges, a bit of perfume, herbal notes, pear duchess. Quite simply, thoughts return to the scent.

  6. matfrl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Balance 22
    • Nose
      Lemon zest, green grass, some cream, violet
    • Taste
      Lemograss, citrus, a little salt, leather
    • Finish
      Skin, pepper, walnut

  8. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  9. Макс scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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