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Overall rating
87.63/100
votes
29
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
07.12.1988
Bottled
24.01.2018
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
2038
Number of bottles
276
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
08 May 2018 8:28 am by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150,43

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29 × member ratings

40 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Fettercairn 1988 SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.63 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    More fruity, more subtle than cask 2037. This one is definitely better, even though the scores seem to suggest otherwise.
    • Nose
      Honey, slightly waxy. Vanilla, peach, hazelnut, sugar-roasted peanut and chive.
    • Taste
      A lovely waxy profile. Honey and orange. Hazelnut and a bit of beer-like barley. Water releases sour candy.
    • Finish
      Honey, hazelnut and vanilla.

  2. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting and complex, the rich oiliness (think of Clynelish) and fruitiness of this mature exBC-Malts persuade all along the line.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Honey, pineapple-lemon sorbet, lush flowering summer meadow with flowers and wild herbs, at the same time sweet and tart-spicy.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet-sour fruit wave, fruit salad with whipped cream, a little pink pepper, oil with blossom aroma (dandelion, elderberry), flat peaches, apricots.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Mouthwashingly long, with exactly the same aromas of nose and palate, gently pulsating and bringing the whole thing to a harmonious ending.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. PBoe70 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. robse211 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Without this false note that would be a really delicious malt. Too bad. But it seems to be lying to me. No idea why.
    • Nose
      First a very clear, fresh and cooling nose. Then lemon drops. Pear dish. Herbs and floral notes. Yeast. Anise. Subliminally, I somehow have an artificial and chemical touch. Plastic.
    • Taste
      White tea with a lot of sugar candy. In addition, clearly noticeable wax. Ordinary seasoning. Quite synonymous sharpness. Ginger. Again, unfortunately I have a disturbing note again. Now it reminds me a bit of rubber.
    • Finish
      First, through the many citrus notes, neat salivation. After that it gets drier and a bit bitter. Now rather the peel of citrus fruits. Again, the disturbing note resonates again.

  7. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In June there was one more dot of me.
    Now, tasted again a few months later, I realize: this seems to be a pronounced summer whisky, in the "Merry November" I like the rest of the bottle not so good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Old apple juice, a touch of pattex, a lot of ripe juice pear, oily heaviness with bitter almond flavors.
      With mineral water.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily grapefruit, candied ginger, honey cream sweets (with H2O = sage-sweets), over-ripe lemon, a round thing!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fast fading fruit flavors. But what lasts long is the salivation, with a few drops of water there is a nice old-school lemon drop finish.

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My surprise of the year so far, and one of the best ex-bourbon cask whiskies I've had. A great cask, and a steal at under 150 €.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A lovely, creamy, rich ex-bourbon cask, with corn starch sweetness and the dry warmth of sun-baked hay rolls. Vanilla, wild herbs and flowers. The age is immediately palpable, but not as vulgar woodiness, rather as a dusty, parched quality that's hard to pin down. The cask character is complemented by wonderfully idiosyncratic spirit notes: this is simultaneously waxy / oily and mineralic, like a good Clynelish. And as if that wasn't enough, there's also a lactic aspect (more like Edradour, less like Jura, thank God) and great balance between sweet and sour aromas. Shows more and more "yellow" fruit notes the longer it sits in the glass, most prominently quince and mirabelle. Really fun, multifaceted, and deep.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Ooooooooh yes, this is where it's at. Unbelievably creamy, dense, and oily, but also super sweet, displaying honey, pollen and beeswax in equal measure. Would've pegged this for Clynelish had I tasted this blind. Great balance of cereal and (exotic) fruit notes, mainly kiwi and kumquat. Sweet and sour balance is on point. No musty old wood at all. Spot on.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Old (but not tired) ex-bourbon oak notes, supremely dusty and warming, with a lemony fizz and very restrained tartness. Still a lot of honey and waxes.

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