Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 May 2018 8:28 am by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 172,00

10 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Fettercairn 1988 SV

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 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 89 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 floral 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. 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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