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Overall rating
88.90/100
votes
89
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt (European Oak)
Casknumber
VM20634
Number of bottles
360
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Family Silver
Barcode
5024720858449
Added on
02 Jul 2018 5:27 pm by Norbs
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.60

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 1988 VM

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.90 points

  1. stollimaus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Notes of the Bottler:
    Please note that our latest Family Silver release is a “teaspooned “ malt from arguably the most famous distillery in Speyside. The distillery in question built its sterling reputation by being heavily sherried in style and our bottling is packed full of stewed fruits, rich sherry and spice. A truly delicious dram.

    Notes of la Boutique du Chemin:
    Making the analysis of the bottlers comments, it can be only or a 99?..% Glenfarclas or MacAllan.
    As we know it is not a Glenfarclas, you can make your conclusion.
    After tasting we can only confirm our first idea.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Nougatine, hazelnut paste, cranberry and toffee. Behind the blanket of sherry there's apple and peach. Water releases a woodiness.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Tobacco, mocha, blackberry, hazelnut paste and leather.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Mocha, blackberry, hazelnut paste and tobacco.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very strange and special blend. In my opinion not bad, but unfortunately no grenade. Somehow I am disturbed by the sulphurous fruits and the partly musty notes of sulfur, whereby I somehow react to some kind of sulfur "allergic" ... Good drinkable, but also very special.

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Relatively bright caramel with a reddish glow shines in the Premium Snifter. Slightly musty sulphured berries and grapes emerge, smoky elements appear minimally, while the nose is characterized by dirty earth tones and dark, yellow fruits. Lightly burnt sugar and old, hard toffee follow ... The nose changes and old leather comes to the fore with dried tobacco leaves. Apricot and velvety peach sparkle on, minimally brings back a hint of sulfur in combination with dark yellow fruit and earthy, smoky elements to the fore. The nose does not really know what she wants: sometimes it is dirty earthy, sometimes smoky, sometimes sweet and characterized by dark yellow fruits, the slightly sulphurous and musty note just does not want to be overcome by the other flavors ...
    • Taste
      Mild, the first sip flows over the tongue. Smoky dark and fermented fruit come to light, the musty fruit aroma ends in chocolate, a touch of espresso and subtle sharpness. Also in terms of taste, this "Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey" does not really know what he wants. Sweetness, fruit, chocolate, smoke, light sulfur, cherries and peaches, spicy wood tones and a hint of tobacco with wet leather. As the Schwabe says: "Von ällem ebbes", in high German: "something of everything" ...
    • Finish
      The aftertaste starts with hazelnuts and spicy cedar wood. Slowly, muffy sulfur aroma rises again, whereby I do not really feel the sulfurous aroma as disturbing. Old walnuts mingle with a hint of tobacco and leather, the fruity elements are hardly noticeable to me. Caramel and nut chocolate dissolve dominant walnuts and again a hint of tobacco ...

  4. dramark scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    a great whiskey with good PLV
    • Nose
      93 93
      old sherry, leather, cocoa, nougat praline, mobile polish, fruits like apple, plum
    • Taste
      92 92
      Cocoa, raisins, nice chocolate flavors, nuts, tobacco, a little glue pot
    • Finish
      93 93
      warm, long, sweet

  5. JungleDram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    He smells like Glenfarclas but tastes more like Macallan. I can not fix myself here. Although it is a very nice malt all in all, it is just too mild for 50% ABV from the First Fill Olorosso barrel and therefore a bit boring. I had expected more sherry and a little more strength here. Price-performance is okay.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Rien scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. markkuyper scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Stef89 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Great, old malt with a lot of heights and little depths. Very dignified style. White at the nose and in the taste to convince but decreases in the finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Strong nose. The alcohol is very reserved and rather as "fresh" to recognize. The typical sherry aroma always hover in the background and form a great framework, but never jostle in the foreground. A true gentleman. Here I definitely have roasted hazelnuts, but without 1 gram of sugar off.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A slightly sour, strong onset. The hazelnuts are back. Old, but well maintained leather. Light smoke. The open tabacco box in a library.
      Still a palate flatterer but always with enough strength for me.
      As you can see it invites you to dream.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish, he lets up. He fades relatively quickly on the tongue. White pepper on the tip of the tongue remains behind.
      What stays long is leather and a certain dryness.

  10. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Great sherry malt. Relatively old school. The tobacco or smoke is a bit too much for me. Overall, my nose was much rounder and more stimulating than the taste. But it's definitely worth trying :)

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