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Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
35
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
24.06.1988
Bottled
08.05.2018
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
4856
Number of bottles
181
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 Jul 2018 2:25 pm by Titan2015
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 167.87

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.30 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An incredibly complex and multi-layered malt. Old, dignified and yet with an incredible start and volume. The interplay of the flavors is impressive, a great bottling. Thumbs up and deserved 91 points!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Bright amber shines in the glass, from the oily streaks adhering to the glass wall a multitude of small "legs" are released. An incredibly intense nut note stands out heavily from the premium snifter, sweet vanilla and fruity orange flavors mingling with creamy hazelnuts, apricots and peaches are in the foreground. The nose becomes noticeably sweeter and more fruity, from time to time the alcohol tickles slightly in the nose, an interplay of flavors begins. Caramelized sugar and candied fruit mingle with velvety vineyard peach and creamy apricots, oranges and mandarins flash, raisins scurry past, echoes of citrus fruits emerge. Minimal spicy wood tones with a sometimes harsh impact, followed immediately push sweet vanilla and honey back into the foreground. The nose is extremely complex and whets the appetite for more ... echoes of leather and green apple stimulate the salivation, mirabelle plum and quince exude their lovely fragrance.
    • Taste
      Tart wood tones tickle the tongue, dark fruit and woody aroma floods the palate with a cozy warmth. Suddenly my salivation begins ... Sweet apricots and peaches end with a touch of dried fruits and raisins, a hint of cinnamon mingles with a scraped-out vanilla pod, little by little tart citrus aromas in the form of grapefruit come to light. The second sip is shown at the beginning of its sweet and creamy side before suddenly a pinch of white pepper spreads over the tongue and massively stimulates the salivation. Dark oak tones stick to the palate, whale and hazelnuts come on, abrasion of grapefruit peels trickles on the tongue, the mouthfeel becomes extremely creamy and oily. A slightly rancid nut mixture swims in the saliva under the tongue, dark peach flavors mingle with hints of butter cake and biscuit.
    • Finish
      For a long time, the complex and complex aromas of the taste are remembered, and the cozy warmth sticks with dark fruit and spicy woody aromas on the palate. Oily and creamy hints of harsh citrus fruit come to light, old walnuts and roasted hazelnuts stick to the cheeks inside, again my saliva is stimulated ... The interplay between sweet, fruity and subtly bitter or harsh aromas in wonderful. From the tart citrus aromas dissolves a fine menthol note and refreshes the palate.

  2. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky needs time. I did not understand it as soon as I opened the bottle, but after standing for several months, it changed and opened. Fancy and addictive whisky
    • Nose
      A rather delicate sherry nose, sweet dried fruits, honey and vanilla, then goes into coffee and chocolate tones, balanced and gentle
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, wood in oil, some dark chocolate and strawberries with cream, raisins and plums
    • Finish
      honey and fruit with woody sourness and vanilla

  3. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful copy of a long and dignified matured malice from the ex-Bourbon barrel. Versatile, never boring.
    An at least medium sip increases the pleasure in the mouth!
    • Nose
      Clearly waxy and nutty, fresh green apples, melon, honey. Fresh and alcoholic at the beginning, but that settles. Far behind and increasingly clear the fine spiciness from good long-standing ex-Bourbon barrel ripening.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy, some wax covers the tongue, spicy forest honey, "spicy" on the tongue. The 54% alcohol is not noticeable in this strength.
    • Finish
      long-sweet and spicy, some citrus stands out, espresso.

  4. kraeftigen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Everything is just right.

    Nose, taste, texture, finish.
    He has enough of everything and nothing too much.
    Age, wood, bitterness but also sweetness and fruit
    And even the price for almost 30 years unbeatable.
    (156 euros, end of 2018)

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I really like the nose. In the mouth, he cannot quite keep the level. For that he lacks some fruit.
    Nevertheless, a really tasty malt.
    • Nose
      Rather yellow fruits like apricot and yellow apple. Apricot dumplings. Sour cream cake with mandarins. Candied citrus. Pear skin. Roasted almonds. In addition a certain spice of the oak.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the fruits from the nose are no longer as fruity, but rather sweet. The oak is now more dominant and brings a good seasoning to sharpness. Citrus fruits also come and a certain acidity shows up. Toasted wood.
    • Finish
      Grain Notes. Tree sap. "Sharp" wood notes. Grapefruit.

  6. diamond2000 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, immediately very pleasant woody tones mixed with malt, - varnished wood, thinner, old furniture, wood dust, grain, bran, vanilla, kvass from a barrel. Later, caramel, coffee with milk, blooming lilacs, sour green apple, creamy shades, toffee, boiled condensed milk, just super!

    Taste: soft, full-bodied, a lot of astringent wood, wood varnish, wax, spices, ginger speck, caramel, coffee and chocolate shades, dark crackers, butterscotch.

    Finish: medium long, spices ginger, unsweetened coffee with milk, wood, burnt caramel, wax, buttery.

    Rating: 92

    Bottom line: wood-caramel and creamy sweet whisky, without a doubt the major league. A multifaceted aroma that constantly adds to the glass over time. The taste and finish are slightly more modest than the aroma, but also complex and consistent.

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is another great whisky with a very good EX-BC maturation. Very nice age and sufficiently complex to deal with it for longer. To enjoy very well without adding water.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning a nice dense honey sweetness with a lot of vanilla. Flowery and grassy after hay and summer meadow with a light mint freshness. In addition, fruity notes of green apple, light grapes, somewhat exotic notes of peach and mandarins. Everything followed by a not too intrusive nuttiness and a little marzipan. Everything is in harmony. Alcohol can only be felt briefly at the beginning, light touch of glue, then it evaporates and is noticeably well integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and slightly oily on the palate, then directly fruity and sweet like apple and pear. Grassy hay notes come back and the sweetness is more likely to be assigned to the vanilla. The spiciness of the oak to the slight chilli spiciness is now clearer and sets a great contrast.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-length finish, with citrus notes and hay. A bit drier and slightly bitter towards nuts.

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh. Exotic grasses. Then yellow apples, lemon cake, a dash of mint. Vanilla quark with mandarins. Some tree bark and moss.
    • Taste
      Oily. Nectarine, passion fruit, banana. Roasted almonds, some candle wax. White chocolate, milk coffee.

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is really an "adventure painting". From the nose to the finish, a chameleon in terms of light fruit baking aroma-oak-spice-lemon. Adjusts the room temperature, the time in the glass, the oxygen ratios, etc. again and again. Also tolerates some water very well. "Distillery character"? Anyway, that's a "painting experience for yourself".
    • Nose
      93 93
      The very first impression was slightly grassy and very light fruity. And it stayed the same: The nose is slightly lemony-grassy, is always sweet and exotic-fruity in the glass. In fact, also reports a freshly opened (strawberry) jam jar, as I already had at Tomatin in 1988. Back flavors. Very creamy the whole, no heat far and wide despite cask strength. Apricot puff pastry. And even with further tastings, the smell was always multi-layered-dark fruit (overripe peach) with time. A very nice smell! The nose is wonderfully changeable.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth of this Blair Athol comes very strong back aromas, apricot butter bag, the oak is now very nice present. The 54.1% report and show their strength. The beauty: The light fruit - apricot, a little peach, mango traces - is also present, the grassiness with soft haystack comes back. Another test also shows the double face of oak on the one hand and juicy peach with a little strawberry on the other hand. The appearance in the mouth becomes noticeably more fruity and peach-plattered on the second test.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Ok, the finish is oak-determined and long - and again lemony-fresh. Also in the second test the finale is determined by oak, winery soil and herbs; the fruits now play the second violin.

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