Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
07 Aug 2019 4:45 pm by Totoro
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 168,00

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12 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 1988 SV

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.25 points

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Balmenach bottlings are few and far between, now a 30-year-old representative in cask strength from Signatory Vintage, exclusively bottled for Whisky.de (price 168 €, 8/2019).
    Sourly-sweet on the nose. Citrus notes. Some apricot. Then a whole load Bourbon keg, a lot of wood, a bit old-dusty character, here just ages through. Alcohol is not very noticeable in the nose, so I like it well. Is a round thing.
    Very sweet in the mouth, lots of vanilla. Then comes a load of oak and increasing bitterness. Quite unspectacular, one had something like that already in the glass. Alcohol easily irritates the tongue, but otherwise it is really well integrated.
    The finish is massive woody, slightly bitter. Yes, the oak is really heavy on the tongue, which is really furry occupied.
    Conclusion: decent whisky at a fair price. Here you can still get old age, but also a lot of oak for his money. You have to like that, it's a bit too much for me. 86 points

  2. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Farbe: Pale Straw.

    Von Balmenach gibt's ja selbst heutzutage kaum Abfüllungen, ich erinnere mich an andere 25+-Abfüllungen von Signatory, und im Shop gab/gibt es einen u10 von GM... Lange Geschichte kurz - war mein erster Balmenach, und Tastingpartner habe ich auch keinen. Unbekannt heißt nicht schlecht, alten, gereiften Speysider bekommt man auch von hier, auch wenn dieses eine Fass früher abgefüllt gehört hätte. Mit Luft und nicht wenig Wasser lassen sich die Tannine bändigen und ich lasse mich mal zu 88 Punkten hinreißen, Tendenz nach oben. Und wäre auch nicht das erste Mal, dass etwas Luft bei solchen Flaschen ne 180°-Drehung bewirkt. Ist mir in diesem Fall aber nicht 160€ wert, das herauszufinden.
    • Nose
      Vorneweg alt-gelbfruchtig, dann staubig, fast stechend, scheint ein paar mehr Tannine abbekommen zu haben, warten wir's ab. Mit etwas Lüften: Wunderbar wachsig. Poliertes Holz. Nicht zu viel Bewegung ins Glas bringen, sonst kommt der Staub zurück. Mit Wasser: Die Staubnote ist meiner Meinung nach harmonisch eingebunden, hat etwas von sauren Eichensägespänen, Wachs check, Zitrus check, Orangenschalen insbesondere.
    • Taste
      Zuerst wachsiger alter Speysider, dann klappen die Tannine meine Fußnägel hoch. Bizzelt ganz ordentlich. Lüften behebt das teilweise, das starke Kribbeln auf der Zunge bleibt. Mit Wasser: Wachsiger, weniger staubig, weniger kribbelig, alter Kaffee, alter Werkschuppen, dreckige, ölige Hände. Bitterorangenmarmelade.
    • Finish
      Baumsaft, gut bitter aber erstaunlicherweise gar nicht mal so trocken. Lang. Harz und verkohltes Holz.

  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting nose, complex and constantly producing something new.
    Sadly less complex on the palate and in the nose, the barrel notes predominate. The fruitiness is almost gone, there are still herbs, for me mainly peppermint.
    The whisky was almost too long for me in the barrel, tastes ... old.
    Water only changes him slightly. Overall, he needs a lot of time and air.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Citrus fruits, malt, pepper, ginger, hair spray, earth, dusty, pine needles, nutmeg, oranges, grated lemon zest, tree resin, thyme, faint peppermint, a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      87 87
      light sweetness, spicy, herbs, dried peppermint, nutty, smoke ... ash, tannins, candle wax, orange peel, bitter and dry, but not unpleasant, tart honey, overall strong
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, slightly bitter, mint tea sweetened with honey, oak, discreet wood smoke

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful time-honored-dusty-waxy nose. On the palate, unfortunately, an excess of rather inelegant wood reveals itself, as the sophistication then flutes. As a result, a fuffi felt too expensive.

  5. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An affordable 30-year-old single malt, you can quite grow.
    However, the barrel does not provide much, in the aroma it is too sour for me and the association with white wine is really on. On the palate very woody and dry but to that end quite interesting. In the finish he is relatively short. He really does not need water. Personally, one sample is enough for me - 17.08.2019
    • Nose
      Creamy sweetness, light tart fruits, almost towards white wine, white mountain peach, unripe gooseberry, white milk chocolate, freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemongrass, orange

      With water it looks even more sour, waxy but also perfumed
    • Taste
      Very woody and dry, the alcohol bites briefly in the form of white pepper, becomes increasingly heavier, oily but also drier, an aromatic bitterness is spreading, green tea, the fruitiness is a bit under, some vanilla extract to the end

      With water, it becomes sweeter with clear vanilla, which remains entertaining pepperiness
    • Finish

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful ripened malt, which shows in addition to the fruity sweetness also a lot of oak (with the 30 years but beautifully integrated). He does not need water, the alcohol is well integrated. Very tasty, the price is ok for 30 years, but because of the offered but already high.
    • Nose
      88 88
      intense fruity-sweet; bright ripe fruits (apricot, pineapple, apple); Herbal honey; subtle vanilla; in the background spicy oak
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong - alcohol well integrated; oily mouthfeel; fruity-sweet (great nose continues); spicy oak is increasingly on
    • Finish
      86 86
      delicate fruity sweetness; intense spicy oak flavors; slightly peppery (white pepper); a touch of pleasant bitterness shows up


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