Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
56.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
C. Dully Selection
Added on
13 Sep 2019 8:31 am by Isonone
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 253.07

23 × in wishlist

54 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Fettercairn 1988 SV

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A sweetish-creamy and voluminous character is in the glass. Starting with pistachio aromas in the nose, both as a jelly and as a freshly broken shell. There are also metallic notes, some cucumber, as well as fruity accents of lime, soft lemon, pineapple and mango. Underground is a fascinating spice of Thai curry, cumin, harissa and other Asian spices. Moist moss, leather, coffee beans and mocha complement this great nose perfectly!
    Full spicy and dominant! First class, again powerful and creamy, sweet and salty at the same time! With white pepper, red pepper, fruity-red cranberries, some rosehip, leather and vanilla. Now slightly degrading, however, the whining on a high level - for us a great 92P taste!
    Max. Medium length - ending with the notes of the taste. Barely getting drier and still united with "everything in harmony"!
    92 points
    N: 92P / G: 92P / F: 91P
    Perfect start - well done Christian !!!

  2. ScoutGott scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Oohh yes it is. I blindly bet on a 20-year-old Speyside / Highlander from a 60s refill sherry barrel. I don't know how Dully got this barrel.

    In terms of taste, a mix of a Bowmore Deluxe and a 12 year old (dumpy bottle, 80s'), but without the smoke but luckily with more bums thanks to the barrel strength.

    Nose: Tropical fruits, OBF, spices, horny oak flavor. Really oily and herbal like sherry cask bottlings from the good old days.

    Palate: does not stop, a lot of OBF, tropical, herbaceous.

    This is exactly the stuff I'm looking for. I'm glad there are still such barrels without sulfur at an affordable price. Many thanks to Dully for the excellent barrel selection!

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sorry no notes tasted at a show but this is really tasted and worth a buy in my view, certainly one of the best Fettercairn I have tried.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Very punchy and powerful, opens up a lot with some water
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense, fruity, peach, apple, pear, honeydew, cereals, dry hay, yellow berries, cooked mash, little citric, vanilla - very good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, fruity, more apple and pear, white grapes, white wine, ginger - still good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, fruity, citric, spicy - water recommended

  5. art-bett scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Fettercairn, everything is consistent, from front to back.
    More of that.
    Reminiscent of older bottled bottled in the 70s.
    Clear buy recommendation.

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Monkey nut/peanut oils with the skin and shells alongside a hessian note.
    T: Comes in [abv] strong and fizzy. It’s a moderately funny one, but not at all unpleasant – normally the sign of a better Fettercairn.
    F: Soft-hot with more husky almond nuttiness and a slightly strange oiliness which is well within limits. The final scene talks of peanut & cashew nut butters, set honey & Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, and dry Lockets at the death.

    C: An un-nutty/crazy Fettercairn for nut fans, and Fettercairn fans for that matter. With thanks to Christian and Pascal.

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Citrus tropical fruits spices and some waxiness really good

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not had many Fettercairn but found this one to be good. Quite liked it.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91


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