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Overall rating
87.98/100
votes
65
Whiskybase ID
WB172709
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Spheric Spirits (SpSp)
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
655
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4270002166202
Added on
21 Dec 2020 7:46 pm by sphericspirits
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Average value

€ 140.14

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 1988 SpSp

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.98 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Mint, pears, honey, grapefruit, vanilla pudding, lime, toffee, a little orange
    • Taste
      86 86
      Remy, creamy, lots of caramel, Werthers Echte, grapefruit, a hint of candied ginger, some oak, black pepper
      significantly less sweet than on the nose, but tasty
    • Finish
      85 85
      warming, lots of oak, caramel, grapefruit and a hint of walnut

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nice whiskey grandpa who sometimes presents his aromas a bit uneuphoric here and there - there is nothing to complain about the range, quality and complexity - he lacks the brilliant clarity that some SC have and I would have a little more aromembums in my nose wish - especially the finish has little stamina - tasty but short or you enjoy it in large sips and then the great price is put into perspective
    • Nose
      87 87
      Freshly mowed, green, green lawn in spring - sweet, vegetable, subtle orange with a little raspberry powder, lots of buttery, vanilla, caramel-like shortbread, a little cinnamon, orange oil, delicate old notes of wood

      if you heat it, it becomes lemon-sour, ripe, polished oak aromas follow without any dust - some thyme, some sunflower blossoms and autumn leaves, and much later coconut
    • Taste
      88 88
      Gentle start with ripe and round aromas, again grass notes, a little orange that builds up more and more, Mediterranean dried fruits such as figs and dates - also subtle raisin notes - I would be quite blind with a refill sherry barrel with orange / yellow fruits

      the present tense on the palate builds up from sip to sip and it can warm up nicely with well-integrated alcohol - which is remarkably warm for only 43% - chilicatch?
      If you drink faster / larger sips, a wall of spicy wood notes builds up, a little leather no relevant bitter substances
    • Finish
      87 87
      warm but aromatic mild, itchy to medium length

  3. aspa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    nose
    Yes, this nose says it all the first time you sniff - waxy, green apple, citrus fruits, honey, light tropical fruits. It is clear that the teaspooned Clynelish is actually hidden here. Gentle, balanced, the alcohol is perfectly integrated - but still has enough strength in the smell. The nose reminds me a little of the standard 14 Clynelish but also of my beloved Wemyss Tropical Scented Candle - these tropical, overripe fruits come more and more the longer the dram is in the air. Icing sugar and light vanilla, but then again full of beeswax, candle making and the tropical fruits - now almost dominant.
    Complex, tasty, worthy of its age - this is a really successful start!

    taste
    Very gently, you could almost say there is a lack of strength. Smooth, waxy, oily mouthfeel. A little less sweet, more dry and tart. The tropical fruits are there, but no longer as sugar-sweet as they are hidden behind a bit of oak. Some caramel, freshly cut wood and slightly salty. Above all, the feeling is waxy, the taste is not so strong here. Blindly reminds of a refill sherry barrel ... breakfast cereal?

    Exit
    Rather short, but then a waxy, slightly bitter layer remains in the mouth, which then remains for a long time. Still much less sweet than the nose, but interesting and, as in the taste, perfectly integrated alcohol, smooth but not too weak. Rather subtle, but there are many flavors to be found and they are also good. Furthermore cereals and oak, light vanilla and then some beeswax.

    Conclusion
    It starts off strong, the nose is top notch, the taste is also delicious but unfortunately no longer dominated by the tropical fruits that I like so much. The nose could have hoped for a little more, but if you forget the nose, the taste and finish are on a high, tasty level. Great paints, of course a hit for the price! PLV excellent!

    N-92, T-90, F-89 for very good 90 points

    Edit: more time in the glass - more cool. More tropical fruits everywhere!
    N-92, T-91, F-91-92 total
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nicely balanced and extremely tasty. That gives a sympathy bonus.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, light yellow fruits (pears, peaches), honey, cream candies, later also coconut flakes.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very mild, almost thin. Lots of vanilla here too. Now the cereals are coming through too. A bit peppery, oaky.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Relatively short. A little vanilla, a little oak and gone.

  5. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An elegant, beautifully mature blend.
    They say a so-called "tea-spooned" Clynelish after it and I want to believe that, because the waxy echoes are definitely there for me.
    Apparently it is a cask share with the Sirius 1988/2020 from NSS (WB-ID: 140505).
    • Nose
      89 89
      Orange jam, honey, cereals - smells like a delicious sweet breakfast!
      Behind it is old oak, some furniture polish and a touch of white pepper.
      Over time it becomes fruity and somehow oily and waxy, most likely to remind me of coconut oil and a juicy plum cake.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, flattering mouthfeel. Surprisingly spicy on the tongue - this is where the ripening time shows. Burnt caramel, coconut macaroons. Raisins. Aromatic oak. Tart cocoa.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. Spicy. Slightly warming, but also very drinkable due to the comparatively low alcohol strength.

  6. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Of course the low abv might deter die-hard cask strength aficionados, but if you tune in to this atmospheric malt music, you are rewarded by a good dose of serenity. And you feel the need to refill your glass with this moreish liquid.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet and waxy with vanilla pods and a whiff of shisha tobacco, not brash but restrained in a very positive way, with a perfect balance of ripe pineapple and tart exotic hardwood hues.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The same fruity aromas as on the nose, a honeyed fruity salad with cinnamon sticks.
      The mixture of fruits and incredibly soft and balanced wood notes is astounding.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Now elderflower-and-tonka-bean aromas are included as well the slighest hints of wood shavings.

  7. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh. Lemon, some blossom honey, hay, damp cellar. Pale wood. Vanilla.
    • Taste
      Lemon soda, some orange. Fruit salad, white pepper. Almonds, grape seeds. Rather short.

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      rather restrained, honey, grain, earth, vanilla, grasses, caramel, wood, with time also fruits - light, maybe even tropical, but I can't quite grasp what it is after the first sip of coconut
    • Taste
      Honey, coconut macaroons, bounty, vanilla, walnuts, some grapefruit, wood, a hint of pepper

  9. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a teaspooned Clynelish
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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