Overall rating
88.06/100
votes
187
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 232.67

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Whisky reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 1988 SpSp

48 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.06 points.

  1. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  2. geriud scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Vallado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interesting malt! It has something weird on the nose, almost artificial, which I usually associate with bourbon (whiskey)... I like it very much in terms of taste, it has enough power despite only 43%. Nose just behind, the unspectacular finish falls off a bit.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Grumpy_Henry scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Smell: hazelnuts, these are complemented by fresh apple and the smell of wax, vanilla sweetness, a long developing taste from tropical fruits to nuts to wood

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A dangerously drinkable dram. Might just need one or two drops of water to open things up completely, but any more will probably drown it. It's got a nice compexity to it, maybe not directly suggesting 30+ years of maturation (it's just a little bit thin on the palate), though it's properly matured stuff. Full of pear, peach, apricot and mango with a honied sweetness attached to it. Finishes off on a drying spicy note (allspice).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  10. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Iron_Calli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For its advanced age, the nose opens up surprisingly quickly with dark golden honey that flows slowly from a wooden spoon, old wooden shelves and beeswax. A slightly dry cereal note, rice cake. Then it becomes a bit fruitier, plum pulp, which is joined by a clear note of marzipan. A lighter, greenish fruit also flashes, but I don't get hold of it before it fades into the background again. Over time, the plum becomes darker, pastry notes emerge, dark honey and marzipan are always present.

    A very pleasant nose, unobtrusive, beautiful!

    In the mouth, wood and a slight dryness initially dominate, but soon the aromas that you already had during the nosing take the initiative and fill the mouth with slightly tart honey and pastries, dark plums and a hint of marzipan. Again pleasant, unobtrusive, delicious.

    The impressions from the nose and mouth are almost identical in the finish. The malt leaves a very appealing taste on the palate that slowly fades away.

    Conclusion:
    A very pleasant and tasty old blended malt that I really like, but somehow too consistent from start to finish. That's not really exciting. But very tasty.

  12. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Another ‘teaspooned’ Clynelish. Just like the Sirius 1988.
    • Nose
      Waxy waxy waxy! A full bodied nose, Vanilla candles, bees wax and honey comb in front. After that licorice, clove, berries and cherries. After a while more canned fruits appear like in canned tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      Rather light bodied. Don’t add water. It’s fragile. On the palate I get subtle flavors. Fresh, ripe Pineapple, lychees, canned peach and again waxy. Bees wax.
    • Finish
      Long and again waxy in a vanilla candle kind of way. The waxiness stretches out a long time. After a while again tropical fruits start to shine through. Zesty pear, zesty banana’s and peach mostly.

      This is a great whisky once again. But somehow I do get the feeling it’s a little less ‘perfect’ then it’s Sirius 1988 sister bottling. That one was a little more complete so to speak. Nonetheless, if you can find a bottle for around €150, this should be a no brainer as well. I mean, a 31 years ‘single’ malt… where does one find it these days..

  14. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    So is this actually identical with WID 140505 or not?

    My tasting experience differs quite a bit, at least if memory serves me correctly.

    Do I actually like this one better or is it the same and it's just my mind playing tricks on me?
    • Nose
      89 89
      Oily, waxy, oaky, with mild fruit juice, creamy marzipan and freshly cut herbs. Very mellow and warmly inviting.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A bit thin, but nicely juicy and spicy, with the oak right on the border between "nicely present" and "too in-your-face".
    • Finish
      87 87
      Herbal, fruity, sweet, oaky. Strong black tea, licorice, rosemary, camphor, honey, apricot and orange jam.

  15. Rody024 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow. One of the best blended malts I've had the pleasure of tasting. Really well balanced between tones of dried and fresh fruit, spiciness and rancio (leather). Most of all, the drinkability is amazing considered the complexity. The dram is finished before you even notice it, but it's so complex that you have to sit and spend time with the whisky. Amazing stuff.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Jonscr scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

  17. Jonscr scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

  18. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  19. 11insomnium scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    After more than 31 years, these 4 bourbon barrels deliver wonderful, sweet fruit notes and a full aroma that is more familiar from the sherry barrel. Harmonious blended malt with a pleasant alcohol strength.
    • Nose
      Lots of fruity sweetness with floral notes, full and aromatic, cream and caramel toffee, a bit spicy
    • Taste
      Sweet caramel toffee with fruity notes, nice spiciness, a bit tart and slightly bitter
    • Finish
      Fine dryness with fruit and bitter oak spice

  20. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Fresh, pineapple, apples, citrus fruits. Hint of cereals, medium length finish.

  21. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It is certainly not a product of strength, but rather a dignified representative. Whereby it doesn't appear too smooth due to the sharpness in the mouth. I liked it a lot.
    • Nose
      Towards the end of the bottle, I've had more and more coconut, which I like. Right after opening it, I didn't have that at all. Boskop apple that has been lying in the grass and moss for a long time and therefore tastes a bit like it. Orange blossom honey. Semolina pudding. A little marzipan. Partly fresh branches and partly dusty wood.
    • Taste
      Very oily and initially quite sweet in the mouth. Rock sugar. Caramel candy. Glucose. Orangebiscuits. Then it tingles astonishingly for only 43%. But not uncomfortable. Glazed ginger. A bit of citrus. The wood sets in.
    • Finish
      Malt sweetness. Spicy oak. Orange peel.

  22. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  23. harriedv scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    First dram in a Saturday afternoon lineup of 6 whiskies. Great dram to start a tasting with.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Absolutely stunning nose! In spite of the rather low abv, it is all there: subtle sherry notes, tropical fruit and honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Still good, but unfortunately rather thin in the taste. Continuation of sweet sherry notes and mild spices. All well balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish this whisky makes a remarkable comeback. Medium long to long. Pleasantly warm and oily structure (which was not here in the taste).

  25. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    After 31 years, you definitely expect more. Something by the way. Click here for the complete review: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/10/31/auf-den-spuren-des-namenlosen-highlanders-oder-waxattack/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. Lemmy86 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      bunch of soft tropical fruits, honey, can sniff this for hours.
    • Taste
      87 87
      more ripe fruits, quite delicate and interwoven tastes, some almonds too.
    • Finish
      87 87
      light drying, soft and balanced with fruits and honey.

  30. tribe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very tasty part, but has a lot of wood in the smell and taste, but not bad. fruity base, I think I have to do a more precise test here
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wood, apricots, honey, vanilla, lemon, hazelnut and a bit spicy. White nougat and fortunately the spiciness evaporates. Orange peel, a few spices and tannins or tea tree oil
    • Taste
      91 91
      Apricot, marzipan, wood, pepper, oranges, lemon, vanilla, menthol, firs, also some cocoa and cabbage. Very beautiful and beautiful, really complex, the wood is already closing. Also ginger and something like green apple

      With water ... caramel and toasted nuts
    • Finish
      88 88
      But wood comes without being bitter. More like walnut or hazelnut and honey, vanilla If something remains, then a little pepper. I really like it

  31. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    According to a good source, this is a blend from the Northern Highlands with Clynelish as the lead malt.
    It can also be a parallel bottling of Sirius from North Star Spirits (NSS), which is also a blended malt from the Northern Highlands, is 31 years old and has 43.1% ABV.
    For the price an absolute mega bargain, the age and the provenance and even in Cask Strength.
    Great, I'm totally thrilled.

  32. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  33. Marcel74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow wow wow .. what a beautiful blended malt of 31 years we have here. And for this price you won't buy anything of this age anywhere else. This whiskey is probably exactly the same as the Sirius 31 nss (wb140505). Soon I'll taste it side by side then I'm sure, but the abv%, the color, the 1st fill bourbon, and the age are all exactly the same.
    • Nose
      This is where the journey begins..after pouring it and leaving it covered for 45 minutes, an explosion of fruit came out from under the lid..tropical sweet fruit, peach, overripe mango, melon, vanilla (lots of vanilla!) banana, but also citrus such as ripe orange and kiwi
    • Taste
      The taste is soft, partly due to the relatively low abv% but it gives off so much sweet fruit, interwoven with the barley of the whiskey and the influence of the cask which does not dominate at all after 31 years.. light spices and tannins are noticeable but especially the sweet hubba bubba chewing gum like taste of all that fruit
    • Finish
      This one can rightly be called long, my throat and nasal cavity are filled with that taste of chewing gum.. that taste can still be picked up after a few minutes.. but the glass again invites you to sip a few new ml..

  34. Acetate scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Dangerously sippable fruit cocktail which lacks a wee bit of oomph on the tongue to reach 90 points
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  36. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  37. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nicely matured, dangerously tasty malt. Gains significantly with a lot of time in the glass. At the called price of around 130-140 euros, it's worth buying in my opinion.
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet and waxy; light fruits with a tropical touch; Apple; Pear; Peach; some pineapple; Orange jam; Vanilla; some cinnamon; a hint of grassy notes flash through every now and then; pleasant old spicy wood notes
    • Taste
      87 87
      Gentle / soft start without appearing too thin; fruity sweetness; Orange; Vanilla; Caramel; some pepper; fine, well-integrated spicy-tart wood notes emerge
    • Finish
      87 87
      short to medium length; delicate fruit sweetness; some vanilla; delicate oak flavor

  38. Copshop68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottlers' info:

    "For our very first release of independently bottled Scotch whiskey, we took the time to pick something extraordinary. With the help of our friend Neil Cameron (former Master Distiller at Scotland's oldest distillery and former Master Blender at The Famous Grouse) we finished this rare Scotch Selected in the 1980s, from a decade when not much whiskey was made and there is not much left of it.

    These highland malts were all distilled in 1988 and have matured in four first-fill bourbon barrels for the past 31 years. Combined, they are an explosion of tropical flavors, pineapple, coconut, various waxes, bittersweet orange peel, citrus peel, vanilla, caramel and a massive finish!

    It has a thick, oily and creamy texture as it is naturally at a breathtaking 43.1% vol. concentrated. "

  40. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great matured malt with an excellent P / L ratio.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is great. Tropical fruits, orange, Werther's real, waxy, some tobacco, very complex and well balanced.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth it is very fruity and spicy again, the wood comes through here well and the oak becomes clear.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish, also borne by the oak.

  41. aspa scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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

  42. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    All in all quite good, but nowhere really stands out. 31 years ... Hm ...
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity sweetness
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pear dominates
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pear remains, a bit sour and medium-long

  43. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  44. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  45. 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. You really need to focus to grasp the fragile beauty though.
    • 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, balanced wood notes is astounding.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Elderflower- and tonka-bean aromas are included as well the slighest hints of wood shavings.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. MickMatrix scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  49. 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.

  50. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  51. 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

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