Blair Athol 1988 vW

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 Sep 2014 12:13 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96.98

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57 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 vW

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points

  1. whiskyd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Arranthony_Moray scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  4. hans1971 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Koalafant scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      especially sherry
    • Taste
      Prunes, raisins, some pepper
    • Finish
      Medium long, very slightly bitter

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This is very tasty with dark chocolate or cheese. Do not add water !!
    • Nose
      Raisins, chocolate, toffee, a little pepper and a hint of apple
    • Taste
      Raisins, coffee, chocolate, light pepper and some tobacco
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet, greasy and light pepper

  8. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wow, a refill keg? Hard to believe. Very intense sherry with fine tobacco notes. The old age (25 years) makes itself felt. I really like the Blair Athol.
    • Nose
      Fine fruity sherry pours out of the glass. Oranges mingle with dark fruits and are wonderfully fruity. Slight sulfur is noticeable, the 46% alcohol is perfectly integrated. A fine tobacco flavor ends the delicious nose.
    • Taste
      Intense Sherry with subtle and subtle wood notes. Now the sherry is getting wooden and voluminous. A wonderful creaminess distributed on the palate. Tobacco and dates mingle, light orange aroma pushes through the tobacco. Slightly bitter, the Refill Butt emits a plump warmth. Now coffee aromas are added. Subtle pepper is becoming more intense and sharper.
    • Finish
      The finish starts slightly wooden. Gradually the finish becomes more bitter, the pepper becomes more intense. The finish reflects the tobacco flavors of the taste again. Pleasant, plump warmth fills the mouth. With a touch of coffee and tobacco, the fine finish ends.

  9. notesofmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blair Athol 1988 - 2014, 25 years, 46% alc. Bottler: vanWees Removal: refill sherry barrel No 6927 Region: Highlands, Scotland
    Nose: Winter spices, plums and raisins, orange peel and a little apple. Then dark chocolate and tobacco, in the background a bit damp moor.
    Palate: syrup, raisins and earthy flavors, spices, tobacco and coffee. Eta's bitter oak, rhubarb and a hint of pepper in the back.
    Finish: Medium to long, bitter spicy, a nice cargo of oak and then a slight hint of sulfur.
    Conclusion: Very nice sherry influence, really just a "refill"?
    89/100 points (tasted 2015, ca. 70-80 €) For the sample I thank Theresia Tammer (The whisky house)

  10. The Macallan scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I expected more from this dram and that age, never the less a reasonable dram. A-rubber-plant-packed-with-some-fruit-whisky.
    • Nose
      Deep aromatic, sherry with apples, baking products, chocolate, fruityness, sulphury notes like a linoleum floor (rubbery) and woody notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet, bitter, warming, estery/chemical, Sulphury flavors (rubber), drying, somewhat vanilla and spicy.
    • Finish
      warming, dryish, fruitcake like, and a faint of rubber.


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