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Overall rating
89.31/100
votes
83
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
La Maison du Whisky (LMDW)
Bottling serie
Artist #4
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
7494
Number of bottles
567
Strength
59.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2014 5:35 pm by spoutnick79
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 411.00

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113 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 LMDW

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.31 points

  1. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The nose immediately makes you think of a rum; dust, caramel, a hint of cinnamon.
    The palate is very aromatic, clearly marked by sherry and caramel, spices (cinnamon), the whole is thick and very sweet, good integration.
    Long warming finale in which the note of boxwood / elderberry appears at the end of the mouth.
    A warming dram very pleasant and quite easy to drink despite the ABV.

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This dram has a high rating so I was quite anxious to try it finally. I gave this one plenty of time, but concluded that I couldn't live up to the expectations. The combination of a high ABV and (what I think) the EU oak cask make for a hot and difficult dram.  It's not the end of the world, but certainly no 90 score for me.
    • Nose
      The high ABV blocks the senses for a while, so let's wait. A good time to look at the thick legs, that run very slow and that coat to the glass almost like glue. What is offered after a while is nutty but fresh sherried dram. No big oloroso monster, I would rather expect a palo cortado at most, or a blend from various styles. Pecan, peanut, orange juice, dunnage warehouse, leather, tobacco, cola cubes, and bakes apples with sugar. It's nice, although a bit rough because of the ABV still.
    • Taste
      Not the easiest attack, with plenty of spice from the wood: clove, nutmeg and chili. There is a bitter side of ginger. Then there is an acidic layer of orange juice, which is nice. The meaty sherry side is not so much present, giving dried fruit, dunnage and cocoa. Finally, salted peanuts. 
    • Finish
      Short to moderate, drying on ginger and clove. There is a slight meaty side, together with orange juice and dried fruit (dates, prunes).

  3. asmazda scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I had this neat.  Normally I try to find lower ABV cask strength because I hate to add water.  Perhaps this could've benefited from water and then would've scored higher.
    • Nose
      Not a sherry monster but the sherry is evident.  A little spirity and hard to pick out details, but perhaps that is the 59.5%.  After it settles, some oranges and something a little tart (in a good way).
    • Taste
      It definitely stings the tongue, but wasn't as bad as I'd thought it'd be.  The sherry is less evident but still there, followed by some black tea and rubbery note at times.  Really viscous coating the mouth nicely.
    • Finish
      Medium and something herbal and some tannins.  The finish wasn't as good as the nose or mouth.

  4. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (22) I swam ... a beautiful voice. (91)
    • Nose
      Fruit-nut-spicy.Ingir, fried banana, old varnished table, raw peanuts, plum, walnut, cinnamon, vanilla cream, dusty raisins.With water: + orange pellets and fruits became sweeter ... shells of fried sunflower seeds (23)
    • Taste
      Mmm ... explosive, spicy, wood and dried fruits with flowers. With water: + wax and citrus notes. (23)
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is long, spicy, astringent.Travel and spicy cake with barberry. With water: + oatmeal cookies and menthol. (23)

  5. Julia E S scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Sample impression
    A wonderful balance between Brennereicharakter, oak and sherry influence. Everything well structured. So that the individual aspects really come into their own.
    Like the memory better than the Blair Athol of Signatory https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/93193/blair-athol-1988-sv , because the oak is less dominated and the sherry and distillate character come into their own comes. Unfortunately, I only had a small sample.

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I waited the very end of the dram to dry a drop of water and I should have earlier, as it clearly helps the nose and palate gain some spontaneity. I'll think of that for the rest of the sample. As is, it's just a bit too sharp for me to be a total winner, but it's something, and it's good to have an un-modern, sharp and vegetal sherry sometimes, this is not your everyday Glendro.
    • Nose
      In vegetal territory clearly, with acidic red apples, some man perfume stuff like musc and vetiver (not the first time I encounter that in a dry sherry), nutshells and green bark, even slightly meaty with a very slight sulfury twist (barely perceptible, no worries). With aeration, the sherry profile becomes more standard, while staying austere : tobacco, leather, slight cocoa, acidic cherries ... Nice nose but quite acidic, austere, and clearly alcohol seems to keep it a bit muted.
    • Taste
      Sharp arrival, the proof isn't joking. Then again red apples and great vegetal development : Turkish coffee, gentiane, walnuts, bitter cocoa, a slight red wine note to round it off. Quite great, but "sharp and straight". Shows great complexity though, there are some very peculiar masculine vegetal notes, some rubbery tones, and many odd spices I can't quite identify. The old-school objective is achieved. Intense yet not so demonstrative though.
    • Finish
      Probably the best part, red acidity makes a great come-back : rhubarb, redcurrants, even raspberries, alongside excellent and very complex OBE notes, by tiny metallic touches. Great finish.

  8. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Daan Tje scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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