Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Oct 2014 5:45 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 177,00

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54 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 1988 SV

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.83 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sweet and vanilla, it smells like hogshead! A lot of depth. In the mouth, super balanced, spicy, super good!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  2. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A delicious filling, nice Daily Dram.
    Some water makes it even more open and tasty.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice fruity (oranges, apple compote, quince, a little passion fruit), honey, fine oak, vanilla and some undergrowth and spicy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Starts full, fruity and round, then becomes spicier and powerful-intense. Dense and compact. Oranges, wax, oak, spicy. Pepper, fudge, velvety.
    • Finish
      89 89
      First, vanilla and fruity notes, then a little white pepper and fudge. Nice length. Ends with spicy oak notes.

  3. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Greg Logan scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    I was wondering if this was just me - or just Balmenach (I knew Signatory did not always hit it) but... damn - I really appreciated this very good to excellent whisky - would definitely buy again for a decent price.

    This is so far beyond say a GlenLivet 21 which at present is simply donkey piss.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Overall: dominated by fruit and a little vanilla/coconut when undiluted, and a tad more bitter and more on herbs and spices with water. Personally I'm more a fan of the undiluted version.

    Thanks Menno for the sample!
    • Nose
      Directly after pouring: fresh on cut grass, vanilla and malt, a little waxy also. The nose evolves towards a real fruit bomb, with pineapple, peach and these kind of tropical fruits, and a little coconut. The vanilla and wax stay, which is good for the balance. With water, it gets a bit more mellow and a tad waxier. 
    • Taste
      Without water, it's quite pungent, a bit peppery, and mildly oily. It's less (but still) dominated by the fruit, mainly the tropical variants. There is also vanilla and fresh green herbs. These herbs get more dominant when water is added. 
    • Finish
      Keeps coming back, which is good of course, with the same elements as in the taste section. 

  8. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Single whiskybase sample.
    • Nose
      Minerally. Some barnyardy notes. Toasted desiccated coconut. Almond. Marzipan. Soft fruits - apricot, peach. 
    • Taste
      Quite bold. Nice sweet fruitiness. Honey. A little musty too.
    • Finish
      Long and warming. Creamy sweet fruit.

  9. Jimjam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose develops with air. A very good dram
    • Nose
      Hay. A little damp earth. Fresh herbs including mint, lemon balm and something medicinal which I can't identify. With time and water - fruit: peaches and apricots and some mango. Raspberry chews. Mineral notes and chalk counterpoint the fruit
    • Taste
      Malt. Honey. Intense fruit, offset by a little salt and a pleasant oak astringency
    • Finish
      More fruit and honey, drying with spice

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fruit and medicine!
    Powerful whisky !


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