Balmenach 1988 vW

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 nov 2014 12:00 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 142.41

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45 × member ratings

63 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balmenach 1988 vW

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.09 points.

  1. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  2. hans1971 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Opeth83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. CST1986 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Quite a complex, beautiful Speysider
    full of juicy and fruity flavors and exactly the right amount of
    wood-spice. The only "weakness“: It's not a very memorable and
    singular whisky. But it's very good value!
    • Nose
      A bit austere and grassy in the
      beginning. But be patient! This malt whisky is getting better by the
      minute. A few minutes later soft spices begin to unfold: curry
      powder, turmeric, some cumin, white pepper and a laurel leaf. Behind
      that a whole fruit basket: dried apricots, slightly sour apples, ripe
      bananas and rum raisins. In the background there is a fair amount of
      creamy vanilla and a touch of rosewater/marzipan as well as soft,
      silky and delicately "salty" green tea. Give it ten minutes in the glass and this is
      developing into a fantastic, delicately aromatic nose of a well matured
    • Taste
      Very soft, almost shy attack on the
      tongue. The mouthfeel soon becomes fuller. Beautiful sweet and sour
      flavors of pear cobbler with vanilla ice cream, apple compote, honey
      and a subtle nuttiness. Almond butter? The spices I felt in the nose
      are not as prominent on the palate, but have developed into pleasant,
      juicy tea flavors.
    • Finish
      The Finish is medium long and quite subtle. On the tongue you get an interesting fruity pungency like
      from mild chillies. Bell pepper sauce with honey? Sounds crazy, but
      is very pleasant and satisfying.

  5. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well, it's an Ultimate so you can expect quality! Well matured, powerful and interesting. Recommended! And tell me where do you still find a whisky of 25 years old for under one hundred euros today?
    • Nose
      A fresh, sweet and well-balanced whisky with notes of coffee, apple, banana, citrus, pears, nectarine, pineapple, apple syrup, hint of molasses, a hint of smoke, tarte tatin, soft oak, pear candies, caramel and vanilla.
    • Taste
      A powerful, sweet, balanced and layered whisky with notes of barley sugars, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, white pepper, chili pepper, pear candies, red apple, fresh cake, hint of molasses, toffee, baked banana and soft bitter oak.
    • Finish
      A long, full and rich aftertaste with notes of honey, fruit and spices.

  6. Keur scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Keep your mouth closed for about 5 seconds after you swallow, you will get a tingling sensation in your cheek and keep them hanging longer.
    • Nose
      Sweet banana, lemon, apples and little cereals
    • Taste
      Smoke, syrup, apple, banana, corn and chili pepper
    • Finish
      Medium, pepper, touch of sweet and dry.

  8. notesofmalt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Balmenach 1988-2014, 25 years, 46% alc. van Wees Balmenach 1988-2014, 25 years, 46% alc.
    Bottler: van Wees
    Removal: Bourbon barrel Cask No. 2804
    Region: Speyside, Scotland

    Nose: Fruity and at the same time malty. With aromas of pineapple, mango and peaches. Very light and round. Behind it creamy aromas, maybe toffee and cream caramel, also some vanilla. After some time in the glass, a green, plant-like aroma is added, reminiscent of rhubarb and gradually turns into woody spice.

    Palate: pineapple and mango, slightly unripe banana, margarine and gooseberries. Very fruity and also very creamy, then becomes more intense and spicy. Cinnamon and pepper are added, cayenne pepper on the right beautiful onion.

    Departure: Long though restrained. Oak wood, pepper and creamy fruit flavors unite and stay a long time behind. At the very end, the oak appears slightly bitter and with a tingling sharpness

    Conclusion: Fruity whisky with a spicy soul.

    84/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 95 €)
    I thank the whisky house for the sample and the photo!

    Original post in the blog:,-Cask-2804-vW/


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