Blair Athol 1988 vW

Overall rating
87.02/100
votes
83
Whiskybase ID
WB66432
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate
Vintage
14.10.1988
Bottled
02.02.2015
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Wine Treated Butt
Casknumber
6853
Number of bottles
417
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944088355
Added on
03 apr 2015 2:37 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 100.00

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Whisky reviews for Blair Athol 1988 vW

27 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.02 points.

  1. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'Blair Athol' certainly doesn't have the finest spirit, but the intensity of the malt can definitely compete with the aromas inoculated after 26 years of aging in the prettied casks. A strong whisky for the concentrated examination of the inherent complexity. Not necessarily easy to enjoy, but highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Red grapes as well as red currants and morello cherries provide a slightly sour fruit note, orange peppered with cloves, strong tannins, greengage preserved with cinnamon, lacquered wood, walnut with skin, dried figs, fruit bread, molasses, strong aromatic oak, a peppery undertone is also present present
    • Taste
      Dark forest honey is combined with the grape sweetness of sultanas, beeswax, spiced oranges, espresso with lots of brown sugar, interwoven barley aromas, the brandy still has a lot of punch, then the oak strikes, dark chocolate, morello cherries, a dark note of liquorice ("bear dirt") ) forms, strong tannins
    • Finish
      Long finish, burnt raisins, honey and cinnamon, pepper, mountain pine, the tannins are extremely expressive, the barley is crushed by liquorice, blackberries with crushed pits, aniseed, slight tendencies towards bitterness, espresso, walnut with the thickest skin, vanilla, on minimal impression of smoke emerges at the end

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  3. MH90 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. mds51 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark sherry nose, strong, spicy. Tree resin, forest honey, raisins, dark chocolate, short hints of sulfur / matches.
    • Taste
      88 88
      At first mildly creamy, sherry notes, liquid honey, raisins, wild berries, milk chocolate and cocoa, no smoke. Back then clearly oak and pepper sharpness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pretty long, then sweet then dry, dark chocolate.

  6. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Raisins and berries, pine needles, tree juice, a hint of cinnamon, a few matches, nutmeg, honey, apple juice
    • Taste
      89 89
      Blackberries, balsamic, grapefruit, coffee, raisins, honey
    • Finish
      90 90
      roasted walnuts, raisins and grapefruit. Grapes-Nut-Schoki! Very long!

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Raisins and berries, pine needles, tree juice, a hint of cinnamon, a few matches, nutmeg, honey, apple juice
    • Taste
      89 89
      Blackberries, balsamic, grapefruit, coffee, raisins, honey
    • Finish
      90 90
      roasted walnuts, raisins and grapefruit. Grapes-Nut-Schoki! Very long!

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful whisky. Very mature with a lot of character to be discovered over some drams. Not the typical sherried stereotype however. One for sure has to like heavy oak as well as this sour, little sulfury flavors. I do!
    • Nose
      Spicy wine aromas and old oak right away. There´s a lot to be discovered. Ripe blood oranges, that are both sweet and sour at the same time. Some sweat treacle but also fermented orange juice, giving the nose a touch of sulfur. Behind that quite some dry, dusty oak. The longer you put your nose in the glass, the more mature and settled the whisky appears.
    • Taste
      Starting smooth at first. Needs quite some in the mouth time to open up. Then impressively powerful. Starting sweet, before sudddenly sour, sulfury wine flavors kick back in. Then heavy, rich oak with coconut, a hint of pepper and quite bitter coffee. Taking turns with sour gummibears in trying to be the dominant flavor. Very impressive!
    • Finish
      Rich oak in the aftertaste. Kinda herbal. The taste of burned nuts lingering on for quite a while.

  10. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Freshly chopped garden herbs, yellow apples, raisins, vanilla. Some beeswax and sawdust. Plums, raspberries, some wild mint.
    • Taste
      Honey, wax, some white pepper. Apple, peach, almonds. Milk chocolate, sweetened black tea.

  12. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    blind tasting beautiful nose, then marginally sloping, 46%, refill-sherry, a lot of wood therefore think quite old, maybe so 20 years or more, Highlands tap Aberfeldy or Edradour. 90 pts
    • Nose
      Beautiful nose, more sweetness than fruit, some plum, wine vinegar,
    • Taste
      bitter chocolate that stays for a long time dries my mouth more than stimulating my salivary flow, but balanced. The second time much more sweetness, now comes saliva, great, slightly vinous, light acidity, honey, fruit
    • Finish
      medium and fine. First sweet then bitter

  13. NamorX68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    blind tasting
    Nice Balanced Whisky. Nose and taste are alike. Delicious!
    • Nose
      light sweetness, sherry, raisins, marzipan, apples, oranges (light acidity), caramel and a little cocoa.
    • Taste
      full, creamy, creamy, sherry, coffee and oak, spices and a bit musty.
    • Finish
      medium long, spicy and dry.

  14. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very unusual finish! Tart and yet sweet, fruity and yet tart. Complex yet somehow indefinable. Interesting but not necessarily my taste. I'm typing on a wine finish.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Subdued fruit flavors become more intense. Jam or an indefinable fruit mixture mixes with a slightly sprittigen alcohol. Gentle bizzling clears the nose, now tangerines and apricots come out of the fruit. White grapes and overripe fruits give an indefinable fruitiness.
    • Taste
      A sour sweet?!? penetrates the first sip by spicy oak notes. The shallow fruity notes give the spicy, tangy wood a special aroma. Indefinable aromas are getting tighter and now exude a subtle sharpness.
    • Finish
      Tart and yet fruity, the finish begins. The spicy tart oak leaves flatten relatively quickly and a slightly bitter aroma leaves a hint of liquorice.

  15. malthead-sven scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    BLIND TASTING
    Tip: just say Aberlour or Glenlivet, should be a bit older, does not need water
    - 17 to 21 years
    - 43 to 46%
    - Sherry and Bourbon Casks
    • Nose
      Cooked fruits, jam, orange passion fruit, caramel, creme brulee, dried apple chips, naturally cloudy fruit juice, will even be a bit musty
    • Taste
      very creamy, with plenty of oak, creamy notes, light nougat with raisins
    • Finish
      not very intense, medium length, leaves an impression of mild herbs and some honey

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    86/87. More of my liking than cask 6841, but not on the level of the sherry casks from the same year like those released by LMdW.
    • Nose
      Pear juice, candied cherry, marzipan, spice and a little caramel. Then all of a sudden very clearly apple pastry (appelvlaai). Or maybe it was there all the time but I missed it.
    • Taste
      Grape, pear, caramel, peach, spice, leather, grenadine syrup, honey and a bit of marshmallow. Later cocoa.
    • Finish
      More caramel. Cherry, peach and leather.

  17. Sapiano scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blair Athol 26 1988 vW Wine Treated Butt 6853 46% WID: 66432 (pure)
    Nose: rum raisins, white grapes, chocolate in the background. Apricot kernels. There is also something fresh. However, no mint. Maybe it's just a light alcoholic note. I put it down again and still patience with the drink, although the salivation already sets very clearly. Again chocolate. Not too dark and not bitter. Spices spread. The raisins are still there. Swirling whirls up the alcohol and makes it look fresher again. Now there are herbs, followed by apricots. I'll put it down again and see what I wrote about him back then. I smell again: He has somehow quenched with something "cork". Lightly fermented grapes and apricots mingle. In the background it is still herbal spicy. Now I have to try.
    Later, the nose is somewhat sulfuric.
    Taste: Sweet onset, not watery but also not viscous, white grapes, a little bit fermented, they stay for a few seconds, then chocolate mixes with pepper, the pepper is not so hot. Slightly bitter herbs are coming. Unfortunately, I do not know which. Sizzling flavors suddenly gain the upper hand. The pepper is also sharper and mixes with many spicy and bitter herbs.
    Finish: The finish continues the pepperiness. The herbs are still there. Bitterness and grapes stay longer in the mouth. The finish is quite long today.
    Conclusion: In the malt are very many spices and herbs, the nose for me not yet announced. It is always a small surprise for me when the change takes place in the taste of the grapes fruit to those spices and herbs. The malt is certainly something special and not for every day. But you have to deal with the spice and herbal freight.

  18. Murxus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    somewhat underrated imho. The longer my bottle stands open the easilier the dram is accessible without needing much time to develop its flavours.

    06/2016: bottle now open nearly 1 year, rating elevated from 89 to 90 pts.

  19. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: Pure Christmas in the nose. Sweet, oranges, raisins, cinnamon, clove and oak.
    Taste: sweet and spicy on the palate, with ginger and some pepper added to the Christmas spices. Oak is also back, a bit dry and chocolate.
    Finish: A long finish, dry, sweet, the spices are back again. With grapes, dark chocolate and oak.

  20. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet fruity, leather, some wood but not much. Pleasing nose, not really very deep nor complex. Some red berry marmalade.

    Taste: Marshmellows, candy, bit grassy and oak. Sure this wasn't virgin oak wine treated? Note bad taste wise. It taste surprisingly young yet there is no roughness.

    Body: nice and creamy. Very well balanced.

    Finish: medium: more oak. Some fruit some candy fudge. The grassy notes pop up too.

    Price: considering the age and quality it's quite a well priced whisky.

    Pesentation: The ultimate: sober but decent.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. PeterCr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Great balance with sweet, spice and tannines. Decent complexity.

    Balance score = 23

    Total score = 86
    • Nose
      Big powerfull nose, leather, plumbs, vanilla, caramel, paint, green apples, oak

      Nose score = 19
    • Taste
      Again powerful. Sweet, spicy, toffee, fudge, caramel, hints of raisins

      Taste score = 21
    • Finish
      Long, quite spicy finish with oak, mellowing down in sweet toffee/caramel and oranges notesThere is some funky heat in the finish which I don't like.Finish score = 23

  22. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Cotton candy, caramel, spices
    • Taste
      Wine, citrus, pepper, roasted sugar
    • Finish
      Caramel, vanilla, red fruit

  23. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Dramlicious scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Strong and sweet. Stewed apples with a whiff of cinnamon and a few raisins. Red grapes, oranges and green pears. Reminds me of a medium dry sherry overall.

    Taste

    A slightly dry red wine? Lots of berries like blackberries and currants covered in dark chocolate. Notes of almonds and marzipan before grapefruit sets in, alongside a subtle oaky bitterness and some pepper. And a whole bunch of sulfuric.

    Finish

    Medium to long with a dry sweetness. Raisins, currants, some other berries and latte macchiato with hazelnut syrup.

    Overall

    Not an easy dram by any stretch of the imagination but definitely worth the experience.

    http://dramlicious.com/dramcalendar-day-12/

  26. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  27. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blair Athol 1988-2015, 26 years, 46% alc.
    Bottler: van Wees
    Extension: "wine treated butt" Cask No. 6853
    Region: Highlands, Scotland Nose: First a composition of fresh grapes and raisins, a sweetish scent rises from the glass. It is joined by fresh apples and dried apricots, a hint of cinnamon and cloves, and speculaas. The oak is surprisingly restrained. Palate: Here comes the wood strong and intense to light, despite only 46%. Bitter oak, coffee and very dark men's chocolate, molasses and grapefruit. In addition various berry fruits, angegorene grapes, marzipan and dry wood smoke, followed by pepper and cinnamon. Finish: Long and dry, sweeter than the palate. Grapes, raisins and espresso, currants in dark chocolate, pepper and towards the end oak and a persistent hints of sulfur. Conclusion: For 46% already powerful and not easy, sherry lovers or lovers of "wine treated butts" (now prohibited in the production) come here fully at their expense. 85/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 84 €) I thank the whisky house for the sample and the photo!
    Original article with photo: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Highlands/Blair-Athol/Blair-Athol-1988-2015,-26yo,-46-vW/

  28. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Comparative Casting with Cask # 6928, # 6950 and # 6953
    The # 6928 is different, it is bulkier, heavier, darker, woodier, more bitter, and dirtier. Immediately after pouring, # 6950 and # 6953 are pretty much alike. Over time, they develop slightly differently in the nose. The # 6950 looks more harmonic and complex. The caramel is more pronounced and the citrus fruits are fresher and at the same time they convey this sense of the ingredients of the stollen. In # 6953 is a slightly musty note to feel and the sulfur note something presenter. Also in the mouth, the # 6950 looks fuller, more complex, and more pleasing than the # 6953. The # 6928 is again heavier, voluminous, heavier and above all bitter. As expected, comes in the departure of # 6928 simply stronger and MMN hornier. The Casks # 6950 and # 6953 are simply "mass suitable" and are more similar here.
    My personal order: 1. # 6928 - 90/100 2. # 6950 - 88/100 3. # 6953 - 86/100
    • Nose
      rather semi-dry sherry with a tendency to muffiness; little caramel; the orange and yellow 'take 2' candies; slightly light grape must; a little more sulfur than in # 6950; Over time, dried apricots and raisins are added
    • Taste
      rather dry; musty lighter red wine; a bit greasy; Coffee with some cream; Dark chocolate; a few lightly toasted almonds; some fresh blackberries and redcurrants appear
    • Finish
      again the cream coffee, but not very strong; light caramel sweetness; the berries are there too, but they are a bit liqueur-like; medium

  29. Wild Thing scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  30. Wild Thing scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Is quite good in the aroma, but limps in the mouth and finish what afterwards.
    • Nose
      Nice sweet and fruity sherry notes, no trace of sulfur. Christmas cake, baked apples and overripe red grapes. A pretty strong, sweet wine aroma. I like it.
    • Taste
      Again the sweetness with a certain peppery pungency. Sticky, sweet, oily and spicy, I would even say. Grape? Not spectacular yet good.
    • Finish
      Medium long, now comes the oak and slight bitterness.

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