Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
27 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Added on
30 Jun 2016 7:26 pm by RoyC
UncoloredChillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 137.44

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.66 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is the 20th Blair Athol that I have tried so far. I could have done much worse. Still available at TWE for around 140 EUR sans engraving. Thanks, Jonny & Eef!
    • Nose
      Oh, my! I have only just poured a dram and immediately the room is filled with a wonderfully sweet scent of coffee beans, milk chocolate, dried peach, thym and eucalyptus, orange liqueur, cherry pith and marzipan. Not really a sherry bomb, but very nice indeed.
    • Taste
      It is very creamy and does not burn despite the high ABV. That does not mean it isn’t powerful. Au contraire. Wonderfully sweet and very spicy. The palate is riddled with blood oranges (on steroids, obviously), cloves and garden herbs. Apricot pastry kicks in. Maybe even some rhubarb. Nicely balanced.
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully long, sweet & sound and spicy and leaves the mouth dry.

  2. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    in f: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejuly16-2-Glenglassaugh-Ledaig-Dalmore-Tomatin.html#220716

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A follow-up, two years on


    According to FaD, the Blair Athol distillery received around 75,000 visitors in 2017, second only to Talisker at 72k and Lagavulin [7th] with just shy of 24k visitors.

    ‘Cloudy worts and a short fermentation time give the nutty base, but it is distillation which adds real weight to the distillate. A controlled level of solids coming across in the wash still add a rich, deep, malt-loaf character to the new make. It is this character which allows it to show so well in ex-Sherry, although for blending purposes the majority of the make is destined for ex-Bourbon’. [SW]

    N: Lots here [nothing blatant], with an amalgamated & serendipitous complexity that changes with every sniff - that is, of an old sherry nose with delicious combos, sherry lactose notes and earthy fungal tones. Check out Dave Broom’s excellent description for this one [SW].
    T: A rightly precocious, strong, sugary soup that develops on chocolate with floral/soap/oily touches - oh, and that sherry swims just fine. More & more materialises as it opens out.
    F: Lovely bone-dry sherry with desirably light tannins, if at all. Plenty going on until the end, and with lovely bitters to boot.
    C: There’s nothing not to like, and accordingly, everyone loves this straight off. But did we have this before? We did! - at Christmas 2016 in fact [blog], and it’s gained three more points two years on!

    Scores a B

  4. Dalm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Complex, sherry and oak. There is much to discover.
    • Nose
      Sweet and fruity, peach, raisins, oranges, other dried fruits, cinnamon, oak, moist softwood
    • Taste
      Spicy onset, moist fir-tree, white pepper, becomes sweeter and fruity to slightly bitter, grapefruit, orange, accompanied throughout by a beautiful oak
    • Finish
      Spicy onset, moist fir-tree, white pepper, becomes sweeter and fruity to slightly bitter, grapefruit, orange, accompanied throughout by a beautiful oak

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great dram don't get me wrong but in comparison with the LMDW I am missing the balance and the blast! Great 1988 casks from Blair Athol!
    • Nose
      peaches, pepper, coffee bones and juicy oranges

      A good sherry nose  no doubt but it is also does not knock my socks off.
    • Taste
      juicy oranges are back in mouth but the dram is simply too strong without water so I am trying it with some water again:

      better and more balanced with juicy ´sweetness. A good sherry dram!
    • Finish
      espresso finish and dry sherry. Good!

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Not dissimilar to the Togouchi but this is more oily with liquorice, old raisins [a touch dusty] and pastries with tutti fruity and fruity meats - so sweet suet then. Settles and gets down to it’s oily, malty barley business - a little Mannochmore like yet less austere.
    T: Lots of fine, prickly, peppery sprinkles. I reckoned on this being another 18yo, but hey i was way out. More chocolate liqueur, tutti fruity and hints of pecans and caramac. The mouthfeel is a soapy=milky combo but that’s not undesirable.
    F: The prickly intensity continues but it's never that obtrusive. Concludes with dry vanilla cream and some [bourbon] oak tannins.
    C: With form consistency throughout it’s a good all-rounder if a little misshapen and certainly worthy of being saved from the Bell’s. Very light sherry cask.

    Scores a C+

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very good, big, sherried whisky with a bit of an old school edge. 
    • Nose
      Syrupy sherry notes of cherries, blackcurrants and dates go hand in hand with a more forest-y side. Decaying leafs and wet tree bark. Also tobacco and caramel, and after a while even some soy sauce.
    • Taste
      Big sherry here, with lots of thick flavours of fruit (plums, berries), espresso and chocolate. Followed by mint, tobacco and more spicier notes, as well as earl grey tea.
    • Finish
      More espresso and chocolate, ending on a fruity note. Long.


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