Overall rating
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
28 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Sep 2016 10:02 pm by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 158.00

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19 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tamnavulin 1988 DR

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.47 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Flowers in a Cardboard Box

    For my thirteenth encounter with this distillery, I selected a 28 years old Tamnavulin that was distilled in 1988 and bottled at cask strength in 2016 by A.D. Rattray. It’s not easy to find official Tamnavulin. It’s a young workhorse (only founded in 1966) for the blenders, mostly White & Mackay. They own the distillery, by the way.

    The nose is fairly sweet on Jonagold apples and chamomile tea, straw and vanilla custard, but quite ‘silent’ if you know what I mean. Not outspoken at all and rather docile. And after a few moments it smells like flowers that were left in a cardboard box.

    It’s a lot less sweet on the palate, pretty peppery and somewhat unpleasantly sharp. Green grapes, the apples again, but also wet woot and bitter tea leaves. Some ginger, but too much wood at the same time.

    The bitter tannins continue in the finish, followed by chamomile tea that was left unattended and again that floral note.

    Not my cuppa. This one should have been blended away, sorry.

  2. mika417 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Straw and green tea leaves fragrant as if steamed Green apple Dry papaya Chamomile tea & butterscotch to cover the whole
    Pre-ripening stage, and even lower frequencies will convey the feeling of maturity more clearly (☜ specifications for elderly people like me)
    White grape and green apple fruit black tea Butter balls and fresh cream are added to the fruit black tea, and the flavor of the tea leaves is boiled. At the same time, the spices of Grove & Cardamom are gently added, reminiscent of Masala Chai
    Fruity tea Milky taste containing chamomile white flowers Lightly oak spice
    I'm almost going to perfume? Are you still OK? ! I liked it

  3. VWWW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It took me me sometime to get used to the nose, quite a lot of offtones, tasted far better. Rough and edgy, almost some coastal character.

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: bit harsh, vanilla cream, jonagold apples, ripe pear and wet leaves... even perhaps some boiled Brussels sprouts.
    Taste: Wet wood, vanilla, red apples, quite delicate
    Finish: medium long, oak driven.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86


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