Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
28 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Dec 2016 9:25 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 324.90

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.58 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wow, what a sample! Chocolate, cocoa powder and cinnamon dominate the complete tasting. The high alcohol content creates an extreme pepper flavor, even while tasting the sample I ordered a large bottle. An absolutely cool part!
    • Nose
      Chocolate and an incredible cocoa flavor rise immediately after pouring the sample out of the glass. While the Blair Athol shines amber in the glass, tough and oily streaks run slowly back into the glass. Chocolate and cocoa powder dominate the first impression. Slowly, dark berries and a pinch of cinnamon come to the fore. The cinnamon exudes an incredible spiciness, orange peels fall into the cinnamon powder while slowly making the alcohol noticeable.
    • Taste
      Immediately, the cinnamon-cocoa mixture dominates the first sip, then explodes a hefty load of pepper in the mouth. Spicy wood follows, then milk chocolate and cinnamon become noticeable again. The taste is slightly nutty in freshly ground espresso. The palate still glows with the now very dominant pepper, a touch of leather and dry leaves let the taste fade away slowly.
    • Finish
      The taste still exudes its peppery aroma, the chocolate and cinnamon keep the finish alive. Slightly dry wood and a very pleasant walnut flavor will be remembered for a long time.

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Really great, powerful, full-bodied whisky, which just suits me for what it is - I have the feeling that if I add water to it, I will not get it better (I would have a whole bottle of it and I would not be at 60%, I would probably rather let that, than that I dilute, too bad drum). SV CS at it's best, with 150 € / 28J. (I think it was even cheaper) a good buy.
    • Nose
      Wow, powerful, only full Christmas - dried fruit, cinnamon, chocolate, Spekutlatius ... then dry, cocoa, walnut, tobacco, old leather, a touch of warm hay / horse stable - strong and intense, but does not sting, from the nose I do not feel like diluting
    • Taste
      wow again - the nose impressions come in 1: 1 in the mouth over (I do not copy again), he stays in the mouth long, then it's still really dark, molasses, cough syrup, coffee, Kamillan; Again, I have no need for water
    • Finish
      long, warm, dry, cocoa, tobacco, pepper

  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Wow- what a Blair Athol! Have been the bottle for over half a year now, just did not dare to open it and have first tried all the other BAs from the 1988 series. I liked Cask 6843 best with 54.5%. This one does it to him - just that he is completely different. For me an absolute hammer whisky, which demands a lot. But if you give him time (and next time I'll definitely take more time), he'll surely reveal more and give him more. 28 years, Single Cask Sherry Butt, and filters, undyed, cask strength - what more could you want. THAT is the high art for me to get it out of this way. For me still (a tick) better than the 1987 Linkwood MoS and until now in 2018 the best whisky.
    • Nose
      BÄÄÄÄM! He almost kills you in the nose. dark chocolate, dates, dried fruit, green apple, cinnamon, sour berries, dark chocolate, cocoa, orange peel ... what do I know, what else comes to light ... lying on the glass? With some water, some caramel and plums get through. Very sweet, very voluminous, mega sherry. I`m lovin it :)
    • Taste
      WHAT a start! Power without end and the impressions of Nosing continue in the mouth. The sweetness is even more pronounced. For that I have diluted to about 58%, nothing burns. The alcohol is very well integrated. Sherry, cinnamon, chocolate, orange, leather, oak, spice-ingenious! Sweetness and spice alternate, salivation is massively stimulated. Strong!
    • Finish
      Seeeeeeeeeee long-wonderful. Initially, the various sweet flavors hold. If you stroke your tongue along the edge of the jaw, you'll get the full load of it again. Sweet and sticky. Slowly it gets a bit drier in the mouth and it makes the spicy notes noticeable. Oak, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon, the green apples are back. The longest keeps logically the spice of the oak paired with the notes of coffee and cocoa. class

  4. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Would you tap Oloroso? Meets booty scheme already quite good. Great nose, pleasant to drink, only the finish remains comparatively back.
    60.6%? Really? Well integrated!
    Refill does not surprise me, after 28y would be the usual broth.
    Yes, he looks old.
    Delicious thing anyway!

    Notes from a blind online chat tasting.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Na restrained I do not think so. Malt sweet, beet syrup. Here, the tickling alcohol but significantly less in the nose. Mineral notes come up. Menthol can be guessed, now that you say it I have cocoa. Fresh forest mushrooms. That's probably the musty one. I definitely like the nose a lot better! (Compared with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/103713/glenturret-1988-sv#note-container)
      Wow, with heat that's really mushy! However, the alcohol bites me now. Is now increasingly sour. Faßsäure, which should also be a few days older.

      After the first sip: Yeah, now the nose is malty. Delicious! Pretty nice! Musty, sweaty, yet sweet and delicious ...
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dark with a decent portion of oak at the front. Herbs, menthol, beet syrup, plum jam and a decent portion of coffee also in the mouth. The mouthfeel is oily, the onset strong, 58% I could well imagine.

      In the second sip significantly more acid, but quite pleasant!
      Objection: Quite good nose, but plentifully sharp and impetuous in the mouth.
      Hm, I think that's not so bad in the mouth ....
    • Finish
      87 87
      Amazingly, rather short. Dries briefly and leaves only a little bit of menthol and acid on the palate.
      In the second sip now also dark chocolate.

  5. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    At first I was a little disappointed with the restrained nose (but can be due to the day!). But this whisky is a wonderful example of how a malt can come out of itself and open up when given time and muse. The cinnamon chocolate note is unique. The taste is the heart of this drop and convinces all along the line, especially with little water. The age hides the Malt also not. The initial fear of malnourished alcohol at over 60% is completely unfounded. Great!

    Addendum: At a later tasting this malt has convinced me completely! A far less restrained nose than in the Erstverkostung. Significantly more sherry, more cocoa, many soft fruits (currants, blackberries). Still a nice balance and not overbearing. The taste confirms his strong impression also undiluted! A really great matured malt!
    • Nose
      Very clear chocolate in the first nose, no alcohol (!), A lot of cinnamon, initially restrained, now it opens slowly with dried fruit, dates in chocolate mantle, dried orange peel, the cinnamon is very dominant (I've rarely seen so clearly in a whisky now comes sour berries, this fruit acid, which gives an old whisky a wonderful fresh fruitiness, now it is really great, tart chocolate, decent dustiness, old parchment, cocoa powder, in the second nose comes significantly more sherry, more fruits like prunes and cranberry jam, also a hint of vanilla and caramel
    • Taste
      first sweet on the tip of the tongue, a lot of sherry, again acidic fruitiness, then the malt with more than 60% neat on the palate, it is no alcohol note to feel rather prickling, peppery power, followed by cinnamon, chocolate, orange, leather, oak , oily and full
      The second sip with a few (few !!) drops of water is a revelation, much sweeter, much more fruity, the peppery power goes back just so that it is consistent, in addition to the old wood flavors again more in the foreground. Great!
    • Finish
      Pepper, getting dry, old dried walnuts, old sherry, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, raisins, old oak, dried out old tobacco, long finish, beautifully continues the "old" impression.

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    awesome PLV, a powerful Sherrymalt I just want to have in the glass from time to time - filled just right.
    • Nose
      Beef broth with lovage, teriyaki sauce, molasses, raspberry pulp, blackcurrants. With a few drops of water, it is much fruity - fragrant dynamic red fruit, mint, eucalyptus, rosemary and a hint of resin and wax mingles with oak and Christmas spices, the nose is always on the move - sometimes sweet, sometimes sour fruity, then spicy again - very big nose-cinema
    • Taste
      intense red berries, honey, dry oak, mint spreads on the tongue - dark chocolate with a very high cocoa content, nutmeg, leather, tobacco, very pleasing, dynamic
    • Finish
      chocolaty, tangy spicy oak, pepper, waxy oak

  7. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    certainly a very delicious Blair Athol. I can not understand the hype somehow. Compared to the other flower vase Blairs (eg WID: 63057) I do not taste much of a difference ... Color makes hype

  8. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A really excellent drop. My first Blair Athol, but certainly not my last. Beautifully integrated old sherry with a good portion of pleasant leather / tobacco and wood flavors. Very delicious!
    • Nose
      1.Nase: Cherry with a slight menthol note - "Pulmoll" comes to my mind. Everything accompanied by pleasant wood tones. Fruity but still called dry. At least the first nose shows a really nice balance of flavors and the proud age of the drop.

      2.Nase: fruit acid again in the direction of cherry but also brown sugar as an association of sweetness always comes through now. Much spiciness, etc. Liebstöckel or Maggy comes back to my mind. But also a walnut or a general Nussigkeit I associated myself with this drop. But pleasant as an opponent to the beautiful fruit or sweetness that escapes from the glass. The alcohol is in any way unpleasantly noticeable. Amazing at over 60 volts!
    • Taste
      1.Eindruck: Good start, tingling is in the border area, but still pleasant; sour / fruity and pleasantly nutty in the transition to the oak aromas, which go very much in the direction of strong black coffee and strong tart chocolate. Everything was very pleasant for the first sip.

      2.Eindruck: In the second attempt briefly really sweet, but then develops quickly to more set fruit flavors, which herald the departure with beautiful leather or tobacco and oak tones. Time in the glass does the drop very well. The alcohol gives the impression of cold in the mouth, but without burning.
    • Finish
      1.Imprint: The finish is really long. The middle of the tongue is covered with a residual fruit and a touch of bitterness, very nice!
      2nd impression: Again, the finish itself is characterized by coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Departure is just as pleasant to call long, spicy and not too musty-tart. Wonderful!

  9. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The very first Verriechen stings the alcohol a little bit in the nose and hides the wonderful diversity behind it. It is therefore worthwhile to leave the whisky. Then he unfolds his full potential. Also in the mouth his greatest strength is the complexity. This is a whisky that demands attention and wants to be explored. Those who apply this patience will be rewarded. The finish shows the age of the whisky that dominates oak. I like the whisky a lot, but it's demanding.
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, candied apples, Gran style on pancakes, cherry, dry sherry, oak, earth, autumn leaves on the forest floor, but behind it a little bit away, something slightly acidic, fresh, maybowl, very complex, after a while suddenly very fruity and sweeter, some tangerine, sweet plums
    • Taste
      Strong onset, glow on the tongue, slightly astringent, Glühweinbonbons, cherry, a lot of spicy oak, but little bitterness, tart and sweet notes in conflict In the second sip, the influence of the oak becomes stronger and pushes back the fruit, dry sherry, the bitterness increases, without displacing the sweet undertone.
    • Finish
      At the end there is the oak, bittersweet, a reminder of the plum, mighty wood influence, cocoa powder, some cinnamon, long

  10. jkswift scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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