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Overall rating
88.29/100
votes
40
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
2 Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
306
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2017 7:36 pm by adrenalin
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 195,98

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40 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 CA

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.29 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] Quite a while ago that I had my last Blair Athol (actually it was at the distillery during my last visit) - so this is a good reason to try this one...

    ...and this is a modern wood-driven whisky with a strong spicy-herbal profile. It is not bad at all and lovers of that genre will like it - but my taste buds prefer rather distillate-driven and balanced drams (the Traditional Scotch style).
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a spicy-herbal-waxy profile that is interesting to sniff but not my favourite aromas mix, unfortunately (missing the sweeter notes). This is definitely a modern wood-driven style where the distillate character plays a minor role only.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is sweeter than the nose with some fruits, bubble-gum, sugars and bitter cocoa flavours. Later the spices and herbs take over and turn the taste bitter again. No, this is not balanced at all - but it is not bad either. Water releases more oily and mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste and finish much more spicier (chili, white pepper) while the bitter herbs retreat from the stage. A further reduction flattens the dram and I like it best somewhat reduced to about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The initial mouthfeel is warming but not much coating with a minor drying moment (old papers). The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions. The drying feeling of the initial mouthfeel starts a comeback during the finish.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Yes, that's delicious! Intense, fruity, spicy, exciting - and maybe just a little too hot at the end ... but no, now comes the pineapple again! Hammer part.
    • Nose
      Pineapple, apricot, gooseberry, guava, freshly cut parsley + cress, summer meadow, bewitching sweet jasmine, sweet clover, lavender honey, light coffee smell, vanilla, roasted nuts, marzipan croissants, light leather notes - super nice nose!
    • Taste
      oily-sweet, creamy and intense! sparkling pineapple guava explosion accompanied by cloves, white pepper and fresh basil, turning into dark chocolate and espresso, lots of vanilla, lavender honey, marzipan croissants, roasted hazelnuts, popcorn with caramel, gooseberry jam, blueberries, some lemon, grapefruit, bergamot , Mint, green tea with jasmine, espresso
    • Finish
      Sweet-spicy and long, dark chocolate, vanilla, blueberry muffin, still the intense pineapple, mint, menthol, finally parsley, basil, some bitter-sweet grapefruit and more and more espresso ... and then some cress

  3. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    I can repeat the official tasting notes but that might not be something you would be looking for.

    It is more or less spot on for me. Floral and dried apricots. Taste much more on chocolate, some dough and cream. Light menthol finish with berries.

    A good whisky, highly enjoyable. Although I would expect not to drink a 3rd glass of this. Something to savour and enjoy but not on a daily base.

  4. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Just a small sample, but enjoyable non the less
    • Nose
      90 90
      Tasting note on bottle is about spot on.
      Refreshingly floral and fruity sweet.
    • Taste
      92 92
      More potent that let on by the nose.
      Dark choc, sweet but not overly.
      Pleasant level of spice.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very crisp. Chocolate carry over into a long finish.
      A revisit of the fruit and berries as the spice slowly recide.

  7. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. MacErwin did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Offizielle Notes:

    Nose: Floral, with cut grass, dried apricots and sweet toffee.

    Taste: Chocolate eclairs, soft all spice, more toffee and whipped cream.

    Finish: Blueberries, hints of menthol with cherry cake and dark chocolate.

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