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Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
81
Whiskybase ID
WB97735
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
28.09.1988
Bottled
15.05.2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Wine Treated Butt
Casknumber
6791
Number of bottles
461
Strength
58.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 jun 2017 8:00 am by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156.30

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.30 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Without water he is really good, but what happens with a few drops of water is incredible. From front to back a great malt.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Characterized by nut and wine notes, fermented fruits, grapes, more yellow fruit, milk chocolate, creamy, slightly sweetish, but also very acid, spicy, not really maggi, but slightly in the direction of going
      he adds something to water, becomes more intense and pleasant, beautiful
    • Taste
      91 91
      intense, oily, also slightly sweet and sour yellow fruit, tart oak, vinous, a touch of grapefruit, nice mouthfeel
      with water also in the mouth an increase, also here more intense, better mouthfeel, taste explosion, wow, necessarily with water try
    • Finish
      89 89
      extremely graubily in the aftermath, warming, tearing, long-lasting

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    tasty with a clear impact of a white sweet wine
    • Nose
      Sparkling sweet white wine notes, natural apple juice, subtle creamy vanilla, distinct oak barrels, sweet grape must
    • Taste
      sugar-sweet apple juice, Gewürztraminer, grilled apricots, spiced oranges, dry oak
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet, dry, slightly

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great Blair Athol and, in my eyes, many times better than the sherry drums from 1988 by Signatory.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully spicy, orangig malty, sweet roasted aromas, green hazelnuts, sweet jam, honey, malt beer, orange peel, popcorn, hidden vanilla, licorice, with water, the nut flavor is stronger, reminds me of white chocolate with hazelnuts and strawberry pieces
    • Taste
      Orangig sweet, again with many spices, then pushes the alcohol, slightly peppery, creamy but with a lot of heat, sweet oak spice, with water it is more orangiger and the spice comes out even more beautiful, as expected, he is creamy
    • Finish
      Sweet, spicy, well interwoven, a bit sparkling - which fits very well, the spices stay warm for a long time, that does not change with water

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Voluminous and intense, spicy and fruity. The wine aroma is unmistakable, the sulfur aroma is barely bearable for me as a sulfur allergy sufferer. Tastes and pleases!
    Edit: Compared to Cask # 6792, a shade lighter, more sulfur-heavy and characterized by fermented grapes and berries, clearly sharper in taste!
    • Nose
      Intense amber shines in the Premium Snifter, a multitude of small "legs" loosen from the streak that adheres to the glass wall. Dried and fermented grapes rise, hints of sulphurized berries and a rotten cellar exude their delicate fragrance, the alcohol tickles the nose minimally. After a few moments the glass fills with beguiling sweetness, currants and blackberries appear, a hint of orange and tart citrus fruits rise, apricots and freshly squeezed apple juice follow, hints of caramel and toffee round the wonderfully fruity nose with spicy wood tones away.
    • Taste
      Sweetness flashes briefly with the first sip, then sour fruit aromas flow over the tongue, suddenly black pepper envelops the tongue and lines the palate with a good degree of spiciness. Citrus aromas dissolve from spicy oak, abrasion from grapefruit peel and tart wood tones exude their sour aroma, black currants stick to the tongue. The second sip pours voluminously over the tongue, tannic acid and fermented fruits stimulate the flow of saliva with peppery heat and a touch of chilli. Minutes later, the spiciness sticks between the lips, cozy and warm, tart grapefruit rest on the palate with dark berries, the voluminous alcohol draws warming down the throat into the stomach. Lovage and herbs appear, the mouthfeel becomes noticeably creamier and oily, hints of tobacco and leather stick to the palate ...
    • Finish
      Spicy wood sticks greasy and oily on the palate, hints of dried grapes and berries, hazelnuts and minimal tobacco, apricots and re-fermented fruits. The oily texture remains on the palate for a long time, gradually the partly tart wood tones fade and leave behind minimal sharpness with dark and partly sour fruit notes.

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very intense flavored older malt with wine, some sulfur and dense fruit on the palate and on the finish. I like it very well, a crystal-clear 92-point malt with absolute strength on the palate.

    In comparison, I like the barrel 6792 (ID: 69055) better. Interestingly, in this "neighboring barrel", I notice little of the "wine-treated" aromas, but I perceive more dense fruits in the nose and on the palate. Whining at a high level, of course. Because who is more on the tart-dusty malts with light dark fruit component, is fully satisfied here.

    _A few drops of water_ open the nose towards ripe peach; the malt is also a bit lighter and sweeter and in fact a little vinous. On the palate, the light fruit notes are stronger, spice and oak remain decisive, as in the finish. This barrel benefits from a few drops of water in my opinion more than the neighboring barrel 6792.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Something alcoholic, neat oak, dry basement floor. Weinig, towards herbal-mineral rosé wine. A very small matchbox. Only after prolonged breathing, the smell of a few blackberries. Unlike the Barrel 6792 (ID: 69055) by Blair Athol, I have no blackberry compote and no cinnamon, the malt is noticeably herbaceous and dusty in the nose.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Ok, in the mouth he comes first with a breath of wine, but then immediately follows the blackberry compote, now with some cinnamon, and of course the oak. The match heads are now also more intense. On the palate, much fuller than in the nose, the wine aromas are only noticeable to me at the beginning of the transition from the nose to the palate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The fruit components are also present in the rather long finish, accompanied by oak, some sulfur and herbs.

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in tandem with its twin (WB ID 100402).

    Refill sherry (or, yes, okay: paxarette) on the nose, slight sulphur in the background - perhaps like the lit fuse of a firecracker a few meters away. Weirdly enough, it's not at all bad... I daresay it even makes the nose a bit more interesting and "fiery". No alcohol whatsoever on the nose; impressive. Sweet and fruity like its sister bottling, but with an additional peppery edge. This one noses perhaps a tiny bit "darker", with rum-soaked raisins rather than sweet peaches. The wood is there, but it's far from domineering.
    Very good nose, characteristically Highlands, fruity and robust.

    Begins super oily in the mouth, then the sweetness hits, and then the wood spices. First impression: it's a mouthful, but a bit too much for me at this strength: the burn drowns out the flavors and cuts them short. So, some water is in order...

    With water, the nose becomes sweeter, with strong notes of burnt caramel. It also becomes more overtly and more "creamily" sherried. Not sure if that's an improvement - it may be for some. The fiery nature is hard to tame, even with water, but now it's supremely drinkable. The firecracker association persists into the palate, and I still consider it an asset. To me, this tastes like a new year's eve kind of dram: sweet and sumptuous enough to serve as a digestif; strong and substantial enough to hold up to whatever has been consumed beforehand.

    After it has settled and absorbed the water, I find additional and appealing notes of beef consommé, but also some rubber, which some people might dislike, but I don't mind personally. The finish is unspectacular as it simply repeats what has come before (sherry, sweetness, umami) but neither adds anything new nor lasts particularly long. Also, I find myself missing a bit of oak in the aftertaste, and that's saying something, after 28 years...

    So: a big, chewy, malt, somewhat vulgarly and sweetly sherried. The age gives it complexity but, regrettably, not a memorable finish. Still very worthwhile though. A bottle to actually drink rather than hoard.

    Now: which one would I prefer? Really hard to say. I like the nose better on this one, but the sister cask has the edge when it comes to the palate. Let's call it even Steven.

  8. Merl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It can take a little water and is therefore sufficiently complex. On the palate a good touch of tannins, here it can't quite keep up with the nose.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At the beginning light fruits (apples, pears), vanilla and toasted bread. Later nectarine. The alcohol cools the nose. With water, more aspects come to light, especially hazelnuts, solvents and a note of fruit gum
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, bright fruits, the alcohol warms up properly. Woody notes increasingly with water.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish with nut chocolate, nutty oak and some bitterness.

  10. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Becomes more harmonious with a little water. Has a dull wood aroma.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Grape must, tobacco, old wood, caramel, somewhat citrusy. Medium intensity
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet oak, orange, honey, slightly peppery and citrusy. Creamy and pleasant on the palate. Medium to pronounced intensity.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Burnt candle wax, white pepper, smooth and warm. Middle finish

  11. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    nice finish. The malt wins clearly with water. Sour and fruity components make a beautiful composition. This is accompanied by a light tannin structure and a beautiful Nussigkeit. The wine barrel is clearly the star here.
    • Nose
      Fermented fruits. Typical wine note, after dark fruits, such as cherry, blackberry, currant. Tannins noticeably. Light vanilla on tap.
    • Taste
      decent start. Slight chili sharpness. Increasingly creamy and nutty. After prolonged chewing, the typical wine notes come through again. Reminiscent of wine gummy bears. (gives those with "mulled wine taste")
    • Finish
      very smooth, and long lasting. Some milk coffee paired with a light acidity. Bitternoten are very, very discreet.

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Clear wine notes, pretty OK and drinkable
    • Nose
      88 88
      White grapes, white chocolate, nutty, spices, citric, woody
    • Taste
      89 89
      Little punchy, fruity, subtle sweetness, more grapes, white wine, quinces
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm

  13. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Blair Athol 1998 The Cask Strength Collection Signatory Vintage WID: 97735
    Abv. 58.3%, 28 years (1988-2017), Paxarette Cask
    Nose: definitely a slight influence of sulfur, the alcohol content is surprisingly high for the age and noticeably noticeable in the nose, canned apricots, cocktail cherries (the pink, which one does not really believe it was cherries), plums, the sherry influence is very, very restrained , with sulfur, the sulfur influence is somewhat lower
    Taste: again light sulfur, stale mineral water, match heads, toasted bread, with water, the palate is much smoother and more pleasing, but also more boring
    Departure: may be due to the shape of the day, but I perceive the departure as slightly exhausted, short and boring true
    Conclusion: Were the expectations too high, or the barrel inactive? I expected more from a Paxarette keg and I do not feel like buying reflexes at all. But I'm also very sensitive to sulfur.

  14. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    too bitter, oak too dominant I liked Cask 6792 better
    • Nose
      spicy becomes more, oak increases, round, hazelnut, sea spray (from childhood on the beach), fruit, crunchy, raisins with water: cereals, fruity, later good vanilla and cherry
    • Taste
      soft and round slightly sulfuric, dark chocolate, slightly cherry, caramel (becomes more), oak, bitter and some pungency from alcohol with water: malt, slightly dry, later nice dark cherries
    • Finish
      medium to long slightly musty and later sulfur notes, bitter, oak, astringent with water: liquorice, maggie herb

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