Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
28 years old
Wine Treated Butt
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Jun 2017 8:06 am by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 213,90

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.65 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. matts scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Character: Much darker and more intense than expected. The heavy texture and velvety mouthfeel are remarkable. Like a punch in a velvet glove. Sweet, vinous, dark fruit, spicy and tart. The "whatever" wine-treated barrel dominates the spirit very well, but that does not bother me at all.
    Rating: The Brennereicharakter here is not much recognizable, but damn it is delicious. To chew, enjoy and reinstall. I have a whopping 92 points.
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: fruits, caramel, chocolate, malt, nut, honey, oak, furniture polish, citrus fruits
      Description: Numerous interwoven flavors rise in the nose. A nice mix of orange, honey, malt, spicy oak and roasted aromas reminiscent of flamed caramel. Ostensibly slightly sweetish and subtly slightly acidic fermented. All in all quite nutty-chocolaty and accompanied by a touch of furniture polish. Over time, even subtle red fruit flavors come through: sweet wild strawberries join the ripe dark grapes. One of the most beautiful "vinous" noses that I had so far in the glass. Complex, high-contrast, set and fresh at the same time. That definitely makes you want more.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: chocolate, caramel, fruits, oak, spice, dried fruit, nut, coffee
      Description: Enormously soft and round, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel comes close to melted chocolate and literally invites to chewing. Intense chocolate, sweet caramel, and ripe dark cherries fill first on the tongue and then spread throughout the mouth. Gently clutching this mixture a really nice spicy oak taste. Warmth and a slight tingling spread in the mouth. The fruits are getting darker and sweeter - but without being sticky. Cooked plums, dark grapes and cherries, a handful of raisins and then more caramel and nutty roasted aromas. Class. The transition to the finish is suggested by almonds and espresso.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: chocolate, caramel, fruits, oak, walnut, coffee
      Description: The finish is long and warm. Chocolate and caramel join together with intense grape and plum jam on a perfectly fitting oak with a great deal of roasted aromas. The latter provide a wonderful tart finish of a sweetish-dark fruit finish. Tasty espresso and almond notes, along with caramel and dark fruits, linger for a long time.

  3. schero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. 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.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    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.

  7. 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

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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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