Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 8:00 am by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156.30

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Whisky Reviews for Blair Athol 1988 SV

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.34 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. 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.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 87 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.

  7. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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

  9. 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.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points 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


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