Collectivum XXVIII Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Diageo (Diag)
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2017
Refill American Oak Hogsheads, Refill Europe
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
17 Aug 2017 7:12 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 164,87

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Whisky Reviews for Collectivum XXVIII Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.85 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    The Special Releases from Diageo is something to look forward to every year. Last year, this Collectivum XXVIII was the surprise in the line-up in my book. It is a blended malt of all 28 operational distilleries that Diageo owns. Allow me to list them for you: Auchroisk, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Glen Elgin, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, Glen Ord, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Knockando, Lagavulin, Linkwood, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Oban, Roseisle, Royal Lochnagar, Strathmill, Talisker and Teaninich. Did you see Roseisle in the list? No releases of this distillery are currently available. Just sayin’.

    Lovely aromatic, almost tropical (maybe even Irish) nose on apples, pears, peaches, pineapple and blueberries. Turkish Delight, coffee grounds, leather and old books for depth. A lovely waxiness that implies that quite some Clynelish (or maybe even Brora) went into the mix. Fresh oak – that gives a soft spiciness – precedes some cinnamon and a lot of ginger. Lovely hint of peat and hay. This is complex!

    It tickles the tongue without burning, despite the high alcohol percentage. Apples and lemon zest come first, followed closely by loads of ginger and white pepper. Walnuts and cedar wood kick in. Becomes fairly sweet, but thanks to something of a dusty basement that sweetness is under control. Furniture polish, aniseed and quinine. I like it!

    The finish is wonderfully long, perfectly bitter and waxy (there is the Clynelish again) and drying. A feisty lemon zest and truckload of liquorice (and a touch of smoke) in the finale.

    This is a symphony, created by the instruments known as single malts. I do not know who the conductor (read: master blender) was, but he deserves a medal. Around 150 EUR, but worth it!

  2. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My first impressions are good, to retest soon as this dram seems complex. Very happy to have been able to taste it.
    • Nose
      The first fragrances are on the smoke, the honeyed peat. There is exoticism and vanilla. The whole is rather fat / buttered.
    • Taste
      Light attack then it rises quickly crescendo on vegetable spices and pepper accompanied by fruit of a slight austerity. Naturally the smoke remains ubiquitous.
    • Finish
      Nice length, long live on the return of the smoke. We find a little what we felt on the nose ie fruity smoke, a slight woody, spices and vanilla.

  3. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes: Nose: Dark, with a clear sherry and a clear woody note, even some polish, plus tobacco and some leather. He immediately makes a very elegant impression on me, with dark fruit, blackberries, but also raspberry cream and ripe lemons. It gets a little sweeter with water, vanilla, lemon balm and sweet mint.
    Mouth: Powerful, sweet, but also with onset of pepperiness, it spreads enormously voluminous in the mouth. He has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel, a fine and elegant wood structure, with some malt and freshly roasted coffee.
    Finish: Very long, elegant, fine astringent and nutty.
    Conclusion: First of all, you have to manage to make 28 such a well-functioning overall construct out of 28 whiskeys! A really great whiskey and by far the cheapest drop this year! https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I don't figure the price of a bottle into my score, but were this blend priced around 30 euros less, I would have bought a bottle or a case. It's quite an achievement to use all Diageo's malt distilleries to produce something coherent that actually kind of tastes like the average of what they own, although of course some malts may have been added by the cask while others rather by the pipette, who knows.

    Tasted with Ben Nevis cask 1368 (91 pts.), Glen Elgin 23yo 1995 Cadenhead 50,6% (88), Glengoyne 28yo Brass Spirit Safe (90), and Caol Ila 25yo 1979-2005 (90).

    Thank you for the sample, GIORGOS!
    • Nose
      A buttery smoke, heavier than what you get in the Highlands or at Orkney. A twix bar, and sal-ammoniac. It's a bit acidic too, but there's no overt wood pushing through.
    • Taste
      Sherry, and a lot of peat. The body's big and brash, and there's everything going on. Some curious notes I can only describe as reminding me of 1960s blends: tastes that are unusual or unfamiliar to me, and all I can think of is a Blair Athol with extra peat, or maybe a Clynelish without the wax and in some curious cask. A greasy peatiness binds it together well.
    • Finish
      Sadly the finish is diminished, as you'd expect from a blend. Compared to how big this one feels in the mouth, the hollowness of the exit is a letdown.

  5. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Deep, complex. Burnt notes stand out. European oak, spices. Slight smoke. Vanilla and chocolate, but all is more austere than gluttony.
      With water, cooler, on aromatic herbs.
    • Taste
      Very mellow, ripe fruit (melon, apricot ...) and dried fruits.
      Biting spices. It's old.
      Less interesting with water: always pleasant, but less intense and creamy.
    • Finish
      Sweet and intense, sparkling spices.
      Water weakens it.

      Nose 3/5
      Mouth and Finale 4/5 (3/5 with water)

      Whiskey n ° 2012

  6. mosesumike scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Actually, you as a whiskey connoisseur can not ignore this bottle. I think if someone dominates the craft so that he can conjure up an acceptable quality from 28 different distilleries, that is already upper class. That's why it was a mandatory round for me to test it even if I'm not a smoky type.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose tells me immediately that he needs water. Then it gets creamy and full. But there are rather bright notes behind the leathery smoke. He conveys everything on the milder level and looks floral fruity. Very finely tuned!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fat rich palate flatterer. Fine smoke mixes with leathery wood notes without becoming bitter. Everything again on the brighter plane and spicy cheeky he always brings the light pepper into play. Well done. Whiskey craft when dazzling at the highest level.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to rather long and again just as fruity flattering with a slight smoke, he lets go slowly warming. In the mouth remain vanilla and smoky spices. I'm not a smoke fan but this bottle impressed me.

  7. 55606882 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  8. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Sharper scent, which will not surprise you. Gray woody, varnished. Citruses, especially grapefruit, straw, vanilla, malt, apricots, strawberries and light cloves. (84 b)
    Taste: The first impression on the tongue is quite rich, compared to the standard scent. Malt, vanilla, pineapple, apricot, spice, wood. With water pepper and even more foolish, but somewhat pleasantly spicy. (86 b)
    Summary: I had a half-hour sample that I tasted two-wheeler, while I compared it directly with Cardhu 21, which I liked more. Blended malt whiskey is definitely unusual and is interesting by its composition but its own taste and smell are not as interesting. But I like to use the possibilities of tasting.
    Points: 85

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the nose still interesting, on the palate then absolutely average without special features. You look for smoke in vain. Too bad, the mass of different barrels rather blurs the subtleties and does not bring the expected complexity. The alcohol is poorly integrated and disturbs the palate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first, the flavors are very hard to distinguish. After some time, some sweet fruits with banana, pear and grapes. Intense roasted aromas, with malt and oak. Dustiness, vanilla and a touch of chocolate are also found.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Bright fruits, which are soon replaced by the obtrusive and peppery alcohol. Add some bitterness and oak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      First a little weak, relatively fast fading finish with maltiness. It comes even nutty oak and it dries a bit the palate.

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, edged blend that knows how to score with its aroma spectrum and the power behind it, comes to meet me.
    • Nose
      Ginger, nutmeg, intense, light honey, light malt, rather young oak, apricot, honeydew melon, lemon peel, light tobacco, white pepper, banana, vanilla, licorice
    • Taste
      Light raisins, tannins, licorice, ginger, nutmeg, light honey, intense, light malt, hearty oak, apricot, honeydew melon, old leather, dried fruit, fine smoke
    • Finish
      Oak, dried fruits with kernels, warming, long, spices and some dry leather


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