Collectivum XXVIII Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

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

Average value

€ 187.08

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Whisky Reviews for Collectivum XXVIII Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.80 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. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As a whiskey connoisseur, there is actually no way around this bottle. I think if someone has mastered the craft so that he can conjure up an acceptable quality from 28 different distilleries, that is already upper class. So it was a compulsory round for me to test it even if I'm not a smoky guy. Someone who doesn't care about that should leave it. There are better bottles for this money.
    • Nose
      The nose tells me immediately that he needs water. Then it will be creamy and full. But there are rather light notes behind the leathery smoke. It conveys everything on the milder level and has a fruity floral effect. Very fine tuned! But I expected more.
    • Taste
      Fat, full palate flatterer. Fine smoke mixes with leathery wood notes without becoming bitter. Everything is set on the lighter level and always remains deliciously sweet. Spicy and cheeky, he always brings the light pepper into play. Well done. Whiskey craft in blending at the highest level.
    • Finish
      Medium to rather long and again just as fruity and sweet, flattering with a light smoke, it slowly releases warming. Fine sweet vanilla and smoky spices remain in the mouth. I'm not a Rauch fan, but this bottle impressed me.

  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. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately a bitter disappointment. Blending means more than pouring it together, it doesn't let any character emerge, a bit like a vegetable broth that has turned too thin
    • Nose
      82 82
      Fermented fruits, Galia melon, white pepper
    • Taste
      81 81
      White pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short and unspectacular

  5. LordBellamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: it starts with a very rich nose, which also reveals Sherry influence, a few light and dark fruits (applesauce + blackberry jam), coffee cream, toffee, waxed leather saddle, mushrooms. On the second nose then plays a subtle peat smoke note with pure, some sea salt and lime abrasion come to even a little fresh mint can be found

    Taste: creamy mouthfeel, which can be rolled right over the tongue, first malt, then some smoke and a great Pfeffrigkeit, which reminds of Talisker, in addition to toffee and orange peel

    Finish: long and dry, here too the talc pepper, caramel, light woodiness to the end, the spice, forest soil and hazelnut shells brings with it

    Water: Actually, one thinks of it: "He does not need water." But half a teaspoon opens the malt and brings in the nose again a distinct caramel sweetness, wax and citrus are stronger. This is an Olympic swimmer, the water is doing him very well. No, he really needs it to really shine

    Conclusion: I have been watching the price policy in the Special Releases for some years with skepticism, nevertheless, I always try to try some of the bottlings, but were the last few years also always really good and sometimes affordable things with it. At this Diageo has done everything right. A Bomb Blended Malt, here the Blendmaster once pulled all the stops of their skills and composed a beautiful Vat. The only drawback is perhaps the finish, behind the back he is a bit one-dimensional, but the overall performance should not diminish. Which malts stand out? I recognize Clynlish and Talisker, but of course that's totally advised. For me definitely a real highlight - 90 points

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. etwa77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    the Clynelish is strong with this one// as for the rest.. it’s like the Babel tower.. crashing under it’s own weight and ambition..

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It’s a very interesting blended malt from Diageo. It combines spirits from all 28 scotland distilleries by Diageo.

    Very balanced notes of fresh fruits, flowers, dried fruits, old leather, a little bit perfume on nose, peat smoke appears after 20 minutes in glass.

    Furniture polish, spices, dried fruits, leather and oak notes on taste.

    Long finish starts with spices, and goes with oak, vanilla, pepper, dried fruits notes. 


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