70cl / 51.1%
26 Year Old Signatory TWE Exclusive
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Balmenach 1988 Reviews
Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott (TWE)
Nose: Fruit salad to start – orange segments, apples, pears and tinned peaches. Sharper and weightier notes build, with oily touches joined by cut grass, vanilla toffee and raisin-studded shortbread biscuits. Softly floral waxiness sits underneath, combining singed candle wicks with heather and honeysuckle.
Palate: The buttery biscuits of the nose leap to the fore, with whipped cream and warming woody spice – cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Stewed apple peeks out from behind the spice, and charred staves and earthy dunnage notes sit beneath. Water unlocks fresh fruit and sweet cream.
Finish: Spicy to start, softening through apple pies and poached pears before liquorice and anise revive the heat.
Comment: Layers of fruit and spice with even more fruit revealed if you add a drop of water. Old-fashioned fruity whisky at its best.