1988 Blair Athol 26 Year Old "K&L Exclusive' Signatory Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

SKU #1227525

Last year's cask of 1988 sherry-aged Blair Athol from Signatory drove our customers into such a frenzy that we still get phone calls asking about it over a year later. The big, rich, caked-in-sherry flavor blended beautifully with the soft-fruited core of the Highland whisky's profile, creating an absolute beast when bottled at full proof. We're happy to announce to all those who've been begging us for more that we were able to return to Signatory this past spring and purchase the lone sister cask to that beloved Blair Athol, bringing one last batch of that sherry-matured magic to K&L customers one last time. Whereas last year's cask showcased all the sweetness and sugary spice that Oloroso sherry can offer, this whisky is much drier and earthier on the palate. It's full of coffee bean, dried prunes, and burnt almonds, lingering far longer on the finish with a more dynamic finale of dried earth and savory splendor. It's a fitting finale to one of the most talked-about and requested whiskies in K&L history. We're happy we were able to finish out the legacy with a bang!

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
This cask absolutely shocked me. It's supposed to be "refill sherry." But DANG it's dark like cola. So, on first nosing there's tons and tons of dark cacao flavors. Not chocolate, but straight up cacao powder. The palate is dry and rich, not unlike the exceptional single barrel Glendronachs we used to get at around this price. Big spice, big dry sherry, mostly bigness. I like this with a solid dollop of water. It will take a few minutes to open up after addition, but when it does we go toward the exotic wood and candied orange peel flavors that I really love. The structure remains but a new mellowness exists. Whether you take it neat or add a bit of water, this is unquestionably one of the finest sherried casks in the store.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
After the Blair Athol craze of 2015 at K&L, we immediately called our friends at Signatory and had them hold the last sherry butt in their warehouse. Signatory has long had a relationship with the nearby distillery and they'd been sitting on these ultra-rich casks of whisky for some time. This whisky is an absolute beast of malt. It's brimming with cakebread, Christmas spice, cocoa, and toffee. At cask strength, it can withstand a few drops of water quite well, which only open up more of that complexity. Unfortunately, I can't call Signatory and ask for more after we sell through this barrel, because this is the last one. Alas...

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
An expressive, rich and round single malt that is full-bodied. It is packed full of flavor with the sherry barrel aging showing itself. Malty and dried fruit flavors are part of the delicious flavor profile.

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Alcohol Content (%): 54.3