Review: Aberfeldy 26 Years Old 1988 Cask 1087

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Aberfeldy Distillery

Bottling: Single cask sample

ABV: ~ 55%

Cost: N/A

Score: 93/100


What they say:

Distilled in 1988, this had slumbered in the warehouse at Aberfeldy for around 25 years before it was opened up for direct sampling during warehouse tours. We were guessing a cask strength of around mid 50%’s ABV and as we sampled it mid-2014 we added a year to make this 26 years old.


What I say:

During an experimental Whisky Geek Tour at Aberfeldy on 10th May 2014 we were shown around the distillery by the eminent whisky geek/tour guide George. During this extended tour we were given detailed information on the operation of Aberfeldy distillery and a lot of the science and technical expertise behind the whisky produced there. The tour culminated in a wee nosing and tasting session in the warehouse during which we observed some of the pot ale, spent lees and differing cuts of the Aberfeldy new make as well as seriously investigating this beauty of a dram, after having some fun trying to get the bung out!


Straw gold


Fruity peach, apple and melon, cereal barley malt, heather honey, beeswax, slightly floral perfume, pine nuts, almond oil, vanilla sponge cake, marzipan/frangipane


Smooth, sweet, madeira cake, apricots, almonds and marzipan, coconut butter, butterscotch, crème toffees, malted milk biscuits, fruity tangerine and nectarine


Long, zesty and a little drying with sweet golden syrup


Possibly one of the best drams we have tasted. There is a lot to be said about the ambiance and tasting of whisky in a traditional dunnage warehouse straight from the cask. Presumably this is how a lot of master blenders sample their stock and so I feel this really is the most accurate way of ascertaining the true character of the whisky. That said on a high of whisky geekery and information overload, this whisky was a well-received conclusion to our tour and was always going to go down well. Having conversed with others who have also had the chance to sample this cask it appears pretty unanimous that this is a superlative whisky from Aberfeldy.