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Black Tartan 88 A Blend Of Macallan Highland Park & Glenrothes

21st September 2020
Black Tartan 88, a 31 Year Old limited edition blend of iconic whiskies produced at The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes distilleries scores 94/100 in Jim Murrays latest Whisky Bible 2021 and it is still available.

Black Tartan 88 a blend of Macallan Highland Park & GlenrothesEdinburgh based Skene Whisky who is a relatively new independent bottler who emerged a few years ago but have been relatively quiet regards new releases in recent times has just released their first bottling for 2020, 'Black Tartan 88', a premium Scotch blended malt whisky comprising of just three component whiskies, The Macallan, Highland Park & The Glenrothes.

The three component whiskies which were distilled in 1988, were blended at birth and laid down to mature in a single hogshead cask for 31 years. The result of this marriage of Highland malt whiskies after 31 years of the angels taking their share is 337 X 70cl bottles of 'Black Tartan 88' which has been bottled at 48% ABV and is naturally coloured and non chill-filtered and the RRP for a bottle is £248.

Described by Skene whisky as being very smooth, they say on the nose it has "sweet vanilla and tropical fruit, on the palate spiced butterscotch with balanced oak and the finish is again vanilla, warming, long and to the rear of the palate".

There is no doubt that given the pedigree of Black Tartan 88 with two of the three component whiskies in the Highland blended malt having been produced at the iconic distilleries of The Macallan and Highland Park there will be a lot of interest in the whisky and no doubt fuelling that interest will be the fact that Jim Murray has scored the Black Tartan 88 in his latest edition of his Whisky Bible 2021 at 94/100 which is a big score and a big thumbs up from Jim who commented "This is an old dram which retains a marvellous zest for life but piles on the malt in spades".

I am told that Skene Whisky plans to release a number of new ranges later this year. "Skene Reserve" will be single cask premium bottlings of vintage malt whisky (eg Macallan 30 Year Old). "Skene Sherry Editions" will be sherry-matured single malts (48% ABV) aimed squarely at whisky drinkers. "Skene American Oak Editions" will be ex-bourbon single malt bottlings, again bottle at 48% ABV. "Skene Peated Malt Editions" will be as peated single malt expressions, again bottled at 48% ABV.

The new Black Tartan 88 expression is now available from Skene Whisky’s online shop at https://www.skenewhisky.com/product/black-tartan-1988-single-cask/

You will also find Skene's everyday Black Tartan blend available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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