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September 16, 2021


Bladnoch is a type of distilleries that I’ve by no means fairly understood. I’ve tried some marvellously clear distillates previously, some feinty ones as effectively, however all of the current bottlings that had been sabotaged with very foolish wine casks have been completely sub-par in my e-book.  However we hold religion, whereas remembering the very participating Raymond Armstrong.


Bladnoch 'Vinaya' (46.7%, OB, +/-2020)

Bladnoch ‘Vinaya’ (46.7%, OB, +/-2020) Four stars

My god, Vinaya, what a reputation. Why not Vinassery? Winganza? What’s even odder is that that is basic ex-bourbon, with solely a bit of ‘outdated sherry’ thrown into the combination. So regardless of the dearth of age assertion, there’s hope right here… Color: gentle gold. Nostril: mashed turnips, new sneakers, magazines, margarine (somewhat proud about that quasi-alliteration), then sourdough, leaven, soot and grist, which is clearly nicer. A tad robust however I somewhat get pleasure from this sooty aspect. Mouth: we’re removed from the outdated Bladnochs’ fats citrus, however I somewhat like this newer model, which exhibits extra oak spices, ginger, cinnamon, but in addition this doughy, bready, fermentary aspect that is at all times very nice in malt whisky. I’ve to examine however this might effectively be my favorite current ‘cubist’ Bladnoch. Speaking in regards to the bottle, not in regards to the whisky. End: medium, on contemporary bread and oak spices, with touches of rye. In fact there is no rye. Feedback: good, I am deeply joyful, I do know I’ve stated unhealthy issues about Bladnoch, however this time I am extraordinarily optimistic. Nice progress in Wigtown, humblest kudos deserved.

SGP:451 – 85 factors.

Bladnoch 11 yo 'First Release' (46.7%, OB, bourbon and red wine, +/-2019)

Bladnoch 11 yo ‘First Launch’ (46.7%, OB, bourbon and pink wine, +/-2019) Four stars

Vorsicht, some Californian pink wine in sight! I am sorry however except rigorously STRised, pink wine is to malt whisky what pineapple is to pizza. Color: gentle gold, with no roséness, hurray. Nostril: bitter and fermentary, a bit of feinty at first, however getting nicer, with some lime juice, dairy cream, notes of burrata, distant, fleeting whiffs of child vomit, then a bit of caraway, aquavit, and pink grapefruits. Not your typical malt whisky, which is a transparent asset so long as the palate’s okay, let’s examine… Mouth: begins positive, fruity, clear, lemony, however the lactic notes do present up after simply three seconds, with some yoghurt and double cream. That is not unhealthy in any respect, the truth is, since it might then be geared in the direction of lemon tarte, with meringue s’il-vous-plaît. The closest good factor in life after white truffles and Brora. And Frank Zappa. End: somewhat lengthy and really lemony, with a inexperienced basis that works very effectively. Inexperienced grapefruits and oranges – love inexperienced oranges so long as your gums are in good condition. Feedback: I wasn’t fairly certain at first however I imagine that is very wonderful. Appears to be like like Bladnoch is again, however we might want affirmation.

SGP:561 – 86 factors.

Affirmation he stated, Charlie (Parker)…

Bladnoch 11 yo '2020 Release' (46.7%, OB, bourbon)

Bladnoch 11 yo ‘2020 Launch’ (46.7%, OB, bourbon) Four stars

Hurray, they’ve dumped the pink wine! A brainwave should you ask me… Color: gentle gold. Nostril: completely pretty that I may double-check the affect of the pink wine, simply by comparability, even when this cask combine appears to have been a bit of extra lively, with somewhat extra vanilla and ripe bananas. Globally, that is cleaner, much less fermentary, extra on muffins, breads, panettone, croissants, additionally flowers, acacia, zucchini, nectar… The previous expression really had fairly some bubblegum, which might solely come out while you evaluate them. I insist, comparability is cause. Whiffs of burnt pinewood right here, teak, eucalyptus… A wee smokiness for certain. Mouth: superb, agency, strong, fruity, creamy, malty, fashionable, with extra bananas, guavas, apples, even pears, vanilla, shortbread… It is clearly misplaced its yeasty aspect, however there is no such thing as a causes to complain. End: somewhat lengthy, extra natural, pretty. Extra citrus within the aftertaste, whereas in my outdated e-book, citrus was Bladnoch’s predominant marker. Ah the outdated 10 white label! Feedback: it type of acquired into line, which implies that it is perhaps rather less ‘totally different’ than earlier than, however this type of orthodoxy could be good, coz not all malts could be Springbank should you see what I imply. First-rate younger malt whisky, I believe I’ll purchase a bottle.

SGP:551 – 87 factors.

I am so joyful, a malt fanatic wants be enthusiastic. A 2021 Version is out, I will strive it as quickly as I can however do not maintain your breath.








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