Bladnoch 10-years-old

"Probably not the best first encounter with a whisky from the lowlands. I found this too sour and citrussy, at least for my liking"

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Bladnoch whisky is in the last decade mostly known from independent bottlers, where it has made quite a good name among many afficionados. After being mothballed several times, the distillery was acquired in 2015 by the Autralian entrepreneur David Prior. In 2018, we saw the first releases under the new ownership, including a complete new square design of the bottles and an apparent shift towards a more high end product. After the Samsare, Adela and Talia (which could be the names of his three daughters), a 10-year-old limited edition was released to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary. I must say I am not that familiar with Bladnoch, in fact not at all, this will make my first Lowland single malt at all!

Nose

The first impression is sour, and not that pleasant. It reminds me of the smell of old sweat socks. Then orange peel, kaki fruits geel fruit kaki fruits and young rum. Gets better. More red fruits follow, with red berry juice and fresh tangerine parts.

Taste

Sharp, earthy, and many citrus fruits, in particular oranges. Lemon juice, more lemon juice (it definitely needs water, although the strength is not that high). Lime skin, dry sand, lemon sweets and limoncello.

Overall

Probably not the best first encounter with a whisky from the lowlands. I found this too sour and citrussy, at least for my liking. I will try some more from this distillery (or others from the same region), maybe I continue with some Bladnoch from earlier times.

What others say

Whiskybase: 82.62 (36 votes)
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
35%
Peat/smoke
10%
Nose 74%
Taste 81%
Balance 77%
Depth 75%
Finish 81%
Score