Review 510: Bladnoch 1992 19 Year
This is the 11th whisky of the 2nd edition (2016) of the Whisky ProefOlympics (tasting Olympics) a blind tasting competition based in The Netherlands. Yet again a new expression for me. But thats the fun of competitions like this: you get the change to taste something you haven’t had in your glass yet.
BTW: I have tasted this blind. Well let’s see how this one performed in my glass.
What they write about it:
Bladnoch distillery is the southernmost in Scotland producing a delicately aromatic whisky of some considerable class and worthy reputation. The buildings date from the early 1800’s when the farmhouse style distillery came into life.
Delicate herbal and citrus aromas prevail, in particular, a lemongrass element. The palate offers some grassy, dry, lemon zest flavours with sweet outcrops of honey and menthol. An appetizingly fresh dry finish eventually succumbs to pulsing bursts of lemon peel.
|Owner:||David Prior (since 2015)|
|Water Source:||Loch Ma Berry|
|Stills:||1 wash still|
1 spirit still
|Capacity:||250.000 Litre pure alcohol per year.|
|Expression:||Bladnoch 1992 19 Year|
|Bottled by:||Berry Bros & Rudd|
|ABV (% Alc):||51.7%|
|Phenols (smoke):||0 ppm on barley|
|Maturation:||Not stated but probably ex-bourbon cask|
|Bottle number:||Not stated|
A light, fresh, rich and sweet whisky with aromas of apple, pear, floral tones (camomile, heather), hint of orange, lemon zest, fatty vanilla, grass, hay, butter, white pepper, ginger, malt, grains, rhubarb, marzipan, berries (gooseberries), butterscotch, honey and subtle creamy oak.
A spicy, powerful and sweet whisky with aromas of pepper, licorice root, ginger, tannins, cedar wood, apple, pear, apricots, dried fruits (sultana’s, fig), fresh plums, grass, cardboard, vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, fennel seeds, hint of bayleaf, sugared almonds and spicy oak.
A medium long and slightly drying finish with aromas of pepper, ginger, apple, honey, pear, cedar wood, tannins, almond paste, hay and oak.
- Smell: - 8.2/108.2/10
- Taste: - 8.1/108.1/10
- Finish: - 7.9/107.9/10
Finally the day has come in this blind tasting competition for a, often overlooked, Lowlands single malt. And yet again the organization has succeeded in finding an atypical expression of this distillery. This expression is more spicy and expressive than I expected from a Bladnoch. This whisky needs some time to open up and a wee drop of water can help you here. The mix of fresh, fruity and spicy aromas is quite seductive. The palate is quite spice and could be classified as a tad rough.
All in all a very nice representation of Bladnoch by Berry’s