Review 510: Bladnoch 1992 19 Year

bladnoch1992bbThis 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.

Distillery:Bladnoch Distillery
Region:Lowlands
Location:Bladnoch, Wigtownshire
Owner:David Prior (since 2015)
Founded:1825
Status:Active
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
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Berry Bros & Rudd
Age:19 Year
ABV (% Alc):51.7%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:1992
Bottle date:2012
Vintage:1992
Maturation:Not stated but probably ex-bourbon cask
Cask number:#2967
Bottle number:Not stated
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
White wine

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
A medium long and slightly drying finish with aromas of pepper, ginger, apple, honey, pear, cedar wood, tannins, almond paste, hay and oak.

Marks:
  • 8.2/10
    Smell: - 8.2/10
  • 8.1/10
    Taste: - 8.1/10
  • 7.9/10
    Finish: - 7.9/10
8.1/10

Conclusion:

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