Bladnoch 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Celebrating 200 Years
Stated Age
10 years old
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Jun 2018 7:16 pm by IsleofArrik

Average value

€ 59.42

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 10-year-old

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.22 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    This is a comparative tasting of the 10 and 11 year old bourbon matured bottlings from 2018 and 2020 (WIDs 113367 and 166633, respectively).

    Long story short, both are outstanding bottlings (for their age) on the nose and the palate, but the 10-year-old crashes and burns on the finish due to (what I perceive as) some musty/moldy wood. I've retried it on multiple occasions to make sure, and it's unmistakably tainted.

    The 11-year-old is clean, though, and therefore vastly superior. 55 € for an 11 y.o. at drinking strength may seem like a lot, but I think it's justified in light of the quality on display here.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The 10 could easily pass for an unpeated Glen Scotia. It has that certain funky mustiness (somehow pleasantly sour/lactic), plus some damp wood. But, it has to be said, it's also an overachiever for its age, with an extremely rich and creamy and fruity ex-bc nose that seems a good deal older than ten years. I get yellow fruits (sour plums, apricots), grimy hessian, packed dirt floor, old and slightly musty wood as well as some beeswax and olive oil. There's also something indistinctly herbal, maybe juniper? It's an all-bourbon nose, but I'd say it's more autumnal than summery, if that makes sense. Impressive! 87 points.

      The 11 incorporates a similar funk, but generally comes across as somehow "cleaner" and better composed – the oak in particular seems more crisp. This leaves more room for the waxiness / oiliness and a citric side (grapefruit, lime, kiwi) that the darker, dirtier wood influence of 10 apparently smothered over. Definitely also beeswax here, while the oiliness may go more toward sunflower oil and a lovely dustiness (old wine cellar or attic, but not a damp one). This, too, seems older than its age statement. Certainly propelled by some really good ex-bourbon barrels and hoggies, but I wouldn't call it cask-dominated. The oak is never peppery or herbal or tart or any other word that comes to mind when there's over-the-top first-fill action going on. Instead it's just creamy and sweet and oily. An outstanding nose for an 11-year-old! I prefer it to the 10 and am tempted to go to 88 points on the nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The 10: Creamy and oily mouthfeel right from the get-go. Nicely sweet as well, like a bourbon minus the overactive oak. It's only halfway through that some fruity acidity and more pepper enter into the mix. Here you get something like redcurrant or kiwi alongside some white pepper and grated ginger. The last third belongs to the wood, and this curious funk that reminds me of Glen Scotia. Which wouldn't be bad in and by itself, but after a few sips the cumulative impression is that there are indeed some substandard, musty barrels that have found their way into this vatting. I had the palate at 86 initially, but I'm subtracting a point for the weird woodiness at the end. So, 85 points.

      The 11: Acidic, yet simultaneously creamy/waxy start, then the oils keep building and reaching all through the flavor development. Oscillates back and forth between creamy/waxy/oily and fruit/citric on the tongue. Man, what a texture! I am again seriously and pleasantly surprised. Flavorwise, you get maize, golden syrup, sour/sweet yellow stone fruits, buttered and salted popcorn, chamomile tea, shortbread, and vanilla crescents. Crazy good, 88 points again.
    • Finish
      69 69
      The 10: Yeah, there's something wrong with the oak, sadly enough. For me, it ruins the experience and depresses the score below the 70 mark. Too bad, otherwise this was a great bottling. But it has to be said that I'm sensitive in this regard and have, in the past, "disqualified" bottlings for their moldy oak that other aficionados have found totally okay. So whether or not you can get on board with this finish might depend on your taste in oak flavor. For me, this moldy note makes for 69 points at most.

      The 11: Not insanely long, but certainly more pronounced than it would have any right to be, considering the age. Waxy, with mellow bourbon sweetness and still some ripe apricot. Just enough spiciness at the end to make for a pleasant tingle, but not an outright burn. The bourbon casks drive it, yet there is no overt oakiness or questionable wood influence. Super oily. Leaves a slightly salty film on the lips. Really impressive – and really good – again. 87 points.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      sweetish, wax, woodruff, honey mead, vanilla
      in the Blender's Glass still: young fresh and sweetish herbs mmmh
      slightly artificial sweetness
      herbal candies
      Now something Maggi comes through and the furniture polish of megabreit wink
      floral note in the background
      a touch of cucumber water
    • Taste
      liquid cool honey on the lips
      He heats himself up on the tongue
      unfolds its herbs and some broth
      oily, wood, some glue
      on the palate ripe sweet cereals, citrus warm
      the honey sweet dissolves sweetly
      becomes too bitter wood with seasoning
    • Finish
      a very long finish
      yes there is the crumbly almost dry apple - extremely clear at the very end of the departure
      and barrel slightly bitter / gummy

  3. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    Often overlooked, dismissed and underrated, Lowland whiskies are consigned to the shadows. With its massive square bottle, Bladnoch 10 is almost shouting out: 'Look, I'm back!' The nose opens up nicely, combining grainy and floral notes with sour cream, blackberries and fresh citrus. On the palate, the aromatic and semidry arrival gives way to sweet vanilla cream, bitter lemon and grassy hints of coconut. Mild tannins, grapefruit and a touch of roasted bread mark the medium-length finish. A fine summer dram which is far from being a lightweight!

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The wood note is so concise that it tastes much older 10 years. wlk 19-7
    • Nose
      86 86
      Starts with sour apple and bitter honey. The sour note passes quickly. Then bread dough, malt, vanilla are added. Caramel sweet, beautiful spice (wood? Herbs?).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pleasant start with tidy wood. Hui, directly pretty dry. Grapes, vanilla, honey. The apple from the nose remained in it.
      Strong spice mixture with pepper, nutmeg and chervil; along with the woody note palatal. Almonds, milk chocolate. Warm caramel, creme brulee. You can literally chew on the wood. Fine-herb.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long, woody, vanilla sweet, orange peel. Still with bitter herbs, which provide a certain bitterness.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Been curious about this one, so thanks to karloff for the sample.
    Lowland and 10YO doesn't really sound too interesting, but this one over performs on every level.
    There are some truly great qualities to the basic distillate that must have been ignored by many that have rated this.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of yellow/orange fruit notes.
      Right after the pour there is a very noticeable sour-sweet smell to it. Strangely this "evaporates" rather quickly in the glass, giving way to more clear fresh citrus notes.
      Faint woody vanilla. Wafts of candy apple.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy, almost fat mouthfeel on arrival.
      Sweet fresh citrus.
      Spice and ABV is presented at a level where it is ready to enjoy, who in their right mind would mess with this?
      Delightfully light and sweet, balanced by moderate spice so it doesn't appear neither queasy nor boring.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The fresh citrus continues into a medium length finish.
      So fresh that it reminds me a bit of a lemon/menthol mouth wash.

  6. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This whisky immediately appealed to me. It has a certain uniqueness that I didn't encounterd before with it's quirky fruitiness and flowers. Bourbon casks work for Bladnoch, no need for exotic (Australian) wine cask finishes like the other official bottlings!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Banana, dried apricot, bergamot and vanilla cream. Associating more loosely I get haribo candy and even some baby vomit. An unusual but rather beautiful nose!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lively and clear: grassy and some flowers, jasmin tea, apple, banana and whipped cream. Some nutmeg and a slight saltiness appear after a while.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Banana milkshake, orange and star fruit, followed by spcies like nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit more restrained compared to the palate.

  7. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious and very tasty malt. For me a very good summer whisky. The fresh, fruity notes are convincing.
    This acidity in the nose is just such a break out of the standard ex-BC profile to make it a little more special.
    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet and fruity beginning. Floral notes like summer meadow, daisies and fresh hay come to mind. Is very summery, fresh. Orchards with fresh apples, pears, light citrus notes with vanilla and caramel. There are also cream candies, a little light honey, fresh oak and nice malty. The sweet and fruity notes merge into a slightly sour citrus / grapefruit note. In addition, there is always a smell of lactic acid or sourdough.
      Could also be a malt with a sweet wine finish. I like it!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very soft, gentle on the tongue. Looks not very watery. I only feel light spice and a minimal tingling sensation. Floral, fresh, fruity like light fruit. Freshly baked yeast bread, some sourdough, with honey and malt.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish, the overall impression remains fresh, vanilla and honey make it really sweet again at the end. The spiciness comes out again briefly.

  8. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    If Goldilocks drank whisky, this would probably be it. Not too much of this and not too much of that, it's just right. As far as Lowland whisky stake goes, this is their trump card. A real gem and everyone should have it behind their bar.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This is like Spring in a glass, fragrant and full of fruit.
      Orange, apricot, peach, banana and golden delicious apple.
      Vanilla, refresher sweet, the one that had sherbet in the middle.
      This really should be nosed outdoors to appreciate it a bit more.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Delicate sweet and spicy citrus as it says on the bottle, can't argue with that.
      Refreshing and creamy on the palate, this really is a treat for the taste buds.
      To be honest I could drink this all day and everyday.
      Again the 46.7% is bang on and why wouldn't it be.
      Absolutely no water needed and i don't care what Dave Broom says.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A medium finish and that citrus spice really comes into it's own and as it fades it's almost willing you to pour another glass.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not a great spirit. It reminds me of Jura and Glen Scotia, nothing like the typical grassy profile that Bladnoch used to be known for.
    • Nose
      78 78
      First it's all about cheese. Dough, apple and vanilla.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Cardboard, dough, cheese, orange, apple and salt.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dough, vanilla, apple and orange.

  10. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Caramel, honey, tropical fruit, peach in syrup, cinnamon, light pepper, nutmeg, cotton candy and marzipan.


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