This Bladnoch had a fascinating balance between its light, delicate malt and the cask which imparted a slight oaky bitterness at the end. The dram embodied some of those old oak or old wood notes that some people love, with pencil shavings and sawdust appearing at different moments. The notes of dried grass and nuttiness also put me in the mind of autumn and shucking the mounds of pecans from our trees.
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Soft citrus, floral, and grain. Gentle and sweet with notes of golden hay in the sunshine, citrus peel, fresh sawdust, and dried tangerines. Delicate florals came through as apple blossom, honeysuckle, and Japanese pears. Earthy minerals and chalk hung in the background.
Light and oily with fruit, floral, and grass. Herbal-floral notes gave the impression of a delicate fruity tea— orange and apple blossoms, dried pears, and oolong tea leaves. The mid-palate shifted toward wood and earth with minerals, chalk, kava, pencil shavings, and sawdust which gave way to the drying nuttiness of pecans. Herbs appeared with more time as thyme and mint with a bit of honey and pepper. Slightly bitter oak lingered through the finish.
Lingering astringency with subtle honey and herbs.