Bladnoch 17-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Celebrating 200 Years
Stated Age
17 years old
Bourbon, California Red Wine Cask Finish
Number of bottles
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Limited Release
Bottle code
Added on
16 Dec 2018 6:36 pm by ctu

Average value

€ 90.62

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200 × member ratings

346 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 17-year-old

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.28 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    reserved in the nose, well-tended taffy-orange-boredom, some water tickles red fruits and a light (nice) bourbon note, it goes on in the mouth, red berries, cherries, four roses single barrel, spicy, warm finish with Oak and cocoa ...
    Delicious whisky, 80 € are borderline, but not totally outrageous.
    Of the good old Bladnoch, however, unfortunately nothing is left, this is pure Fasswhisky.
    I want the corn-and-hay bladnoch again. With green labels with Muh and Mäh! Howl!

  2. Moses scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I got it for free to test. A big thank you goes out
    to the “little dram” for the big rehearsal. I don't really have anything in common with Bladnoch.
    So it was a pleasure for me to sniff in there. Unfortunately I have to say that this kind of whisky is not mine. That reminds me too much of the Obstwasser character of the schnapps here on Lake Constance. Sorry, was just a thought ... just saying. What remains here is the thought of comparing it with the well-known brother of the same name, 7 years his junior.
    For this I hold back 2cl of it.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Metallic, grape-heavy, it comes across as young and immature. A little malt and grain impose. Artificial floral notes float above it. The stinging of alcohol only goes away with water. Something seems artificial here. Wasn't the NEW MAKE SPIRIT high-quality enough? I think the finish was a must! Seen in this way, the nose is too strongly influenced and not sufficiently complex in its own right. The search for character.
    • Taste
      82 82
      This Obstwasser effect fades out whether the texture has enough depth at the beginning. All in all, it makes a full impression, but at the transition it immediately becomes woody and alcoholic, drying and even slightly bittersweet. The barrel experience of 17 years of maturation is missing at this point. Only the artificially floral sweet note from the wine finish now remains in the background as an overall impression. Also rather a bit perfume-heavy. I'm satisfied with the texture in the transition.
      But you also have to like it bitter.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium to short. With this bitter impression, you go to the exit pretty quickly. It's a shame, because the 17 years definitely have the potential to give a little magic of joy at the end of 46.7% ABV. My feeling now tells me that the disadvantage of this dram started as a mediocre "new make". It was too busy to save the situation in the bottle after 17 years. The mouth remains covered with this perfume note. Conclusion: not every finish works. That's shown here. Unfortunately, a 17-year-old experiment got out of hand and then a finish at an intermediate level.

  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    it doesn't work for me!
    very strange notes
    for me spirit and barrel did not go together
    this is a splitter
    • Nose
      Cheese crackers, cherry yoghurt, oak, slightly sweet, slightly chemical, spices (no herbs), slightly metallic, sofas in the furniture store
      with water: sour, minimal hay, cheese
    • Taste
      light, soft, oily on the palate
      Oak, slightly spicy, a strange note, sour, a chemical note, herbs
      with water: red wine
    • Finish
      medium long
      Herbs, tart and bitter
      no change with water

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A non-typical Lowlander - I have my difficulties with it - it artificially, applied aromas - and is much too expensive for about € 78.00!
    [Color] rose gold;
    • Nose
      fruity, vinous, grapes, dry, slightly musty and tart, a little oak;
    • Taste
      fruity at the beginning (peach, grapes), vinous, slightly oily, a little vanilla, trace of oak - no tension - somehow monotonous -
    • Finish
      at best medium length, fruity, slightly dry finish;

  5. Marinthe did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Tasted blind, but this was not a whisky I would drink again. Always a matter of taste, of course.
    • Nose
      Very rich in scents on the nose. Stew pear, sherry cask ?, vanilla, macaroons and raisins.
    • Taste
      This whisky is very sweet. I taste licorice and prunes.
    • Finish
      It reminds me a bit of a spicy sweet cough syrup.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    I'm not onboard with the cask choice. Too strong influence on such a light spirit.

    Tasted in a Bladnoch lineup:
    Pure Scot blend (75 pts.), Pure Scot Virgin Oak blend (73), New Make (70), Samsara (77), 10yo (76), 11yo (79), 14yo (82), 15yo Adela (79), 17yo red wine finish (77), 25yo Talia (83), 26yo Talia (84), 27yo Talia (82).
    • Nose
      Water and nail polish? Rooty, gingery, with faint meaty vibes, flour, berry juice, and spices.
    • Taste
      Spicy oak and wine. Too spicy and acrid, and not enough a whisky for me. Mulled wine and sweet, unpleasant pepper.
    • Finish
      Sweet red wine.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      freshly sewn hay, straw, cat tax ... dry barley. Very intensive!
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Jackson05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A well rounded dram, not overly memorable but decent for the stats. Not sure about the price. Well integrated wine. I prefer the standard 10 though.

  10. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    N18 T23 F22 B23
    • Nose
      Banana-peanut profile clearly visible throughout the line.
    • Taste
      fruit plate
      sweet and sour
    • Finish
      woody, astringent


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