Bladnoch 2005

Overall rating
88.60/100
votes
95
Whiskybase ID
WB156613
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
10.2005
Bottled
03.2020
Calculated age
14 years old
Casktype
Manzanilla Hogshead
Casknumber
1024
Number of bottles
323
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Single Cask 2020/05 Exclusive Release
Barcode
851370006518
Added on
22 apr 2020 3:17 pm by DerSchreckliche
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 172.39

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Whisky reviews for Bladnoch 2005

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.60 points.

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a great whisky, the strong grassy bladnoch and the manzanilla barrel complement each other perfectly and develop aromas that I have never had in whisky before. All very positive. Finally a really good whisky from Bladnoch. I have to keep an eye on the new bottlings.
    • Nose
      very special, tart, grassy, citrus, but also earthy, black tea, very clearly, licorice and only with time an unobtrusive sherry sweetness is added. The black tea, the citrus freshness, the light sweetness is very independent and fun. The flavors become more and more unique over time, white chocolate, vanilla, pistachio cream, sweet oak. This can be discovered even more, but I have never had this in whisky.
    • Taste
      very spicy, tart, black tea, drawn too long, slightly smoked (Russian black tea), grassy, tart and slightly acidic, citrus peel, spices.
    • Finish
      some pepper, mint, cooling. Tart oak flavors, slightly dry sherry in the background, pleasantly long, rather tart, but always sweet sherry flavors that flash.

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  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I found the malt to be OK, but not necessarily a candidate for purchase
    for me it had little of the sherry or maybe different / unusual of the manzanilla
    • Nose
      Nutty-bitter, milk chocolate becomes more, sherry, slightly oak, slightly spicy, vanilla, sweetness, mini marzipan, paper cardboard, mini rubber, menthol comes easily
      with water: strawberry, liquorice, a little lemon, honey?

      from the 1920s: Orange (possibly peelings), brown sugar, vanilla, sweet liquorice, a mix of spruce, pine, eucalyptus, ...), mint?
      with water: thinner, light oak, shortbread comes, vanilla biscuits, dried herbs, a note that I cannot name
    • Taste
      round, full, strong
      Oak, spicy, sherry (differently special), cardboard, a chemical note, tart-bitter, nut, leather in the sun, chocolate ~ 75%, slightly raisins, slightly bitter

      with water: softer, sherry, very spicy, pencil wood
    • Finish
      long
      tart, warm, late sweet honey

      with water: spicy, rubber + workshop

  4. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Almost brown, oily.

    It exudes an aura of wood, fruit and vanilla.
    Sloes and dried fruit in the background.
    A slight sweetness.
    I imagine the wood.

    Very strong!
    It brings tears to my eyes
    and all the juices in your mouth.
    A wonderful aroma!
    The barrel predominates.

    Lots of wood and a slight spice in the finish.

    Gorgeous!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The value of this bottle is dated on an auction side, you pay a little bit € 250

  7. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Interesting, tasty malt. Not overly complex but exciting and intense with its Manzanilla ripening.
    • Nose
      87 87
      soft, almost gentle beginning in the nose. Vanilla, shortbread biscuits and a bit fruity of oranges, mandarins and light citrus notes. Honey sweetness with caramelized sugar, the sweetness looks a bit artificial here.
      Somehow light sherry touch, alcohol is barely noticeable and looks very well integrated.
    • Taste
      87 87
      also on the palate rather soft, light beginning, to put it exaggerated, it almost seems a bit watery but it is definitely not. Then come the fruit notes of oranges, mandarins, ripe bananas, plus sweet, creamy milk chocolate, almonds and nuts, marzipan, slightly bitter, oak spice with a tingling spiciness covers the mouth.
      Very pleasant and tasty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish, tinglingly hot and spicy. then again a bit fruity and sweet.

  8. AnnEm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This malt is definitely not for every day and requires a lot of cooperation from the connoisseur. In any case, very unusual and extremely exciting. After a correspondingly long standing time, it grooved itself in great and exudes fantastic confectionery aromas paired with fine, roasted, spicy oak. The initial struggle on the palate was rewarded with wonderful oak aromas and tart, herbal light sherry notes, in which I could definitely find something of the manzanilla.
    • Nose
      91 91
      An ingenious note of brittle nuts, sprinkled on a Danish pastry filled with marzipan and vanilla pudding cream. Sugar-glazed American. Velvety cocoa with cinnamon. Nice wood flavor with a few cloves and aromatic, not hot black pepper. In the background I can guess something light and gritty. Then back in the bakery, this time I feel reminded of banana muffins. Next, chamomile and dry hay. It is also getting more and more bitter chocolate and roasted spicy, even a few small smoky aromas of toasted wood waft through my nose. Really complex and very inviting. But then comes the palate ...
    • Taste
      86 86
      An uphill battle breaks out in the mouth. He storms and pushes, is harsh and snappy in the first 10-15 seconds, which are very demanding for me. Then, fortunately, he calms down noticeably, a proper roasted oak load is in the foreground. I would also describe it as quite strawy. Fir honey provides a full mouthfeel. In the direction of the finish, I actually have Manzanilla echoes. Overall a nice, firm body.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Phew, my tongue is relieved. She has done a really hard piece of work and is now enjoying the well-deserved rest ... Very dry with a slight furry feeling on the tongue. The straw is changing in the direction of dried tobacco leaves, I also have some new leather, as well as dried herbs. Then it becomes green, fruity, tart and tart.

  9. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The more often I drink it, the better it gets. Specially developed the finish are from dry / bitter to a tasty note.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A "front-loaded" affair. Insanely intense, high-flying nose, but what follows is more pedestrian.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A lot of wood, but it's of very high quality. Displays those (pleasant) glue-and-solvent notes that I usually only encounter in substantially older sherry-matured whiskies. Nutty, savory, slightly salty: the full-term maturation in Manzanilla wood is palpable. Orange liquor, and a thick, maize-like sweetness as well: popcorn, corn syrup. In a (hypothetical) blind tasting, I would've certainly guessed this was older. Not overly complex, but really rich and full and delicious.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Savory sherry up front- call the umami patrol! Sadly, there isn't too much else going on; the sweet-and-salty sherry influence just gradually fades out. Some spicy wood toward the end. Can't hide its actual age on the palate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Salty liquorice, beef stock with plenty of fennel, wild berry jam. A slightly numbing, bitter sensation at the very end. The "wet" aspects win out over the wooden notes of the barrel.

  13. keizerjos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Powerful, fruity, full-bodied, impressive whisky that I was really upside-down - so careless in my glass, thanks Mike! - I want to join your whisky club too. 90 plus does not have to cost 500 euros.

  14. Mich80 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. JungleDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An interesting, rather demanding malt. No everyday dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose starts very easily and contains notes of shortbread and amarettini, after about 10 minutes orange peel and citrus notes are added. In addition, it contains something that I call "slightly greasy" for me and by which I have been able to recognize every blade. I simply lack an odor reference. The 51.5% alcohol is not noticeable in the nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      It tastes short of nothing on the palate, very light, barely palpable and of the 51.5% again not noticeable. Within a short moment he kicks in completely. White chocolate, oranges, almonds, amaretto, marzipan and again oranges and orange jam, a slightly bitter spiciness and a slight malty tingle.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is medium to long, sparkling and spicy. Towards the end slightly bitter and a little orange jam.

  17. ArSc2 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Northern German whisky ramblers # 4

    Manzanilla Single Cask. Strong in the barrel. Undyed.

    Sounds like a great combination to me.
    Bladnoch 2005 - 2020 14y Manzanilla Hogshead.
    Bladnoch - in my opinion an underdog, always flies a bit under the radar and is nowhere near as present as some of his fellow combatants.
    Maybe we will be big friends today ..
    The price of this 0.7 liter bottle was around € 165 and was sold out after a very short time - it was not so easy to get a bottle.

    Nose:
    Intense orange! But a lot of orange - super cool, very refreshing. The nose gives a lot to expect - very fresh oranges and limes, paired with white chocolate and brittle. Hardly any alcohol sharpness despite the 51.5% vol.

    Mouth:
    Madness! The bladnoch is immediately there - this time really strong white chocolate and marzipan! I have probably never had marzipan in a whisky, I like that very much! The oranges are still mega dominant in the game and a few nuts are added - has a little something Christmas. Somehow I have the need to cuddle with him on the sofa and turn on the fireplace - he invites you to linger. The alcohol now comes into play somewhat more vigorously, but in no way penetrating.
    Delicious.

    Outlet:
    Here the alcohol is clearly noticeable, after a light burn there is a long, warm aftertaste. I still have oranges and nuts here.

    Overall picture:
    Wow - I honestly didn't expect that. Why am I not so familiar with Bladnoch yet, why have they not yet seized world domination? I can really only speak for this bottling now and it is incredibly good. I will definitely try a few more in the near future to get an idea. Today's single cask is whisky as it should be and almost perfect. He is a true gentleman, but not necessarily complex - the orange is dominant, not negative, but it leaves little room for other flavors. I will definitely honor him and he will go into the glass a few more times.
    Thumbs up!

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