Bladnoch 2005

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Calculated age
14 years old
Manzanilla Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Single Cask 2020/05 Exclusive Release
Added on
22 Apr 2020 3:17 pm by DerSchreckliche
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 172.39

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67 × member ratings

93 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 2005

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.77 points

  1. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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.

  6. Mich80 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  7. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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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