Tasted in this lineup of Bladnoch: 10yo Flora & Fauna (83), 11yo Distillery Label from Armstrong period (79), 12yo Single Cask #39 (77), 12yo Single Cask #40 (78), 13yo Single Cask #420 (82), 20yo 1990 cask #5338 (84), Rare Malts 23yo 1977 (87), and 8yo Heavily Peated 50ppm cask #7 (78).
The red wine is frightfully strong in this one. Earthy, mineral notes that remind me of some mid quality cabernet/merlot blend. Faint cloves and some muscat, then makeup powder and vanilla perfume, with a side of cardboard. With water, mushrooms just dug up from the dirt, sweat, metal (warm copper), and some berry jam. The composition is like a freak version of what you'd expect of a port-matured whisky, dissonant and strange. Bach's Air played with a solo tuba.
Sweet. Marmalade, then mushrooms and chocolate sauce, and wine gums. A strange combo to say the least. Water emboldens the mushroom side too much and this is no longer fun, even as a curiosity. The copper tastes here as well. I can't tell what they were going for with this, and have no idea if the experiment was a success in their mind, but to me it's a wreck, with all hands onboard sinking beneath the waves of Californian red,
Oddly hollow compared to the assault on the senses the nose and the taste are. Long on this strange marmalade note of strawberries and peaches.