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Bladnoch 14-year-old

Overall rating
87.69/100
votes
41
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2020 Release
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Oloroso
Number of bottles
1428
Strength
46.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
851370006549
Added on
17 Aug 2020 12:41 pm by para handy
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 90.74

24 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

96 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 14-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.69 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I am glad that I have enough home from this 14 to test extensively. The 17 was a bit of a disappointment for me personally and when I look into the reviews here quickly, I suspect the same contradiction in this bottle. I will take my time to find out. A big thank you goes out to “little dram” for this great bottle that has completely impressed me in terms of looks. This appearance deserves a 91. Hopefully the content will fit in now. The motto: Enjoyment with all your senses :)
    • Nose
      It starts with the finest sherry in an elegant and fruity way. Appears more sedate on the nose and a little older than the 14 years suggest. Respect, a good fresh or young Oloroso was selected. He gets all the delicious nouns of the light sherry world from me. So with my nose first, I'm very satisfied. He tolerates water well and nothing bothers him. You can sniff this dram all evening. I'm curious what to expect on the palate. He gets a whopping 88 for the nose. Very extra. High recognition value. High level. By the way, it should be mentioned that the empty glass still smells like delicious chocolate cookies after hours. Really very fine.
    • Taste
      Ok, on the palate it looks a bit thin, alcoholic and thus delivers a powerful start. When you collect saliva, it immediately becomes creamy and full-bodied. As soon as you can find your way around, he turns left into the bitter corner. Wood spreads across the palate and dries the mouth. In the process, it increasingly loses itself from the wonderfully sweet but also mild texture into an alcoholic lack of taste. But only for a moment. It's a shame, the palate didn't quite hold out what the nose promised. In the transition it goes briefly towards herbal schnapps. But still on the good side thanks to the wonderfully nutty effect. I just didn't expect that. I have to say that it is a versatile and independent malt. Very special, ... you have to like it.
      I like that. Tip: He needs time and some water.
    • Finish
      In the middle finish, even more drying and pleasantly spicy and sweet. For a moment he seems to come back again. It's a shame, too little. Unfortunately not sustainable. What remains is a dried out woodshed with lots of sawdust on the floor. A wispy, ashy trail of smoke hangs in the air. Disenchantment looms. I would have expected more to leave. Fact: He is clearly a better decision than his 3 year older brother. Because the wine finish of the 17 failed, period. The 14 is clearly the better malt. Now I have another problem
      the PLV. Sorry, but why does this bottle have to cost € 100 now?
      ... 70 € ok, but not more. In any case, it will have a place on my shelf. Also because he is an "eye catcher". Uwe, ... thank you!

  2. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a solid 88 and anyone rating this way lower because he is smelling a conspiracy and the urge to „correct“ something is full of shit, sorry. I have exactly one bottle of this plus a sample and love it.

  3. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Definitely not a balanced whisky, but in this case that's a good thing. New facets can always be discovered. He reminds me of Christmas. Gingerbread and cinnamon can be found again, herbs and a certain citrus note are added. The alcohol is well integrated, but it would certainly have been better with a slightly higher alcohol strength. At first it comes across as slightly watery, but that subsides quickly. Overall, a great whisky, the aroma / taste / finish is more reminiscent of an 18 year old.

  4. Grant0610 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Very much a sherry bomb nose. Floral and dried fruits. Oakiness prevalent too. Bring on the Christmas cake. Nose (22)

    Initially citrus and spice on the palette followed by the sherried fruits of a Christmas cake. Settles to an aged, oakiness with gentle spice. Palette (23)

    Pleasant finish as spiciness settles. Nicely lingering sherry in the background. Finish (23).

    The citrus and spice to fruits interesting but not so balanced in the finish. Balance (21)

    A little water balances things out a bit more but would not add too much to retain oily nature.

    Not many bottles of this so well worth searching for.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bladnoch 2020 is a lot more fun. A nice example of intense sherry without denying the whisky's DNA. A little edgy, but more interesting. Nice part.
    • Nose
      Nutty sherry, red berries, raisins, but still fruity added notes, spices, sandalwood, the Bladnoch is clearly recognizable, beautiful harmony between sherry and fresh Lowland style.
    • Taste
      first sweet, sherry, marginal sulfur, then tart oak notes, with a subtle fruity acidity and light citrus notes. Strong and intense, angular but complex.
    • Finish
      Clear sherry, sweet and spicy, more nutty, the oak is more sweet than the tart, it only gets drier towards the end, but it can also be the Bladnoch gene. Amazingly cute at the end, but still sufficiently edgy and defined.

  6. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Solider und leckerer, aber nicht zu dominanter Sherry-Malt. Abwechslungsreich und durchaus harmonisch wirkt er in der Nase. Der Gaumen bietet für mich nicht ganz so viel, gibt aber mit dem Abgang zusammen ein recht positives Bild ab. Dazu passt der gute Alkoholgehalt.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Schöner satter, nicht zu aufdringlicher Sherry Beginn. Dunkle Früchte, Kirschen, Erdbeeren, Rosinen und Pflaumenmuß, etwas trocken, dazu eine Leder und Tabaknote. Frisch geschnittenes Kiefernholz, Etwas Zimt und Kräuter runden das erste Bild ab.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Zu Beginn irgendwie ein leicht wässriger Antritt, dann kommen recht schnell Eiche und Würzigkeit mit reichlich Trockenfrüchten hinzu und das verwässerte Antrittsbild ist weg. Orangen, Kirschen, Datteln Rosinen sind da, dazu etwas weihnachtlicher Lebkuchen mit Zimt und Nelken. Eine leicht säuerliche Zitrus oder Grapefruitnote sticht durch. Der Alkohol ist gut eingebunden.
    • Finish
      85 85
      mittellanger Abgang, trocken und leicht bitter. Espresso mit Kakaopulver. Dazu dezente Vanillesüße und etwas altes Leder.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    all these big scores, what a load of bullshit..
    we have some investors amongst us...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

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