Bladnoch 11-year-old

Overall rating
84.76/100
votes
226
Whiskybase ID
WB166633
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2020 Release
Bottled
22.11.2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Casks
Strength
46.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L20-8394 327 08:58
Barcode
851370006587
Added on
02 oct 2020 12:25 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 57.62

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Whisky reviews for Bladnoch 11-year-old

64 users have left 66 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.76 points.

  1. SuppenHuhn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. KEngelaar scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The bottle is an eye catcher, its content is good, its price is not so good. It's an 11 year old whisky matured solely in ex-Bourbon casks without and as such not rare at all. Considering its quality, I value it at €40, but not at €60+.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla, malt, fresh apples and sweet cherry are dominant. There is also milk chocolate and nuts.

      I reminds me of a fancy dessert consisting of Amarena cherry ice cream with nut brittle and candied apples. A perfect dessert after a Christmas dinner, accompanied by a glas of Bladnoch 11.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and oaky, candied red apples, spices and malt. It feels oily. Very nice, but it could be more differentiated here.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sweet, gentle oak not bitter at all. Fruits, especially red apple. Very pleasant feeling but average taste.

  3. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Simple, vanilla and oak, malt and pepper.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Golden raisin, vanilla syrup, pear
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla wafer, light oak, pepper,
    • Finish
      84 84
      Tangy, chardonnay, oak, light bitterness

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bladnoch in it’s new appearance didn’t catch me so far. Especially their first releases after reopening were way to overpriced and just didn’t impress me taste wise. This 11 yo is being appreciated rather good, so I got a sample from a friend of mine to see what I think.
    • Nose
      Extremely fruity and somewhat funky as well. One could easily think of Glen scotia in a way. Exotic fruits, Honeyed candy, cheesecake, crème brûlée and fresh bourbon oak flavors. In a way this is pleasant. In another way it seems a little too ‘artificial’ for me.
    • Taste
      Classic bourbon matured whisky. Decent body but not a great balance. Loads of vanilla, fudge, traces of corn, licorice. Also quite some dry, faint flavors. I can’t really get too enthusiastic about it unfortunately.
    • Finish
      The finish starts where the palate ended. Rather dry, oaky and slightly too bitter for my taste. Some exotic fruits return to the palate, dried spices, black tea flavors and some smoke (not as in peat). At the end it turns out to be a bit faint, puke-like.

      Luckily this was just a sample. A full bottle would have made me regret it. Therefore I can’t really recommend buying it. So far I still remain keeping my distance of buying these new Bladnochs.

  5. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Malted milk biscuits. glue, wood, vanilla, yellow fruits, honey, candlewax, minerals, cheesecake. The nose is nice, but perhaps a touch too oaky. Nothing that a couple of drops of water can't remedy. The palate is wonderfully evocative and balanced, the finish long and flavourful. Absolutely delicious.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Copshop68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Will_iam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. EricLeeee scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    85/100
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Odour: sweetish vanilla nose, cherry stones, orange, including forest honey, dec. Citrus tones in the base ...

    Taste: the accessible, almost quaffable nose is first tasted by the palate with a German Alcohol spiciness counteracted, oaky, bitter orange jam, medium-flavoured. until long reverberation, again with dtl. Wood note and according to bitter finish

    Colour: yellow gold, medium water's edge, clear

    Conclusion: Bonders in the nose a nicely made bourbon cask maturation, from which one likes to pour oneself the second glass in the evening, not particularly complex, but quite entertaining - I can only find little of the euphoria of some YouTube bloggers in the glass ...

  10. glen efze scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Bladnoch is one of the revived distilleries in the Lowlands striving to restore a good reputation to this region. This bottling is from 2020, aged 11 years in bourbon casks and has a light golden colour.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      The whisky is fresh with a nice fruit note of light, largely ripened fruit. There are also herbs and the barrel makes itself felt in the background. The wood remains subtle in the aroma, but also hints at bitter notes. There is a clear vanilla.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately, the fruits are not as present in the taste as in the aroma. A strong, astringent bitterness with unsightly wood tones initially dominates here. Despite the drinking strength of 46.7% vol. strong to sparkling.
    • Finish
      The wood tones and a dry bitterness remain in the aftertaste with some alcohol burning on the tongue.

      Unfortunately, the taste of the Bladnoch lacks the fruit note from the nosing. It ends too woody and the wood isn't particularly pretty. Overall, it does not seem well matured and inharmonious. Other batches might be a bit better...

  11. Jan Bart scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Well worth the money, very nice wood tones, not complex. Comes on nice barrels

  12. rvdoorn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. hafssol scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Fruity sweetness but with a pronounced personality: sweet notes of banana, coconut and melon delicately hit at first, with a warm honey roundness that doesn’t display any alcohol sharpness. It’s well integrated on the palate, resulting rich and not mellow at all, revealing vanilla notes and some oak from the casks.
    The finish is pleasant and still very rich, with some herbal spiciness and vanilla and a touch of surprising cocoa bitterness. Had it as a sample; would definitely look for a bottle of this very well-crafted malt.

  14. The_Osprey scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Bladnoch 11 yo 2020 release, 46.7%.

    A pleasant golden deep yellow colour, slightly washed out but not pale as such.

    Aroma is interesting. There’s a touch of parmesan up front, cheddar and pineapple cube sticks from parties in the 90s, crackers with cheese and sweet tropical fruit chutney. Quite strong and perfectly nice – the cheesy note isn’t too much of an ‘off’ smelling one. Minerally and slightly soapy in the background. If you take it away for a while and come back to it you again get that parmesan.

    Body is watery.

    Taste is fruity yet biscuity. Faint citrus and tropical but it’s mostly an orchard fruit sort of fruitiness i.e. thick-skinned russet apples with hints of slightly underripe pineapple and dried bitter lemon peel. Gets a little bitter towards the finish.

    I am no expert in the art of distilling and don't want to pontificate about things I don't know about but I'd hazard a guess that the spirit is more feinty than was intended. The palate is also a bit too bitter for my liking, suggesting one or two overused casks. Not a triumph nor a disaster. I get the impression that a curtailed cut and some better casks would have led to something very good. This is okay for a dram but I wouldn't be clutching for a second. 3.35/80

  15. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Copshop68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Iron_Calli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful ex-BC nose, lots of light fruit, some marzipan sweetness, but also a mineral acidity reminiscent of white wine.

    Wonderfully intense in the mouth, juicy yellow fruit, tart honey and beeswax, spicy wood. Strong but always beautiful.

    This mixture of juicy, slightly sour fruit and the woody, tart notes result in a great finish that lasts surprisingly long. This mineral white wine note is still minutes later on the tongue and is reminiscent of this very successful malt. I like it!

  18. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, but a bit wonky until it opens up, which takes a while.

    The longer I left it, the more sweetly floral it became. The still-warm croissants were completely absent until about 30 to 40 minutes in, but then ramped up to be one of the most dominant scents.

    Not much changed in the content of the palate, but it did change the intensity and duration, extending it and the finish, which initially is a bit too short and dry.

    The oak starts off a bit too prominent, but eventually the oily salt/sweet emerges to balance to the tail end which really does the trick.

    A classy dram that rewards patience.
    • Nose
      Honeysuckle, mild vanilla, bees wax, old, faded sandalwood, faded citrus oil, star fruit. fresh croissants.
    • Taste
      Cognac and Bay fumes. Rich vanilla citrus cream, apricots, star fruit interrupted by pickled ginger and a fair dusting of white pepper
    • Finish
      Continued white pepper, lightly drying Oak, mineral water, salted butter, corn syrup

  19. DannyHill scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    not a fan of this bottle
    • Nose
      77 77
      vanilla, oak, bourbon, off vinous note, creme brulee
    • Taste
      75 75
      malt, peach skin, vanilla, tastes much younger than a 10 year
    • Finish
      74 74
      hot & warming

  20. Vince scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    An inviting whiff of freshly baked raisin bread, apricots or is it tiramisu with vanilla ice cream? A great nosing malt that makes me hold off on sipping lest it disappoint.....and indeed the palate forces an early return from the summit. a bit hot and thin and a new wood edge but nothing too offensive (although it is reminding me of new vinyl flooring). The nose was captivating though.

  21. Svjatogor scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    n: fruits, vanilla, apples, caramel, plums
    t: fruity, wood, lingering, juice
    a: oak, warming, chocolate

  22. Jimbeau scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. rottendon scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It is always fascinating how much the nose and taste can differ from one another. While the nose here doesn’t invite you to relax and announces something weird, it is absolutely calm and balanced in the mouth, very tasty.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Very sensible to dilute it down so much that a barrel size would probably have been quite uncomfortable on the tongue. In any case, the price-performance ratio is okay.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Light fruits and a little sweat right after pouring, also ammonia, but only in the first breath. After a while, ammonia again in the first breath, then again light fruits and mineral notes. Looks a bit musty. There is also a pinch of sulfur. Overall very closed. Half an hour later it finally seems a bit calmer and opens up a bit. The flavors are basically the same, only much more integrated. Somewhat darker sweetness joins it. Warmth of the hand finally opens it, but it mainly brings lactic acid, fermented windfalls, but also some chocolate. In addition, the alcohol is now biting heavily in the nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The impression in the mouth is completely different. The alcohol is quite rough and strong, but the mouthfeel is rather thin, it can't be that much of it, rather weakly integrated, although this is very pleasant. Strong honey sweetness paired with light fruitiness and a little chocolate, that's really delicious! A handful of herbs are added in the second sip. A delicate acidity lays back around the palate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium-long and rather sweet. However, it does not distribute much heat. In the second sip, the herbs initially dominate, a little liquorice, before it slowly ends sweetly.

  25. Sporx scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sweet, caramel, vanilla, wood flavor

    taste
    Sweet, vanilla, some wood spice, before artificial sweetness, not complex

    finish
    Medium length before artificial sweetness

  26. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice bourbon cask bottling with a good price-performance ratio and good drinking strength. The alcohol is well integrated and for the specified age this bottling is also surprisingly oily. There were certainly a couple of very nice fresh barrels in the batch.
    Anyone who likes pure bourbon bottlings could be happy here.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nice strong bourbon nose, slightly cooling on the nose. Honey, but also beeswax, pineapple, menthol, coniferous forest, apricots, green apples, delicate white oak spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Superficially sweet, but there is also a fine acidity - slightly oily and also a bit peppery. Pineapple, honeycomb, some grapefruit, kiwi, lightly fermented apples, caramel, lemon juice with sugar and of course oak spice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. Vanilla, juice orange and a hint of Manuka honey.

  28. milkbonez scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: Floral as all hell, perfumed, I love it. Vanilla, caramel, a balance of sweet honey and slight grassiness.

    Palate: Intense grassiness and hay, light colored honey, quite "bright" on the palate, as well some herbs, even a bit of soapiness like lavender, but it tastes quite clean. No water added, quite creamy, peanut shells and some very slight boiled peanuts thing going on.

    Finish: this is where it shines, i think. it evolves on your palate then has this very nice turn into crisp vanilla-like candy nougat. hard to pin point.

    I don't know where Bladnoch is sourcing it's barrels, but they seem to be able to find bourbon barrels that pair with their spirit. Loving what they are putting out.

  29. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fresh, Vibrant and very true to the classic Bladnoch character.
    Big fan of this style of Bladnoch.
    • Nose
      Opens exactly as you'd expect a lowlander to - grassy fields with honeysuckle in full bloom and a bowl of dried coconut in hand. Sour fruits creeping in with notes of lemons and a little grapefruit. There's honey sweetness and even some notes of gummy bears.
      Hiding behind the sweetness of the gummies is a slight off note, slightly apple cider vinegar like.
    • Taste
      On arrival its very malty, like a mouthful of coconut oat biscuits. There's a sharp sour note arrives, very much on lemon and lines. Warming ginger spice from the bourbon casks, those oaties are now gingersnaps.
    • Finish
      Finish is again on the lemon, again with the ginger, and a nice helping of floral notes.

  30. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. kikkerneve scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. Rody024 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.
    Light-footed summer dram. Spirit forward with lots of tropical fruit notes, a small acidic note and some caramel fudge. It is a proper after dinner dram on a warm summer night.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  33. KayMeertens scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Another confirmation that I'm not a fan of the new Bladnoch style. Not quite the right kind of dirty for me.
    • Nose
      Dirty, malty, a bit yeasty. Porridge. Gooseberry, hazelnut, apple, caramel.
    • Taste
      Apple and rye-like spice. Gooseberry, Still that dirty malty mash note.
    • Finish
      Apple, caramel, malt.

  34. pecathor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Note: Bottle has been open for about 3 months and is ~40% full

    Feeling: My first Bladnoch bottle ever. It feels older than it is, lovely flowery and fruity texture balanced by the oak spiciness. Looking forward to trying other bottlings!
    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet, creamy, vanilla, citrus, pears, some dusty notes, flower-ish
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, vanilla, pears, apples, alcohol burns a tiny bit, little bit of the oak tannins & spices
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium long, pear & citrus, oak notes, slightly bitter

  35. Vis2020 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    20 20 20 21 81

    The plum, strong, feels very young and prickly, there are too many fresh and aggressive barrels in the mix, IMHO, it is difficult to drink, commercially made whisky, which I don't want to return to, it's very much an amateur IMHO, and I'm sad ...

  37. olegborgol scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fruity-floral, tannin with herbal bitterness in taste, short finish. 22-20.5-20-20.5

  38. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    I expected the worst, but the malt is not bad, as for the regular season. Comfortable fortress, no alcoholism - good to drink.
    Nothing unusual - everything is smooth and simple
    Balance 21
    Total: 85
    • Nose
      Nose: vanilla, light honey, flowering meadow, sweet candies, woody, peppermint 22
    • Taste
      Flavor: sweet, vanilla, herbal 21
    • Finish
      Finish: medium duration, spicy, peppery with a slight bitterness 21

  40. Keek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Citrus fruits, flowery, caramel, creamy, cut grass
    • Taste
      86 86
      soft, pear, apple, white pepper
    • Finish
      85 85
      dry, oak

  41. jvanopstal scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky
    • Nose
      82 82
      Lemon and honey and some hay
    • Taste
      83 83
      Nice mouthfeel with apple, lemon and vanilla. Also some oak
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long with again a lot of lemon and some oak

  42. onthehouse scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    very fruity and tasty, easy to drink a really nice all rounder

  43. Allandale scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and floral.
    • Nose
      Delicate floral with notes of honey and refreshing citrus and cut grass.
    • Taste
      Fresh cut apples , and hints of wood spice.
    • Finish
      Sweet mouth coating leading to a refreshing finish.

  44. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  45. Ebbe11 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  46. mandragoru scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Thermidor scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    There's more bourbon than in the 10yo OB, which is a blessing, since the 10yo is a bit thin. This 11yo is similar to An Cnoc 12, IMO. A simple, clean dram.

    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
      Strong pears, vanilla, linen, sweetness.
    • Taste
      Lots of sweet pears, and some wood spices in the tail.
    • Finish
      Long, peary.

  49. RJKrueger scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful, classic, very round Bladnoch.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light and fruity; Apples, grapes, maybe some mirabelle; rounded off with vanilla and cream caramel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      After a fruity-sweet beginning, there is a bit of hot pepper and nice, spicy oak. Very round and balanced on the palate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish with a little more oak than fruit.

  50. Thoma scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  51. eNZzo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  52. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Similar profile to the 10 year old. This one has a bit more typical bourbon influences and the taste is sweeter. I think it was successful
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  54. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tastes good, everything is nicely interwoven and dense, but I like the 10 year old Bladnoch (2018) a little better because of his multi-layered nature.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Very fruity, smells of fresh apples and apple compote at the same time. In the background flowery-floral, green grapes, slightly rancid. Something closed the whole thing. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Nice oak, apple (very present), vanilla.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Light finish, medium-long, with beautiful oak notes.

  57. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good ex-bourbon whisky! The price is justified, if not a bargain.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First: strong bourbon vanilla. Then light fruits like lychee, pear and apricot. Grassy, also some hay. Plus lemon in the background. Coherent and well rounded.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy, gentle start. In addition to the aromas that one had in the nose (the lemon pushes forward a bit), the oak is discreetly noticeable.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Milk chocolate, light fruits and citrus with vanilla. Medium length.

  58. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice bourbon barrel maturation which, in addition to the typical elements, has a great oily-waxy profile. Acts older than 11 years. 87 points, tendency 88.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fruity-sweet; fresh light fruits; Citrus; great beeswax notes; Vanilla crescents; Oak
      - wonderful fruity bourbon nose that definitely looks older than 10 years
    • Taste
      87 87
      creamy; -oily waxy; sweet and sour light fruits; Citrus; Vanilla; bitter, pleasantly spicy oak notes
    • Finish
      87 87
      fruity; Citrus; slightly waxy; delicate tart oak wood

  59. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy's review 859: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8xmQs4CN0g (86/100).

    "Very competent single malt. All the better for being delivered at higher strength and un-chillfiltered."

  60. sengaia scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The square bottle design is hilariously tacky. This truly is the fake Louis Vutton bag of whisky bottles.

    As a single malt, Bladnoch was alway able to deliver average to good Lowland style whisky provided it was put into good bourbon barrels and left alone. So I am happy to see a fully bourbon matured version, and also happy to report that this is indeed a good malt, unlike the wine tortured monstrosities that they’ve also bottled.

    The nose has vanilla and lemon, with a little honey as well. The palate adds warm oak spices and intensifies the lemon juice. A full Lowland style whisky - wonderful. Only Daftmill is and Rosebank was in the same ballpark - but both are much less obtainable.

    Dear people at Bladnoch, more like this please. And put it in a bottle I don’t want to hide.

  61. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good bourbon whisky for a reasonable price. Very worthy.

  62. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is a comparative tasting of the 10 and 11 year old bourbon matured bottlings from 2018 and 2020 (WIDs 113367 and 166633, respectively).

    Long story short, both are outstanding bottlings (for their age) on the nose and the palate, but the 10-year-old crashes and burns on the finish due to (what I perceive as) some musty/moldy wood. I've retried it on multiple occasions to make sure, and it's unmistakably tainted.

    The 11-year-old is clean, though, and therefore vastly superior. 55 € for an 11 y.o. at drinking strength may seem like a lot, but I think it's justified in light of the quality on display here.

    80 points for the 10-year-old; 88 for the 11-year-old.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The 10 could easily pass for an unpeated Glen Scotia. It has that certain funky mustiness, plus some damp wood. But, it has to be said, it's also an overachiever for its age, with an extremely rich and creamy and fruity ex-bc nose that seems a good deal older than ten years. I get yellow fruits (sour plums, apricots), grimy hessian, packed dirt floor, old and slightly musty wood as well as some beeswax and olive oil. It's an all-bourbon nose, but I'd say it's more autumnal than summery, if that makes sense. Impressive! 87 points.

      The 11 incorporates a similar funk, but generally comes across as somehow "cleaner" and better composed – the oak in particular seems more crisp. This leaves more room for the waxiness / oiliness and a citric side (grapefruit, lime, kiwi) that the darker, dirtier wood influence of 10 apparently smothered over. Definitely also beeswax here, while the oiliness may go more toward sunflower oil and a lovely dustiness (old wine cellar or attic, but not a damp one). This, too, seems older than its age statement. Certainly propelled by some really good ex-bourbon barrels and hoggies, but I wouldn't call it cask-dominated. The oak is never peppery or herbal or tart or any other word that comes to mind when there's over-the-top first-fill action going on. Instead it's just creamy and sweet and oily. An outstanding nose for an 11-year-old! I prefer it to the 10 and am tempted to go to 88 points on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The 10: Creamy and oily mouthfeel right from the get-go. Nicely sweet as well, like a bourbon minus the overactive oak. It's only halfway through that some fruity acidity and more pepper enter into the mix. Here you get something like redcurrant or kiwi alongside some white pepper and grated ginger. The last third belongs to the wood, and this curious funk that reminds me of Glen Scotia. Which wouldn't be bad in and by itself, but after a few sips the cumulative impression is that there are indeed some substandard, musty barrels that have found their way into this vatting. I had the palate at 86 initially, but I'm subtracting a point for the weird woodiness at the end. So, 85 points.

      The 11: Acidic, yet simultaneously creamy/waxy start, then the oils keep building and reaching all through the flavor development. Oscillates back and forth between creamy/waxy/oily and fruit/citric on the tongue. Man, what a texture! I am again seriously and pleasantly surprised. Flavorwise, you get maize, golden syrup, sour/sweet yellow stone fruits, buttered and salted popcorn, chamomile tea, shortbread, and vanilla crescents. Crazy good, 88 points again.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The 10: Yeah, there's something wrong with the oak, sadly enough. For me, it ruins the experience and depresses the score below the 70 mark. Too bad, otherwise this was a great bottling. But it has to be said that I'm sensitive in this regard and have, in the past, "disqualified" bottlings for their moldy oak that other aficionados have found totally okay. So whether or not you can get on board with this finish might depend on your taste in oak flavor. For me, this moldy note makes for 69 points at most.

      The 11: Not insanely long, but certainly more pronounced than it would have any right to be, considering the age. Waxy, with mellow bourbon sweetness and still some ripe apricot. Just enough spiciness at the end to make for a pleasant tingle, but not an outright burn. The bourbon casks drive it, yet there is no overt oakiness or questionable wood influence. Super oily. Leaves a slightly salty film on the lips. Really impressive – and really good – again. 87 points.

  63. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Waxy, overripe slightly sweet apple or pear
    • Taste
      Slightly fruity (apple?), vanilla, sweet become sour
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, and vanilla

  64. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The new Bladnoch have often disappointed, this one offers everything a young Bourbon Bladnoch needs. Quite intense whisky and tasty. Not a complexity monster now, but it sums up the Bladnoch style. The only downer, priced quite ambitiously for a 11er bourbon barrel standard in drinking strength.
    • Nose
      light fruity, grassy, citrus, very intense, vanilla almost a little grapefruit.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is strong, citrus, slightly tart, but also nice vanilla sweetness, something floral.
    • Finish
      Finish rather dry, astringent, citrus peel, tart, but always with a fine sweetness.

  65. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    One of my few Bladnochs lately and I realize that I obviously haven't missed a lot: An elegant and round brandy that is not multi-dimensional and mainly offers sweetness and a little green fruit.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, fresh green fruits like apples and pears, some gooseberries.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly spicy at the beginning, creamy coconut dessert cream, pudding-like, nice vanilla sweetness.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The apples and pears reappear, the sweetness remains, a little complex but at least medium length with a little ginger spiciness.

  66. thatfamousgrouse did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
    Nose: Lemon blossom and honeysuckle, with grassy sweetness and waxy citrus peel.

    Palate: Runny honey leads into apple skin and peppery oak alongside more delicate florals.

    Finish: Fresh, ripe pear lingers with heather honey

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