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Bladnoch 11-year-old

Overall rating
86.07/100
votes
77
Whiskybase ID
166633
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

£ 53.25

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 11-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.07 points

  1. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Member 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.

  2. 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 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.

  3. 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 light 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Ebbe11 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

  9. mandragoru scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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