Bladnoch 14-year-old

Overall rating
85.58/100
votes
69
Whiskybase ID
WB179438
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2021 Release
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Cask
Strength
46.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
851370006549
Added on
21 mar 2021 10:00 am by Likudi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 106.05

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69 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Bladnoch 14-year-old

29 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.58 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Savage

    Dr Nick Savage has been working as a Master Distiller at Bladnoch since 2018. If that name doesn't ring a bell: Savage is a former Master Distiller at Macallan! But four years ago he made a so-called horizontal shift to this Lowlander, because he believed that he could put a completely new range on the map. And I must confess, since the acquisition by David Prior in 2015, Bladnoch had faded into the background for me. What I tasted didn't really appeal to me. Could Savage change this? Let's give it a try with this 14-year official release from 2021, which matured on oloroso sherry casks.

    The nose is rich and aromatic on grassy and floral notes, complemented by a cartload of caramel and apple cake. Apricots and peaches pop up, notes of dessert wine and some grape juice. Quite interesting, without being completely earth-shattering.

    The body is light, but not watery. Immediately I get notes of pastry again. Apricot pastry with a big pinch of cinnamon and cloves, supplemented with milk chocolate with praline filling, rum raisins and again that touch of dessert wine. This is not too bad. Midpalate a bitter touch as from walnuts appears. Well balanced, however.

    The finish is darkly sweet, gently seasoned and slightly drying.

    Well, this is already much better than I expected, but 100 EUR? I find that a bit pricey for this bottle.

  2. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A well executed oloroso maturation, both the Bladnoch spirit and the oloroso are recognisable. The growing sulfurous notes are a downside.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried banana and sour yogurt, flowers and citrus fruits. That's Bladnoch! There are also notes of a fresh and dry sherry: subtle spices and a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The palate has more power than the rather subtle nose: dry nutty sherry, chocolate, cherries and a distinct spiciness: turmeric and cardamom and ginger. Regular vanilla, a whiff of salt and a non-distiurbing hint of sulfur provide more depth.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Juicy citrus fruits, apples and cherries lead before spices (including cinnamon) and sulfur (more than on the palate) take over.

  3. Will_iam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Hsh scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Oily, nutty and slightly bitter aftertaste
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  5. WiltChamberlain did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    whiskyfun.com: 87 points

  6. HYTTTTTT scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Some herbs, white flowers, violets, red fruit, a bit of dried fruit, a bit of leather
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet on the palate, the taste of preserved fruit, fruit, spice is obvious, some ginger, cinnamon, damp wood, the back section has a clear bitter base, dark chocolate. The wine is medium-bodied, weak in oil, strong in alcohol, and obvious in the mouth
    • Finish
      82 82
      damp wood, light herbs, some spices, red fruit

  7. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    After an 11-year-old Bladnoch was not particularly convincing in the Lowland Tasting, here comes the 14-year-old Bladnoch matured in Oloroso casks. Bladnoch does not color or chill filter and the casks have given the whisky a very nice dark amber colour.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      The sherry is strong on the nose. It is a tangy sherry that is not sweet and brings dark fruit flavors flavored with herbs and spices. Nuts and chocolate, cinnamon bark and almonds add to the fruity aromas.
    • Taste
      The taste of the whisky is not superficially fruity either, there are more the tart notes of nut shells and dry herbs. It is oily on the tongue, has tart chocolate and some marzipan. The alcohol is despite the only 46.7% vol. powerful. At the end there are slightly bitter wood notes.
    • Finish
      Wood and marzipan remain, but overall it's not a really impressive finish.

      The whisky has no superficial off-notes that clouded the taste of the 11-year-old. But it's also not particularly exciting. Some fruitiness is missing and the Oloroso notes are not really defined. A good whisky without any special highlights. The prices of over €100 called for in early 2022 are by no means justified for this whisky. Bladnoch will still have to prove that it's not just an overrated and therefore overpriced distillery.

  9. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    quite impressive on the nose, showing a lovely complexity, plenty of layers but without ever becoming overly busy. While the palate is still pretty decent, all in all I feel it’s a bit more closed and not as balanced. Definitely an interesting whisky, but one to try at a bar or at a festival, as you’re not, in my honest opinion, getting a 100 quid’s worth of whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Interesting mixture of light grassy and floral notes with those heavier sherry cask notes! In fact, the lighter floral elements of lavender and violets seem to put those classic sherry cask notes of sultanas and wood spices on a leash. Give it time and it opens up nicely. A soft wood note going into chocolate, married with rosewater (?!), baked apples and soft citrus notes. Nothing overly sweet or overpowering here and an interesting development.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Slightly bitter, the spices (cinnamon and baking spices) and raisins are far more prominent now, meaning those floral-grassy-herbaceous notes are still there, but are now playing second violin. The oaky note is there as well, making for a dry, medium full mouthfeel. A gentle drop of water brings out the sweetness from red fruits and apples
    • Finish
      83 83
      warm, dry finish with a soft sweetness, gentle oak and a faint salinity.

  10. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2022-02-10
    • Nose
      89 89
      berry, fruity, slightly cinnamon, intense full smell, sweet, caramel popcorn
    • Taste
      88 88
      soft, sweet, hay, malty, nice balanced oak spice
    • Finish
      85 85
      slightly dusty 80%+ dark chocolate, rather short

  11. Jimbeau scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. MaroFF scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I took this whisky for nearly 3 months. I waited in suspense, I imagined it would be extra dram. Unfortunately, I am slightly disappointed.
    He feels too much alcohol in his nose, which is not really just a supplement, but dominates the whole thing. The taste, in my opinion, is a bit better, but it becomes too bitter, and the fruity that exudes beautifully in the first phase quickly disappears in favor of this bitterness. Maybe today is not my day to taste Bladnoch 14 YO, I will probably come back after some time and I will be able to taste it again and compare it with what I concluded and felt today.
    • Nose
      81 81
      plum, apricot, raisins, ripe cherries, ripe apples, delicate alcohol, young oak and dark chocolate and what's strange for me Maggi?
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet and bitter, chocolates with sherry liquor, biscuits, dried fruit, skin
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium long, delicately honey with a hint of beer, a warming tip with a hint of dark chocolate.

  14. MInimax007 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Smell: strong alcoholic, spicy nose; Oak; hardly a trace of Oloroso; with water the whisky opens a little; slight malt note in the background, which is still covered by alcohol

    Taste: saliva sets in; full bodied; heavy aroma with citrus tip; no raisins; no maltiness or sweetness; no real fruit note

    Finish: medium length; at the end it becomes slightly bitter; stays on the palate for a long time

    Conclusion: For over 90 euros (2021) there is IMHO really better. I would recommend a sample before buying a bottle. If the limited edition of almost 1500 bottles has really been stored in Oloroso barrels for the entire time, I don't find the result convincing.

  15. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This Bladnoch 14 Years offers more than the obligatory raisins and caramel. Especially the palate was very satisfying.
    • Nose
      Fairly shy at first, but after ten minutes or so it really takes off. I get almonds and pralines, but also lots of toffee and some raisins. A touch of leather too, accompanied by faint notes of red berries.
    • Taste
      Thick, sticky mouthfeel with a subtle spicy arrival (pepper and ginger), followed by caramel, toffee and raisins, but also herbal and green notes. Think sage, freshly cut grass and some crushed mint.
    • Finish
      Lingering herbs and subtle spices, even some licorice root.

  16. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A great and very ripe-looking bottling. And funny: if I had tried it blindfolded and someone had told me it was a Couvreur whisky, I would have believed it immediately. Pickled red fruits from a very, very humid cellar.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The color is not particularly intense or dark, but the (very ripe looking) sherry nose has it all. Easily reminds me of the Michel Courvreur cellar aroma. Not elegant but seductive nonetheless. There is also a touch of sulfur. Quite astonishing. In addition, red ripe fruits, very spicy oak, pickled plums and walnuts, old leather, some tobacco.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong oak and full body. Plums, raspberries, walnuts, chestnuts, pickled cherries, rum pot, damp cellar, damp earth, dark chocolate, espresso and again tobacco and leather.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to long finish. Cherries in the damp cellar. The only downer is a slight (mold) fungus note at the end, which sets in a few minutes after the last sip.

  17. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  18. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Try it at the Whisky Spring Schwetzingen 2021.

    Very intense sherry aroma.
    Still soft and round.
    Looks older than 14 years.
    Very tasty.

    Class!

  19. Marcel74 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Relatively few influences, I detected some tobacco tones

  20. hlz30 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    No fault, no great
    • Nose
      83 83
      A remote sniff detected the oloroso sherry notes. Raisin, dried fruits and used leather, though none is heavy. A closer nosing discovered the fresh pears and spices. Cream with raised dough in the emptied glass. Not a complex profile (it is a bit easy)
    • Taste
      83 83
      Medium to rather thin body.
      Instantly sweet, spicy liquorice, followed by oak bitterness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long. Slightly drying, oak bitterness, fresh pears, cream.

  21. notesofmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blad still 14 years old, Sherry Cask, 46.7% alc. Release 2021

    Nose: Oh ... there we have it, really nice sherrymalt. Raisins, dried berries, oranges, leather and wood aromas. This is followed by wonderfully integrated spices. Cinnamon is underneath, a little liquorice removed. Harmonious and not intrusive.

    Palate: It continues its line. A lot of raisins, a hint of dates, a lot of leather and pleasantly mild wood aromas. More cinnamon than on the nose, with walnuts and delicate chocolate aromas.

    Finish: Rather long and initially very sweet, towards the end cinnamon and dry wood prevail again.

    Conclusion: I have definitely found my favorite in the current core range. A wonderful sherry painting with a clear line throughout, perfectly coordinated. Really harmonious and yet not boring. 89/100 points (2021).

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  22. Hegu scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    A beautiful lowlander matured in a barrel of Oloroso.
    • Nose
      Raisin, vanilla, toast brought by the barrel, planed chips, oregano.
    • Taste
      Soft, slightly sweet, the wood chips feel and the alcohol comes out.
    • Finish
      The barrel seems to take power with a big tannin roller. A little uneven.

  23. RJKrueger scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A clearly sherry-heavy blade with a lot of complexity. Nice for an evening by the fireplace or a hearty dinner with game.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Clear, dry and heavy sherry notes, earthy, musty cellar storage, dark fruits with walnuts. A few herbs and floral notes dance along somewhere.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The whisky keeps what the nose promised on the palate. Not so sweet and very dry, with some leather and tobacco, dark chocolate and liquorice.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, persistent finish with beautiful, harmonious wood notes.

  24. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruity, floral; beautiful barrel note; Raisins; Dried fruit; generally very sweet (vanilla is still included); Wood comes through again and again and brings a nice flavor; after a while, a clear lovage note comes through
    • Taste
      Caramel; Raisins, dried fruit; cinnamon heat; clear wood; a mixture of rubber and leather; later a slight acid comes on the tongue; again and again fruit and wood with nice spices
    • Finish
      spicy; Nut; slightly chocolatey (grape-nut); again and again dark fruits and leather

  25. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  26. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Well done, modern sherry barrel maturation (only I don't need the floral notes), but never worth a purchase for me at 100 euros.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  28. Keek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious part!
    • Nose
      red fruits, flowery, citrus fruits, herbs, maggi, leather
    • Taste
      Sherry, leather, cinnamon, raisins
    • Finish
      medium length, dry

  29. Allandale did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Woody, spicy and sweet.
    • Nose
      Wood spices, rich raisins and sultanas with a hint of orange peel and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Raisins, dried fruit, rich fruit cake with sweet cinnamon and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Rich and long with a slight dryness.

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