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Bladnoch 1966 SV

Overall rating
89.50/100
votes
12
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Vintage
28.04.1966
Bottled
08.1989
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Oak Wood
Casknumber
2674 - 76
Number of bottles
800
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 750 ml
Added on
29 Dec 2010 4:52 pm
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Average value

€ 341,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 1966 SV

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Another head-to-head tasting day, this time two 23-years old Bladnoch against each other - this 1966 vintage versus the 1977 Rare Malt edition (WB id 273).

    All in all two very fine Bladnoch with different profiles.  Very interesting to see how the distillery character changed over just one decade.  But this was the decade with the most changes to the production processes in all Scottish distilleries (switching from direct firing to steam coils, abandoning own floor maltings and more). 
    • Nose
      92 92
      Both are golden with the 1966 maybe two shades darker than the Rare Malt. The 1966 offers a rich, almost bold nose on fruity and floral aromas together with a nice honey driven sweetness, very complex and balanced. Due to its high abv of 53.6% the 1977 needs some time of breathing before releasing a more winey and slightly cheesy profile. With water it opens up further, of course and shows more aromas of a sweet wine. This round clearly goes to the older vintage.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The 1966 vintage has a very complex yet well balanced profile of barley sugary, slightly woody and floral/grassy flavours. The Rare Malt is more on the fruity (oranges, lime) and herbal side imbedded in a sound sweet and wooden structure. With water it gets smoother but a little thinner too Hard to judge on this, but I see a slight advantage for the 1966 again (due to its greater complexity).
    • Finish
      88 88
      Bold and instantly mouth-coating with the 1966 - fat, oily and coating too with the 1977. Both are very good at the first sip and I vote for a draw. Both own a very long finish with the 1966 slightly drying out at the very end, but not too unpleasantly. The 1977 got some peppery moments here but no drying at all. Water is not needed. This time the Rare Malt wins.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Its quite light but at 43% everything is in the right place, high enjoyment
    • Nose
      88 88
      I had a lid on the glass and I got a whiff of cheese when I first nosed it, strange?
      Thankfully its gone now to reveal some nice sherry notes, freshly sawn wood, like mahogany cut with a bandsaw (apologies I used to work in industry)
    • Taste
      90 90
      This is something different, there is a battle between the lighter floral notes and the heavier sherry sweetness, I also detect some peat in the mix which seems to grow but overwhelmed by the sherry.
      There is more icing sugar sweetness or similar before more stewed fruit arrives.
      Overall its very entertaining
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, lip smacking with the sweetness lingering , also it retains its floral/perfumed note

  3. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 341 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2016and for 295 € in Dec. 2014

  4. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful example of an old lowland nose, with soft grassy notes mingling alongside fruity aged oak, old leather, musty books, a hint of engine oil and something faintly salty and metallic. Needed some gentle persuasion from hand warming and a bit of time in the glass to reveal its full treasures. If only this had been bottled at cask strength! Full, creamy and fruity on the palate, with the grassy elements keeping things fresh and lively. A slightly sour finish leaves grassy notes lingering at the very end. A lovely lowland malt, very distinctive and with a profile that I'm not sure exists any more. Not one for those that prefer super smooth or rounded drams, but I love the complex grassy/fruity nature of this old Bladnoch.

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