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Bladnoch 2001

Overall rating
85.36/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB21860
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Lightly Peated
Vintage
02.12.2001
Bottled
01.03.2011
Stated Age
09 years old
Casknumber
324
Strength
56.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 May 2011 2:35 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 57.90

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 2001

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Ardmore Light

    This is an official release from the period when the Armstrong brothers were in charge. Distilled in 2001, bottled in 2011 – so almost as long in the bottle than on the cask. Raymond and Colin clearly felt the contents was more important than the looks, judging by the packaging. Oh, lest I forget, this Bladnoch is ‘lightly peated’. I am curious.

    Grain cookies, hay and vanilla come first, but then the nose does show the peat. Totally different from Islay, island or Highland peat, so it takes some getting used to. Some potato skins, curry powder and stale beer. Citrus in the background. I confess, I am not yet convinced.

    The palate is much better. Lime, grapefruit, vanilla, oranges, white pepper, fresh ginger, quinine and even some chocolate, the whole shrouded in a pleasant smokiness. The peat gives it some earthy and mildly sour notes, while the wood offers some bitterness and the vanilla keeps the whole sweet enough to prevent you from pulling a face. Midpalate it even turns quite pleasantly sweet and powerful. Yup, this is good after all.

    In the finish I get orangettes, breakfast cereals with chocolate and a lingering smokiness.

    I do not mean to put this Bladnoch down, but I would dare to describe this as Ardmore Light. Surprising and good, despite the rather queer nose.

  2. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky, the little hint of peat and sweetness works fine, with some clear grassy and farmy notes. Pleasant.
    • Nose
      Some slight of peat, but also a lot of fruitiness, and farmy. Grassy, hay, cow stable. Citrus, orange. Pretty some alcohol.
    • Taste
      Pretty smooth initially, then alcohol kicks in, pretty powerful. Pepper, a little smoke and peat, sweet notes, honey. Grassy again. Drying mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Pretty some power, pepper,some light peat, grassy and sweet, honey. Pretty warming, and pretty long finish.

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Just too harsh, why always.
    • Nose
      the alcohol is surprisingly well integrated, slightly malty, fermentation notes, beery, slightly musty, some vanilla. With water, the citrus notes are fresher, the musty disappears easily. There is a hint of peat in it.
    • Taste
      pure almost not edible, a strong bitter note pervades this whisky. It does not get much better with water. The 9 years in the barrel have left a little too much bitterness.
    • Finish
      The departure of the 9er is simply just tart, slightly tingling, hint of peat, bitter and astringent.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to the sherry matured casks 280 and 282, and this one is clearly the best one of the three.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Citrus, toffee and vanilla. Peat indeed, but in a vegetal sense: moss-like, and even something like cactus. Very different from peated Islays or even Highlanders. Eventually also typical Lowlands notes like grass, grain cooky and hay. With water more of those notes as well as grapefruit and white pepper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      More peat now: Dark chocolate. Lime, toffee, hay, orange, grapefruit, pepper and fig.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, dark chocolate, toffee, orange, lime, peat, straw, cooky and pepper.

  7. ducksingel scored this whisky 87 points Editor

    Surprisingly 'full' for its age. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

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