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Bladnoch 10-year-old

Overall rating
84.14/100
votes
94
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
PLU 9821
Barcode
5055129298215
Added on
14 Aug 2007 9:00 pm

Average value

€ 234,17

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 10-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.14 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Note from a blind tasting:
    perplexed - I'm guessing sherry keg, the maturation acts ehr additive as subtractive - 10-15 years in a Firstfill barrel (very very aromatic wood / tannins but still quite active - could be less in a smaller barrel) the alcohol content would be up to 50 Type%, probably a Highlander or Speyside from a UA.
    • Nose
      At first it looks very clean, herbaceous spicy notes slowly rise, rose petals, honey, sugar crust, freshly cut hedge, freshly cut still juicy oak wood, tannins in tree sap, vanilla, a fruity base note that reminds me of warm apple juice
    • Taste
      soft, smooth, round, mint and aromatic light oak - then tobacco, ginger, sweet sour fruity grape juice, peppery to chili without being alcoholic, warming and cooling with well-integrated alcohol,
    • Finish
      long and very vegetable, herbaceous, herbaceous spicy - the acid has disappeared - slightly sweet with some wax, it is especially spicy

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty, I seem to have caught a much darker, sweeter batch than the previous tasters, lemon / acid / wax / grass I can not find. Too bad that I had not really discovered a long whisky break and Bladnoch back then when it was still regular for the normal price (40-50 €) ... :-(
    • Nose
      full and intense, you could first mean sherry, then more brown sugar, honey, malt, in addition to the bladnoch-typical hay, some sweetish herbaceous, and a very light Maggi kick
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, powerful, slightly peppery, again a lot of sugar and honey sweetness, the hay seeds go here even more in the direction of herbs / sweetness, herbal sweets, herbal liqueur, some licorice
    • Finish
      long, some pepper, herb bitters, cough syrup, licorice

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light , Fruity and floral, lemon cake.
    • Taste
      Light bodied,  fruity and malty , delicate honey.
    • Finish
      Delicate citrus fruits.

  5. The Macallan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N: A touch of sherry, fruit fragances, citrus and floral notes (grass)

    P: Sweet sheriish kick off, with some malt, fruit, floral citric notes

    F: Straight forward, with some floral - spicy - drying notes to it.

    C: Quite enjoyable this one.

  6. Gilles_V scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      77 77

  7. Gilles_V scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    An excellent malt to savor during the morning. The Lowland as it should be. Suggested chord with pipe: Mix of Virginia and Orient, eg. the Hans Wiedemann Oriental Sunrise
    • Nose
      From the start a beautiful lemony freshness, some floral touches, especially a hint of lavender. Then, a more traditional frame of cereals, even almond.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it is the cereal notes that appear first, followed by the delicious acidity of the lemon. A confirmation of the nose but in an inverted order.
    • Finish
      Finale of medium length. However, the lemony freshness recalls our memory for a long time.

  8. jazzpianofingers did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: That is a wonderful combo of all the best things about, well, many softer, floral malts from all across the board. Divine, grassy, estery, honeyed, fudgy malt with a touch of Lowlands magic in the yeasty, bovril/meaty department. Theres a fair amount of pollen here too, from shrubs and trees more than low lying ornamentals and shades of soft, sweet lemon, orange and lime citrus as well as apricot and cheddar with ginger, but its the balance and delivered pace of honeyed malt and soft fruity wood oils that impress me enough to score this higher than the occasional Port Ellen or Brora. Its not perfect though, theres a chalky cardboard note that will continue to the finish but its a whisky that rewards intrepid souls. 
    T: A touch watery, honeyed, grassy arrival, then immediately salty, then sugary with a fresh watery, honeyed, grassy, waxy delivery before the pepper spice and water cress develops. More sugars turn slightly sour [cream], ever grassy and still a tad waxy before the malt seeps through. The pepper and fresh watercress continues but always in a controlled way allowing the malt some breathing space.  Its an unusual mouthful, a lot different to the nose and different from most malts. Although light in style, it covers the whole palate. Its the balance between sweet and sour which is so endearing with a fascinating symbiotic relationship between spirit and cask this one creating a sweet/sour, fresh, saline, peppery, oaky/oily/waxy, bitter lemon maltiness which is varied but steady. Salty, cocoa malt heralds a shift…
    F: ….reaching an oily/waxy, sour, salty, malty cul-de-sac pause before setting off again. It becomes salivating once more, showing a touch of bourbon, mint-chocolate woody freshness, lemon seeds,… constantly salivating. Light malty, chalky, saline water concludes with those lemon seeds, vanillas and a light hot chocolate that endures. Long development, long finish.
    C: This is going to be a real challenge for some. Malts like these don’t compete on the same levels compared to more brazen and more apparent malts but it doesnt mean this Bladnoch bottling isn’t perfect in its own way. Who is to say a Hawk Moth isn’t just as brilliant as a Golden Eagle. Top Trumps aren’t always won by the biggest guns. This is a subtlety challenging whisky for a palate used to upfront, bold flavours against pastel shades.  Its easy to like the big, bold, abv brash, bottle bruisers and its even easier to miss the subtle gems. The nose is one that will keep you guessing. The palate is feed with constant interest with a subtle but salivating finish that tops off a special bottling. Where it loses marks is in its relatively weak arrival where 46% or more could have really boosted its flavour profile. This bottle took a few months before the whisky began to reveal its full wonderment. Just as some whiskies deteriorate quickly once opened, others improve. i was in no rush to finish this bottle. One of the best in the Flora and Fauna range and a cracking Lowlands, period.

    Scores a B+

  9. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Citrus, sherry
    • Taste
      Sherry, malty
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, somewhat bitter

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