Bladnoch 1977

Overall rating
88.63/100
votes
188
Whiskybase ID
WB273
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1977
Bottled
10.2001
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281016221
Added on
14 aug 2007 9:38 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1042.11

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Whisky reviews for Bladnoch 1977

32 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.63 points.

  1. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    purebred whisky with its own character. Very solid and assembled, a pleasure
    • Nose
      91 91
      Ripe lemons, field herbs, acacia honey, linden blossom, cinnamon and vanilla, salted caramel and some cucumber pickle, peaches. Saturated and bright, immediately gives a scattering of aromas that blend perfectly into one bouquet.
    • Taste
      90 90
      cream, lemon. It seems to be not difficult, but very whole and interesting, it rolls in a wave, first gently creamy, then a sip of lemon juice and spices, very worthy and interesting, alcohol is integrated perfectly, does not stick out at all
    • Finish
      88 88
      citruses, salted caramel, olive oil, apricot pit

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  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Floral honey, tropical fruits, yellow plums, vanilla, oak, herbal bitters, quite fat, rich, enveloping, peppery warming note is especially noticeable on the finish, but it does not interfere - on the contrary. 22.5-22.5-23-23
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    1. It feels like a pure bourbon barrel.
    2. One can feel the familiar profile of Bladnokh only in an empty glass.
    A fine, complex, multi-layered, complex whisky.
    The aroma is unusually weak, but the taste brightly "explodes" in the mouth, ending with a persistent tannic aftertaste interspersed with tropical fruits.
    One drop of water just blew this whisky!
    This whisky definitely deserves your attention!
    23 23 22 21
    • Nose
      Lots of thinner, tropical fruit, something sour from pickled vegetables, a dusty sack of flour, malt, spices, kumquat, red plum, horseradish garlic croutons.
      Sharpness of spices and hot burning of mature spirits.
      Second nose. A very interesting aroma where the signature of whey is felt only in an empty glass or after significant aeration. Sunflower oil.
      Saturation: 7 out of 10
    • Taste
      Tropical fruits, lemon juice with sugar syrup, rancier, old bottle, bitter oak bark, apple jam, wasabi, spices.
      Mouth astringent tannins.
      Lacked oiliness and thickness.
      Sweetness: 7 out of 10
      Saturation: 9 out of 10
    • Finish
      Tropical fruits and tart, bitter tannins of old woods.

  5. DimiIkon scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: August 2022
    • Nose
      Floral and perfumed sweetness. Clover, heather and violet. Ginger, orange and a little chemical note.
    • Taste
      Boiled vegetables and full of flowers! Spices with black pepper, mild saltiness and some citrus, a certain creaminess.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with a fantastic floral and mild citrus. Salty caramel, oak wood and dry.

  6. BunnaMan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Perfumy heather and violet sweet Floral notes and frutiy citrus notes also.
      Oranges and cantelope. Vanilla fudge.
      Also a hint of more dirty chemical notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet oily vanilla and light boiled vegetables. Peaches, citrus, black pepper and a bit salty.
      A god level of ABV.
    • Finish
      The saltiness and spicyness comes through more in the finish with vanilla sweetness.

  7. TomP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. sebstevebai scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Best Bladnoch I've had so far. The nose is what immediately stands out to me. Peach Yoghurt, key lime pie. Quite fruity with a hint of jam mixed with cream cheese. Solid bottle.

  9. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Simo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------91

  12. whisk_guy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    0.25 left
    opened for 6 days
    Glassware: Lehmann
    Colour: Gold
    • Nose
      88 88
      Yellow flower tea, cinnamon, lemon, vanilla, biscuit, nectar, ginger, light rouge
      Grapefruit after 50 mins
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium body, smooth, very rich yellow flower and pineapple, white pepper, citrus, light vanilla
      Grapefruit after 50 mins
      8/10 Sweet
      4/10 Sour
      4/10 Spice
    • Finish
      85 85
      Yellow flower tea, hints of vanilla
      Bit dry mouth feeling
      Length: Medium Major (2mins10sec)

  13. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I originally had this pegged at 86, but a second tasting made me think 87 is more like it. In the lineup it was served to me, this bottle was the king for both me and the large majority of the tasters, being superlative compared to anything coming out with the name Bladnoch in the new millennium. If only the new Talia bottlings were like this, but alas...

    Tasted in this lineup of Bladnoch: 10yo Flora & Fauna (83), 11yo Distillery Label from the Armstrong period (79), 12yo Single Cask #39 (77), 12yo Single Cask #40 (78), 13yo Single Cask #420 (82), 20yo 1990 cask #5338 (84), Rare Malts 23yo 1977 (87), and 8yo Heavily Peated 50ppm cask #7 (78).
    • Nose
      Heavy candlewax and a bit of nail polish remover at first. After a bit of time in the glass we have dry oak, chlorine, and with water, ripe fruit (sweet grapes). Some vegetable oil and again that candlewax. Lovely!
    • Taste
      An oily, big RM body for sure, with sawdust and pepper at first, then chamois leather, chalk, and wet yeast. It's too sharp for me neat, but with some water this gentle, oily waxiness takes over.
    • Finish
      Long, on soggy old oak, wax, and some grapes. Perhaps not the best RM I've had, but very good anyway.

  14. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  15. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Malty, pineapple, orange, a bit dull, cask is not active maybe? or short fermentation time?
    • Taste
      Grapefruits, grapes, mellow, barley sugar, marshmallow, very hot afterward.
    • Finish
      Short-medium, barley sugary malty.

  16. Teresa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A friend brought back a lineup of samples from the old & rare show London 2020. Amazing to be able to try these drams. These are the results: (keep in mind these are tiny samples, just enough to get an impression)

    1st: 1968 Ardmore 20yr Signatory dumpy (6439) 94pts
    2nd: 1977 Bladnoch 23yr (273) 92pts
    2nd: Dalmore 20yr bottled 1960s (39949) 92pts
    4th: 1992 Clynelish 26yr Hidden Spirits (125978) 90pts
    5th: Ainslie’s 12yr bottled 1960s? (64557) 88pts
    6th: 1974 Ledaig private cask 27yr 87pts
    7th 1974 Caol Ila 21yr Signatory dumpy (38207) 78pts

    A bit of a divisive Rare Malt, it seems. A thick honey note that seems to elude modern whisky. Wildflower honey, pinesap, fresh mint, vanilla bean, yellow fruit, a little menthol even. Fat spirit. I don’t get any cheesy notes others seem to find, but it’s a small sample... in the mouth, great honey, yellow fruits galore, waxy, juicy fruit, comic strip bubblegum, crisp mint, wow love that. Finishes with notes of hemp, juicy fruit, more honey, mint and wax. Really my style, I like it a lot.

    92/100

  18. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    J&B stall Old & Rare 2020. very elegant and tasty bladnoch. 8/10. short notes follow
    • Nose
      monbazillac, peach rings, not hugely expressive here but nice
    • Taste
      very 'haribo', soft waxy sweets, salty, lovely soft oak, quite oily, resins, noble rot, slightly spicy oak and sap.

  19. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very sharp and bright, a lot of fresh fruit.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. Dominique69 scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017] Another head-to-head tasting day, this time two 23-years old Bladnoch against each other - a 1966 SV (WB id 20009)) versus this 1977 Rare Malt edition.

    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
      87 87
      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
      89 89
      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.

  26. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Landryn scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Give this one time and it is really rewarding if a little rough round the edges.
    • Nose
      White wine, vinegar, sherry and salt & vinegar crisps at first nosing.

      Then there is smoked cheese and salt.
    • Taste
      Orange fizzy sherbet mixed with Dime Bars (confectionary), strawberry and a little lime with ginger.
    • Finish
      Long, fizzy with the sherry coming through at the end.

  30. zby0001 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Light bodied and with finesse.
    • Nose
      Reveals a fragrant-flora and fruity aromatic character that leads to lemon peel and lemon grass.Moist hay.Barley grist.
    • Taste
      Delicate.Lemon sorbet.A shadow of fino sherry?
    • Finish
      Sharp,not peppery but chili hot and concentrated.Grappa-grapey

  32. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    nice RM, thanks Martin!
    • Nose
      cake baking mix, creamy, floral, bourbon, oily, citrus-lemon, sharp, vanilla and malty
    • Taste
      floral, vanilla, leather, coffee, oaky, honey and gooseberries 
    • Finish
      soft spices, citrus - orange, bitter fruits - grape fruits and vanilla - custard

      later some menthol

  33. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Typical Rare Malt profile in my view. Sharp and citric. However this Bladnoch had a sweet vanilla edge on the palate which is very enjoyable. Tnx Janou for sharing this bottle together!
    • Nose
      Spirity at first. Citrus fruit of lemon and lime. Orange peel. Grassy notes. Even sweet-sour farmy associations.
    • Taste
      Waxy and oily. Hot chili intermingled with sweet oakiness. Icing Sugar. Vanilla and a little honey. Ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Dryness. Heavy spices of pepper and nutmeg. Liquorice.

  34. The Macallan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Once I found a place where I could taste that kinda stuff. I took a nip and was pleasantly surprised by it. A nice Lowland style, with a little Highland Kick in it The grassy, lemony, somewhat oaky peaty aroma`s and flavors gave it something special. Now Bladnoch belongs to an Irishman and he takes the distillery to its fullest potential

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