Bladnoch 2001

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Lightly Peated
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Butt
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Sheep Label
Added on
13 Jun 2013 12:50 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 88.10

7 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 2001

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.05 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur


    N: From a lightly peated sherry butt, it makes you wonder what Bladnoch was producing at the time, that they thought this release-worthy enough for their distillery label ‘farm’ series. Hinting at a very slight sooty/ashiness, ‘boingy’ ginger, I begin to pick up on some peppery citrus-hot fruits, sugars, and faint suggestions of a farmy porridgy old paint tin base, but even after 5, 7, 9 months/one year+ later, even time itself can’t tame those sherry-springy/ vinegary-sweet Swarfega-esque volatiles. With some trepidation, let’s see what the palate says.

    T: With a passing farmy/phenol hint, we’ve bitter-briny-citrus burnt fruit sugars and singed/plimsolls in the main, with little else managing to survive past that dominant boingy charred cask and cinnamon-y plimsoll middle. A year on, and remaining idiosyncratic meaty raisin-rubbery grimy and dirty,.. with one last positive push, one could view this as a freaky Glen Scotia/Loch Lomond/Abhainn Dearg-like mezcal-rhum Agricole-esque crossover,… though this all feels like clutching at straws.

    F: Astringent yet aromatic peppery sherry all the way home, though a style of sherry maturation that sits between the old transport casks and the fully seasoned syrup-ed jobs. Is that vanilla fudge at the death, no, it’s ‘rum & raisin’, but with boingy detergent remaining till the tail, this is all desperate last measures. A cellulose-y mouthfeel on the last leg is the surprising pinnacle of this one’s game, soon followed by a soapy sugar barley note before an all-fortified wine affair at the death.

    C: No, it’s not a total shocker/disaster. It’s just very odd/freaky and really hard work, and I’d so been looking forward to opening this bottle I bought for just £45 on the back of giving a 3cl sample stellar marks back in 2011/12 when I had little experience.

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Typical old school sherry bladnoch. Tasty, honest, strong and a little dirty - too bad that the species are probably extinct.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose: very alcoholic, easy onset of smoke (burned wood), herbs, sherry (sweet and dried fruit), floral and also slightly earthy, vanilla and caramel. Water tames the alcohol and strengthens the herbs and the mineral earthy note.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong but creamy, very sweet, orange marmalade on chocolate biscuit, dry sherry sweetness, vanilla, herbs and bitter oak, again a hint of smoke. Much creamier with water - more sherry and caramel / malt.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dried herbs, sherry sweetness, subtle smoke, long and dry with a lot of oak to the end. Water does not change the finish except that it gets even more bitter.

  3. Whisky101 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great dram for the price, A shame this distillery closed. Definitely buy a   bottle. It can take a lot of water. 
    • Nose
      sherry and fruit. 
    • Taste
      Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, strong but sweet with fruit, some spice, hints of orange, chocolate, vanilla and cherry. 
    • Finish
      Medium, nice sweetness and a lasting aftertaste of cherry. 

  4. Albaron scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    The nose is difficult, the whisky opens late, the finish is the best. A good whisky, by far the best Lowlander I have ever had in the glass, but he would like to have a bit more smoke. It is also better from sip to sip
    • Nose
      Alcohol tingles in the nose, herbs, raisins, dried fruit, meadow, light sweetness, vanilla, light smoke
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, alcohol, raisins, a hint of smoke, herbs are also found
    • Finish
      The light smoke remains, but also raisins, grapes, sherry

  5. Dieter_W scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very nice fruity complex bladnoch, Very full and aromatic. Great
    • Nose
      restrained - sweet-fruity - very aromatic soft character
    • Taste
      tasting too, silky soft, fruity
    • Finish
      very full-bodied.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    with a little bit of water this is a real pearl, but you should like oak.
    • Nose
      he is clearly reserved in the nose. a little sherry, a bit mineral, a little leather, some fruit, but everything still tamed. With a drop of water it gets on a nice sweetness, a little orange with a good dose of oak.
    • Taste
      Pure very strong, but with water come orange peels, some salt and oak. The whole thing on the sweet side.
    • Finish
      Tart oak notes, sherry notes are now noticeable, tobacco, some salt, a light, fruity sweetness in the background, otherwise very astringent and clearly oak.

  7. sengjc scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A really "funky" whisky - nose reminds of barnyards and you can detect some sulphur on the palate but it for some bizarre reason, it actually helps the malt to give it a distinct characteristic. A rather polarising whisky, you would either enjoy it or detest it immediately.

  8. Jevan scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Jevan scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Interesting but not stellar dram. The nose was off-putting but calmed down with water. Interesting was the light body with the oily taste usually found in heavy bodied malts. This is OK but something doesn't hang together quite right.
    • Nose
      Slightly sour nose with some farmyard smells. Light earthy peat. Malt vinegar. Over-ripe fermenting apples. Not the best nose I have had. With water the sourness dissipates letting through some ripe fruit and a little toffee or Scottish tablet.
    • Taste
      Lightish body that leaves an oily mouthcoating and a rich earthy taste. Hint of smoke and light engine oil. Slightly rotting grass cuttings behind that. Over-ripe fruit, dark chocolate, spices (cinnamon & clove) and some leather.
    • Finish
      Medium finish that really coats the mouth and takes its time to dissipate. Spicy at first then drifting into chocolate and leather.

  10. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Citrus, fudge, some vomit, ashes, plums and meaty notes.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, grains - cereals, fudge, coffee and apple.
    • Finish
      Spices, milk chocolate, nuts - hazelnuts, pepper and raisins.


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