Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Oct 2013 7:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 92.85

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 1990

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.71 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2017]  Out of curiosity I bought a small sample at Limburg whisky fair.

    This is another fine example of a (still) underrated distillery (compared to Rosebank or Littlemill), obviously it gets no "closure" bonus (I thank the whisky god it was just silent for the last years and will be - after the necessary repairs and investments - on full production again under the new Australian owner).

    PS:  Good old Serge scored this whisky 77 points only but I cannot comprehend any parts of his tasting notes.  So either he or me got a wrong or spoiled sample...  But looking at all the other WB scores I dare to buy a bottle at the right price and clarify this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows some early legs and late slow tears. The nose is a typical Bladnoch with tons of green apples, honey, grassy and some wooden notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste itself is nicely balanced out of fresh fruits, barley sugary and wooden flavours. Water is not needed (it releases some bitter flavours).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives on the palate warming and instantly mouth-coating with no distracting moments, really good. The finish is quite long, milk chocolatey and chewable with some spicy aromas, no bitter or drying notes.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Day 1

    N: [Sherrywine] raisins, a boozy carrot cake, a grassy-biscuit ‘Speyside-ness’, that distillery ketchup note, orange & lime peel, ground black pepper, honey biscuits and subtle oak with a woody/musty note. Comforting and not overly complicated nose.

    T: Vibrant, spice fizz, and a ‘blink and you'll miss it’ initial malt sweetness. Citrus zest, pith. celery and strong but fresh wood tannins all the way through. A long development from all of the aforementioned. Adding water [and time] aides the malt sweetness a little but can take away the vibrancy.

    F: Salty, malt takes a long time to poke its way through the vegetal canopy. Very savoury finish, menthol toothpaste in the mouth [in a good way], with grapefruit peel and pith at the death, all so fresh. Fresh woodiness with charred smoke wisps.

    C: Yin/yang nose/taste experience. This is excellent but you have to appreciate the sour and bitter sides of life. This is splendid but its a demanding dram as theres very little sweetness to help. Having said that, theres nothing wrong here. A sophisticated dram.

    Scores a B+ [89]


    N: Thats an impressive cereal sherried nose. Earl Grey tea and that by now familiar close, intense sandalwood spice also but this is all about the sherried barley, very impressive.

    T: Vibrant, intense, golly thats got some body and a kick like a 100 proof+ bourbon. The sherry is unquestionably top notch, the wood provides initial spice but then adds sweetness to compliment the grain. Is this a sherry or a bourbon cask? - seems like both at times.

    F: A [bourbon] caramel vibe takes you a short and sweet finish. Wonderful. Theres a fruity raisin lemon drizzle cake here including a citrus zestyness that i detected on my first sample, but its behind the scenes - today the sweet toffee finish is where this one is at. Five minutes later and I’m getting Piri piri sauce and prawn wraps.

    C: Comparing the two samples, the nose is similar, but boy, the yan/yan citrus i was struggling with the first sample has gone here.  Very very delicious and simply well crafted. Now i want a bottle

    Scores an A- [90]

  3. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Complex and highly intriguing nose, with classic lowland grassy elements beautifully tempered by aged oak, bringing through notes of old leather, orange peel and tablet. Nicely balanced on the palate too, with lemon and grapefruit elements keeping things lively alongside sweeter fruits (apples and berries), coffee, tablet and roasted chestnuts. Medium length, warming finish with the grassy elements back to the fore. A really nice old lowlander.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88


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