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Bladnoch 08-year-old

Overall rating
83.54/100
votes
16
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Arthur Bell & Sons
Bottled
1988
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
06 Feb 2009 10:08 pm

Average value

€ 338,52

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 08-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.54 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Similar to the previous Glenkinchie 10 WB, but with far more of a confident forward drive towards a fruitier [tropical/citrus] malt with an oily saltiness. There is a porridge base, albeit more oily [no grease], but still this and the Glenkinchie remain similar. Subtle candy notes are the icing on the cake.
    T: Bold approach, with a dryish malty barley sweetness and suggestions of a coastal farm, little mint and faint aniseed drops with a firm barley core. The mouthfeel is slightly better/different with a little water. Additional water also includes a sweet, waxy grapefruit note.
    F: Firm, dry, malty-citrus-barley>mash with a chocolatey fruity, barley-malt core. Good length, tasty finish before a decisively clean fade.
    C: Nothing wrong here. A very fine Bladnoch going for peanuts at auction.
    Scores a B-

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I have always liked the Bladnoch 8 year in varying versions, easy to drink and pleasantly sweet.

    At 46-48% this would have been really good.
    • Nose
      Light, zesty, creamy on caramel notes, ripe plum and biscuit, ginger and white pepper.

      There is also a little pineapple and grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Quite fizzy with hints of orange marmalade, buttercream, fudge and a little ginger
    • Finish
      Not short probably approaching medium with a nice toffee sweet finish

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The nose was a
    pleasant surprise, but then it goes downhill fast. Nothing wrong with it, but
    far from great. And what a coincidence: it is the 8th Bladnoch that
    I have tried and it is 8 years old – making it the youngest Bladnoch I have
    tried thus far. I guess that is the most interesting thing I can say about this
    bottling.
    • Nose
      The nose is very
      fresh and fruity with hints of lemongrass, grain cookies, apples, strawberries
      and hazelnuts. Then some banana and overripe melon. Quite pleasant in fact. The
      heart is sweet malt, though. I would have guessed this to be older, had I taste
      dit blind, for it smells quite mature.
    • Taste
      The arrival is,
      unfortunately, quite watery. I could have done with a little more body.
      Moreover, the taste is a lot less outspoken than the nose. While it remains
      sufficiently fruity, it has lost its almost tropical character and even turns a
      little bitter from the tannins. Surprisingly spicy on pepper and ginger. Hints
      of nuts in the background, maybe even some chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly
      short and offers nothing new.

  5. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The trademark Bladnoch grassy notes I associate with more recent releases are still there on the nose, but do not dominate. Rather, they share the profile with malted biscuits, grist, soft citrus fruits, strawberries and hazelnut cookies. It's not particularly strong, mainly due to the low bottling strength I guess, but retains the lovely lowland profile of this distillery I've grown to love. One drop of water did very little. Doesn't nose particularly young, so I wonder whether some casks considerably older than the 8yo age statement made it into the vatting? Relatively straightforward on the palate, with chilli spice and pepper dominating. Softer elements of roasted chestnuts, milk chocolate and cream are kept firmly in the background. Relatively short finish too. Lovely nose, but nothing earth shattering on the palate or finish. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't pay the premium for this older bottling when good value recent releases are still around.

  6. Malt Hans scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, orange, banana, ripe melon, passion fruit and

    anise. Marzipan sweet taste, raisins, anise, ginger, pepper, malt and

    vanilla. Medium long, sweet and malty end.

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