T: Yikes, huge pepper notes engulf the palate, with a little rubber, some oily rubber bands. Water is a must, the addition of which doesn't change the profile so all is fine there. Doesn't do a lot for much of the unravel but offers a most acceptable malty/oily chew. There's a nice charring note also, a deep one. Heading into the finish is where it's at - a forest narrative of woodland walks, wild herbal leafy greens and mild liquorice twigs. A curious sweet-sour-herbal nature keeps up my interest.
F: Its a shady, murky tail with a sublime, soft freshness - like the finish you'd an hour after sucking on a Trebor mint [extra strong].
C: Bladnoch seldom follows trend or broad style, after all it is a Lowland. If you like to celebrate difference, Bladnoch is where it's at and this bottle is testament to that. Lots to unpick and unravel here. Quite the mystery dram with treasures lurking in the forest for the intrepid.
Scores a B