Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Barrel
Number of bottles
60.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2016 3:30 pm by Whiskyflasken
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149,89

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20 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 1990 SMWS 50.78

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very complex, a bouquet of delicate but intense aromas, very elegant - a great pleasure for the palate
    • Nose
      Flowering meadow, heather, blooming gorse hedge, blossom honey, ripe apricots, freshly baked orange muffins, rose water, almonds, marzipan
    • Taste
      Fruit bread with many apricots, passion fruit, vanilla and honey, behind well-integrated oak
    • Finish
      Intensive fruitiness, long and warming, in the aftermath pushes oak properly

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What a fantastic nose! The remainder is certainly seriously stunning. A real treat.
    • Nose
      Old, and softly fruity. Directly after pouring, it reminded me of a good grappa. Later, tropical fruits pop up and stay. Mango, peach, ripe pineapple, kiwi. Then, there is this malty taste of pastry. Behind that is a layer of soft wood (cigar box), wax, a perfumed (but not disturbing) flowery note. Strangely so, but I seem to detect a whiff of salinity too. I like it, as it makes an odd but nice combination.
    • Taste
      It's more powerful than you'd expect, but still on the smooth side. The tropical fruit from the nose stays, with a nice level of acidity. Besides, the grassiness (and mint) of Bladnoch intermingles. Next, there is vanilla, wood and a hint of spice.
    • Finish
      The finish might not be the longest, but it's pleasantly fresh. It's still the combination of pastry, tropical fruit and mint. That makes some sort of a dessert, doesn't it? 

  4. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during the SMWS tasting 29-04-2017 at WCY
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Rye breads, sweet breads and Danish swirls with those dried green-fruit bits,... and the other colours too. Generally there's a malty nuttiness with a twist of orange that becomes more pronounced with time and also a cask dunnage note, slight yet clear. After an hour, an oily-fattiness appears.
    T: The nose translates nicely on the palate. Doesn't change an iota with water, even at 50/50. Heaps of wood pepper with a long travel. Just when you think you're into the finish, there's another smaller wave of activity
    F: ..... and what of those nuts - a few to discover. Dry grapefruit joins the pick n mix. Sometimes appears as a sherried finish despite being a bourbon cask, but hey let's go with it.
    C: Bladnoch make good whisky, we know this - so thank goodness it's been revived again, this time by a French investor FACTS? Scored higher the more it opened up. Let's try this alongside a Cragganmore WB.

    Scores a B

  7. Zumbar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Whiskyflasken did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Flavour Profile: Spicy & Dry

    Colour: Copper Kettle

    The kitchen windows steamed up with the heady aromas seeping from the hot ovens. Rosy cheeked bakers toiled over trays of warm brioche buns studded with ginger and nutmeg and glossily iced buns decorated with marron glace and crystalised orange. The bakers downed their tools and fortified themselves with mugs of mead laced with orange zest and traces of chilli. They nibbled at soft, sweet nougat with crushed hazelnuts while reading glossy expensive magazines. Back to work! They drew hot loaves from the ovens: dark rye bread and toasted spelt rolls, ready to be enjoyed with thick cut grapefruit marmalade.

    Drinking tip: After a bracing walk.


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