Distillery owner, David Prior, might as well be Richard Pryor. He takes short cuts when it comes to the time honored tradition of distilling malted barley spirits . . . even though he himself might be privately into "spirit cooking."
One thing is certain: Prior's whisky speaks for itself. The man has no "prior counts" of making whisky before he bought Bladnoch Distillery in 2015 with proceeds from the sale of his Australian yogurt company called "Five AM" (in the bloody morning).
Prior seems like a whisky heathen passing himself off as distinguished royalty. His move to buy Bladnoch is yet another case of foreign multinationals devaluing Scotland's whisky by promoting clear spirits in Hollywood to decrease public interest in the 90's only so they could pounce, buy up most of the distilleries in Scotland, and then start promoting Scotch once again in Hollywood and the media.
Talk about hostile take-overs. Good grief. Yes, Prior's purchase of Bladnoch is later than most, but it's still the latest domino in which Scottish-owned distilleries are going down, down, down . . . even while the quality of a lot of the whisky is going down, down, down. There are always exceptions, however. Bruichladdich is one of them, and there are others that have improved after switching ownership.
These days, everything in the OB line of Bladnoch tastes to me as though artificial (chemical) sweetners are being added. I'm not saying definitively that they are, but the whiskies smell and taste that way to me. And, no, I'm not crazy about Prior's decision to go NAS on everything OB except the older spirit that Prior didn't make but rather inherited when he bought the distillery. The old Bladnoch 10 wasn't great, but it certainly wasn't bad. I can't say the same that about Samsara or Adela.
To quote Richard Pryor: "I know that if I wasn't scared, something's wrong, because the thrill is what's scary." Drink at your own risk.