Bladnoch Samsara

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Californian red wine and bourbon casks
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
au Australia
Added on
17 Oct 2016 2:07 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 80.81

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69 × member ratings

95 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch Samsara

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.79 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    A very wine forward malt. Not necessarily my bag.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Orange vitamins. A blast of red wine. Artificial sweetener, mineral. Twigs and berries
    • Taste
      72 72
      Chlorine, tablet. Vitamin c, orange oil. Winey winey winey. Pretty simplistic
    • Finish
      72 72
      Sour wine. Simple. Chlorine, mineral, vitamins, orange rind.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    honestly refreshingly different. The Aperol Sprizz under the whisky. Herb fruity. Very idiosyncratic.
    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet, slightly artificial, some plastic, a hint of vinegar, oranges, something chalky, a bit musty.
    • Taste
      peppery, in fact a bit vinous, orange peel, tart, slightly bitter, like tart orangina. Somehow exciting.
    • Finish
      slightly vinous notes, some pepper, quite tart, orange peel, in the end the tart notes take over the scepter.

  3. keizerjos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    on sale for 75.15 at the fair, was insane. My note: záááááááááight. But written more sloppily. Sprinkly fresh, tasty bitterness, fermenting fruit - of the right kind. A lot of money for a NAS.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Artificial perfume and sweetened candy.

  5. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I do like Bladnochs bottled in the Armstrong era. This is very different from those. In comparison not recognisable as Bladnoch, but I like. Where you have to work hard with the older bottlings, this Bladnoch gives, and gives, immediate and in abundance.
    Clearly the new owners want to connect to a more modern and bigger audience with expensive multiple maturation of existing stocks. I hope they do not go too ‘wood crazy’ in the other expressions. 1 Dalmore is enough. This Samsara is on the edge.
    • Nose
      Heavy and full.Soaked fruit. Sweet and sour. Apricots. Peach. Cherries. Mint. Lavender.
      With water it is even heavier in the nose. Sweeter. The (red) fruits are now sliced, oozing their fresh juice. Icing sugar. Malty.
    • Taste
      Soft, fruity arrival. The development is long and hot. Juicy oranges. Full. Beautiful mouthfeeling; Creamy / fatty.
      With water as in the nise the taste is also heavier. Short, fruity arrival with development of sweet-and-sour juicy, overripe citrus fruits. The mouthfeeling is of lemon drops.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Some sweet and sour. Quick bitterness. Woodjuices prevail

  6. daniel.yrh scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Bought a 3cl sample from MoM. I am glad I didn’t get a full bottle.
    • Nose
      Fruity and a bit dry
    • Taste
      This reminds me of the Jura 10yo. An overpriced bottle
    • Finish
      Short and dry, there is some bitterness at the very end

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    Ouch, this one reminds me of that Dalmore 1994 on Medoc from 2005. The fact that I remember it says a lot. Around 80 EUR. That is not cheap, either. To be avoided.
    • Nose
      Well, the nose is a bit of a scare, actually. This reminds me of baby puke. I kid you not. Buttery, sweet and sour with loads of oranges. No, really, this is over the top. When it isn’t, I write baby breath, but this is puke, simple and pure. I’m sorry, that’s what I smell. Yikes!
    • Taste
      It is very creamy on the palate, but the wine is too much. Plums, violets, strawberry jam and sweet malt. It easily crosses over into being winey which is just not pleasant. I am pulling faces as I sip.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately the finish is very long, bitter and drying.

  8. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    So disappoint the nose and the finish. In stark contrast to this is the sweet sugar taste, which is great.
    Overall, very idiosyncratic. Too bad that the nose and the finish the great taste over there.
    • Nose
      A cheese note that covers everything. However, the red wine barrels are also clearly noticeable. Slight strawberry and cherry notes and red grapes are recognizable. Likewise a wineiness.
      Somehow, the nose, however, musty. A small salt note as well as orange is quite low.
    • Taste
      Boom what's going on there? After the deterrent nose now comes a fruit explosion. Very cute. A mix of sweetness and fruit towards fruit salad is spreading. The sticky sweetness reminds of the red cherries of Haribo. After some time, the vain touch comes through again.
      Great. The taste knows how to please.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. And the sweetie is gone again. This turns to a bitterness and the orange is more reminiscent of an orange peel. A harsh note to the conclusion.

  9. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The first of three new releases from Bladnoch in early 2017 to celebrate the reopening of this Lowland distillery. First fill Californian red wine and bourbon casks were used for this maturation.

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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