Bladnoch Adela

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Oct 2016 2:11 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 121.75

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch Adela

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.83 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The sulfur has disturbed my nose, the mouth and the finish know to please: here it is a whisky for non-whisky drinkers, very mild and soft, sweet and sherry-dominated. But it is a bit boring. Of course this is not included in the evaluation, BUT: - The bottle is very beautiful, thick glass, a broad bottom, very heavy and valuable, the lid looks like platinum forged. Very nicely done! - the price is outrageous
    • Nose
      Sherry and sulfur dominate, very soft and mild, that does not match so well with the sulfur, to which I want a spicy counterpoint, sweet
    • Taste
      Mild, soft, sweet, sherry, almost no oak
    • Finish
      short to medium long, fits seamlessly on the mouth: mild, soft, sweet

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  Bladnoch is one of my favourite Lowland distilleries so for sure I have to try this new edition (but I did not buy a bottle at this price that is way too high from my point of view).

    I call this a masochistic dram, not just for the nose and taste but for the price tag too.  Sorry Bladnoch, but with these cask selections the new owner did you not a favour...
    • Nose
      75 75
      The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows a few fast legs and late sticky tears. The first impression on the nose is an unpleasant cheesy aroma that some might call brackish water or rotten eggs (hence they state sulphurous notes). This goes away after some minutes and now more herbal aromas pop up that I do not like either, unfortunately. Some sherry casks develop this profile and in the past no one bottled such casks really, but hey - it is whisky boom time and sherry cask editions sell like hell (literally)... No, the nose is not to my liking!
    • Taste
      80 80
      The taste itself is better on a strong herbal profile (camphor, eucalyptus and the like) that reminds me of bitter medicine from my childhood days. But it is drinkable, at least. Water turns the nose surprisingly more punchy and closed (very strange!) but smoothes the taste and mouthfeel. I like it that way better as the nose was anyhow unpleasant! Neat I score it 3 to 5 points lower.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The dram arrives in the mouth hot and peppery and just a little coating with significant bitter and astringent moments from heavy tannins, not my cup of mouthfeel either... The finish is medium, very sweet and peppery with again an unpleasant astringent feeling (cardboards).

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    What is going on with Bladnoch? Both the Samsara and this Adela are really not up to standard. They are too dirty, but in an unpleasant way. The little dark and sweet beauty that this spirit was given by the oloroso casks, is immediately snuffed out by sulpher and tannins, making this astringent and dry. Around 115 EUR. No, thanks.
    • Nose
      The nose is a lot more pleasant that the Samsara, with dark and sweet notes of cherries and almond cake, but again it has this edge that I am not very fond of. Some sulpher, that slowly but surely turns into baby pu… well, let’s call it baby breath in this case. It’s not so bad. But I do get distinct notes of sweaty feet. Gruyère cheese! Surely, that should not be there… Some lemon grass and oranges peel, thank the maker. But I am not convinced;
    • Taste
      The body is good, creamy and round, but the taste is immediately piquant on nutmeg and pepper, camphor and… oh, my… the dark and sweet fruit has only just reached the surface when a big bitterness kicks in from the wood tannins. Overpowering.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly long, but too bitter to be pleasant.

  4. Abadon05 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    So under 90 € would be appropriate. It already offers something, but overall it is too complex. Those who are not deterred by the smell of sulfur and cheese will certainly get a delicious dram. Too bad for the price, because the whisky is simply not enough.
    • Nose
      A certain oiliness in connection with a little bit of sulfur (for me it is also something in a cheesy direction). Then come sweet juice oranges, churches and strawberries. Very strong for me is a walnut note. Great. The sulfur disappears after a certain time
    • Taste
      Very mild with a minimal spiciness. The strawberry and walnut remain. As well as a low seasoning.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. The mildness remains. At the end a bit bitter, here you notice the wood. The sherry nuances are readily available and a dryness is spreading.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    There's little I can say about the whisky except the price, a pleasing, but rather dirty sherry bladder.
    • Nose
      the Adela has beautiful sweet sherry notes slightly fruity, slightly nutty and neat sulfur. You have to like that. I think that's good. Over time, the sulfur evaporates, the nose is very complacent, lighter aromas, vanilla, lighter fruits, black pepper come to light.
    • Taste
      surprisingly strong, peppery, tart oak, in the background Sherrynoten, some menthol. With a drop of water will remain the whole harmonious, the pepper (aroma) and the menthol.
    • Finish
      Menthol, black pepper, some sherry sweetness and a hint of root vegetables, plus some sulfur.

  6. Gous scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. JimJaws scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    PLV is insufficient. I expected a little more at this price and age.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Amsterdam scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Total production of Adela was fewer than ten thousand bottles worldwide, all made in 2017 and 2018 - . The way to tell the difference is 2017 bottles don't have the gold stripe on the label whereas 2018 bottles do.

  9. Macheye scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Alas, Bladnoch 15 year Adela is a bit of a mess. Sulphur is immediate on a nose that can’t make up its mind whether its light and floral or heavy and sweet, and the palate 100% required modification to find a balance that is not bitter and over spiced. Nevertheless, there are some nice flavours going on here – it’s just a shame that the overall composition doesn’t allow them all to work in harmony at the same time. I’ve heard that the Celebrating 200 Years version of Adela is quite the improvement over this – and I hope to provide a comparison tasting at some point. But, in the meantime, my score here is only because with dilution the palate is brought to life and many of the jarring notes are tempered. Without water I’d probably score this several points lower.

    • Nose
      Fruity…and farty. Apricots, strawberry yoghurt and honey are joined by gruyere cheese, struck match and slight musty fart aroma. Fortunately, this mostly dissipates after a little time in the glass. Then, some underlying herbalness comes to the fore – lightly floral, slightly perfume – as well as a selection of more pleasant bakery notes – flan and tarts. The addition of water had little effect for me, if anything is brought out some brackishness. A really mixed bag of a nose that is not convincing.
    • Taste
      Strong, peppery and bitter. Quite a big arrival which is fairly earthy and brings a heap of red berries, but also a lot of bitter oak. This is followed by a wall of pepperiness that is both punchy and somewhat overpowering. Water greatly improves things, just a few drops strips out the astringency and allows juicy red fruits, chocolate and raisins to shine through.
    • Finish
      Medium, quite drying and bringing more than a scattering of ground black pepper.

  10. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is very hazelnut and chocolate with fine fruity sherry tones. The flavor continues with woodiness, dried fruit, green apples, and a light bitter trait that lasts until the drying cereal ends, combined with light spice. So it's not around and around the bad, but no miracle is possible either.


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