Bladnoch Adela

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

Average value

€ 121.70

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72 × member ratings

80 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch Adela

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.86 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. 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.

  3. 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).

  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. Thermidor scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    If the 14yo is rubbery, then this is more a stereotypical raisin-smelling contemporary sherry.
    • Nose
      Slightly farmy, meaty and spicy, with lots of raisins. More spirity than then 14yo is.
    • Taste
      Rum chocolates and raisins, with a subdued spicy side. Blackpepper and black cardamom, and some dessert cakes in the tail. Some clear ethanol.
    • Finish
      Raisins, mostly.

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose is pretty rich compared to the body, which is a little pale. In finish it recovers a bit. Some red fruits, surprisingly smooth.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, red fruits, berries. Also some hints of sulphur. Later on alcohol comes in, with some ripe fruits, and rhubarb.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Very smooth and soft, only a little tingling on the tongue. Initially a bit pale in taste, some honey, a bit of red fruits.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Still smooth, some red fruits, berries, plums. Some honey, middle long finish.

  9. Willum scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  10. yfalkov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Must breathe a while. Very sherry, sulphuric, leather, dried fruits, later - some flowers
    • Taste
      86 86
      Bit sharp and lacks balance, overall quite good. Sherry, spicy, sweet
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweet and spicy, very long


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