N: Potent nose on thick mash, putty and beer, some floral notes, hessian sack, brown coconut flesh with husk, fruity toffee,.... and back to the mash for another round. I've been resisting SMWS's suggested orange blossom note but everytime i come back to it, there’s definitely an orange note - similar to the orange in Balblair’s 1983 vintage though that’s more a chocolate orange. This Bladnoch carries an orange aromatic closer to wheatgerm oil with a drop or two of orange essentials.
T: Curious, creeping arrival, sweet-medicinal, sweet putty-mash with a garage/garden [chemical/agricultural] note and plenty of peppery & cinnamon heat spice……. Meanders around,….. Adding water is a case of swings and roundabouts. There’s a hint of soapiness into the finish that develops - is that what the finish was hiding, or was the ex-red wine hogshead there to add more Lowland variety?
F: Hot fresh in the centre & edges of the tongue. Finally concludes with a chocolate liqueur, mild-sweet oaked putty and a very slight soapy spirit finish - something i’ve encountered with Bladnoch more than once.
C: A good whisky distilled by United Distiller’s four years before the Raymond Armstrong ownership, and in many ways very representative of the distillery given it’s alternative & characterful Lowland leanings. I think lots of us wanted to want to buy this but it wasn’t loveable enough - more an academic joyfulness for the curious mind. Blog.
Scores a B-