Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sipping sherry in the potting shed
Stated Age
26 years old
1st Fill Charred Ex-Red Wine Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Apr 2017 1:16 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159,29

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch 1990 SMWS 50.92

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautiful complex and dense, needs enough life and some water - the ripe old age is clearly noticeable - the orange is omnipresent
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dominant bitter orange, tangerine, kumquat, physalis, maple syrup, dark forest honey, resin, gingerbread spice
    • Taste
      89 89
      Orange peel, fruit bread with lemon and orange peel and apricots, creamy and mild mouthfeel, only a little wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      fruity, rather long - surprisingly little oak for a 26-year-old

  2. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An excellent summer mole, light, saturated, as if absorbed in a summer sunny day, transparent, airy, perfectly balanced, warm, very open with all the depth and complexity.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dried boards, lemon confiture, mineral notes - dusty stones, brickwork; orange peel, orange juice with mineral water, creamy confectionery tones, wildflowers, vanilla, green grass, honey, wax, polish for furniture.
    • Taste
      Soft, saturated, oily, sweet-woody - tart oak, citrus confiture, white pepper, in development becomes more sweet, nut and cream tones appear.
    • Finish
      Soft, spicy, warming, ginger, pepper, honey, citrus fruits, a little tropical fruits - mango, pineapple; dusty raisins, light oak stiffness, herbal shades.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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-

  5. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    Like drinking a chilled glass of oloroso sherry amongst terracotta pots filled with clean earth and fresh herbs whilst from outside the sweet smell of orange blossom wafted in through the open door. The palate was viscous and coated the mouth with chewy warm toffee, orange oil and full fat milk. Then a pleasing spice developed like rye whisky that mingled seamlessly with the sweetness of ripe red fruits. The complex nature expanded into dried porcini mushrooms, peppermint, coconut and the fruity character of white wine from Provence. After 26 years in an ex-bourbon barrel it was transferred to a 1st fill charred ex-red wine hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

    DRINKING TIP: To compliment the perfect day in the garden.


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