Bladnoch Adela

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Celebrating 200 Years
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
gold stripe on the label
Added on
16 Aug 2017 7:56 am by Astrid

Average value

€ 119.38

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Whisky Reviews for Bladnoch Adela

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.03 points

  1. DerDennis! did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great part. He is different, complex, exciting, demanding .... difficult. He needs time and some water, then he gets really good. Without adding water, I had already ticked him off as "not worth buying", also because of the proud price. Now I'm coming to brooding ...

    Definitely not mainstream!
    • Nose
      sweet ... honey, malty, vanilla, sherry, an acid note ... gherkins, seasoning ... Maggi ... ginger, menthol ... which stings neat, slightly nutty and ... flowery.

      Wow, that's ... difficult. Complex, but difficult to pack. Some water makes it rounder and brings the Oloroso barrel to the surface, which previously did not really matter much
    • Taste
      sweet, peppery, woody, creamy ... soapy ... that's ... different. Mint chocolate, bitter almond, really hard to decipher. Water brings honey sweetness and ... more ... great.
    • Finish
      medium long, woody, nutty, peppermint, sherry ... very pleasant

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A few drops of water bring out the aromas more clearly. Very interesting whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first thing that comes to mind is dark mocha chocolate praline. Then dark forest honey, dark plums, rum-raisins, caramel and old wood. Herbs and menthol.
    • Taste
      88 88
      First the dark mocha chocolate praline. Espresso, dark plums, dark chocolate, raisins pickled in rum. Sherry. Plus wild herbs. Sweet, tart and floral.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Remains on the palate for a medium length. Becomes dry and tart. Dark chocolate together with oak wood remains until the end.

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  4. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, red fruit, dirty sherry, mouldy wine cellar, full of spices, hints of sulphur, not elegant, the ABV is nice, full bodied, finish is all right and sweet, candy, strange malt. I do like this one, the taste and this dirty malty note. Bought a bottle for further examination
    edit: 21.06. after some weeks in the opened bottle this one does get better.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. rb854 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, vanilla, honey, malt, a whiff of citrus, peach. The sherrynotes need some time to show, raisins, some sulphur, chocolate, cherries, cinnamon and coffee.
    • Taste
      Just like the Samsara soft and mild, but a lot darker. Coffee, dark chocolate, rich and creamy, red fruit, cherries and some raisins.
    • Finish
      Sweet dried fruits, chocolate, walnuts, becomes somewhat dry, medium length.

  6. marmeladow scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Freshly uncorked: First a complex, very idiosyncratic single malt outside of the mainstream sherry cask maturation.
    You can feel the 15 years with lots of oak spice just as clearly as the dry, nutty aromas of the Oloroso-Casks. In addition, peculiar aromas that are reminiscent of Provencal herbal mixture with a touch of peppermint, slightly bitter almonds and a hint of sourness. With the second and third sip it gets better, now also creamy, fruity sweetness with dark chocolate and nicely combined with the oak flavor.
    Then positive development with increasing oxidation in the emptying bottle over a period of 4.5 months.
    Overall, a successful mixture of aged, oak wood with pleasantly integrated spices, not intrusive sweetness (dark chocolate with raisins and nuts) and the variety of flavors of good Oloroso casks.
    However, it is no longer worth its price.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Bladnoch Adela 15yo, 46.7%.

    Consumed Aug 2021.

    Amber orange.

    Aroma suggests burnt dried orange rind and biscuits. Touch of apple. Faint nutmeg. Eggnog. The subtlest possible note of nail varnish. All pretty muted.

    Taste is spicy and compact up front, becoming milky, the middle section starts building a saltiness and the finish and linger are softly oaky. Quite a milky muddled middle to this dram. Ever so slightly vegetal in the oak character, like a very subtle spinach note. But that fades and this is primarily a clean dram, if a bit milky and gloopy to start, helped by the bite of salt and pepper in the finish.

    Becomes increasingly dry and peppery, which is nice and leads to this growing on me quite a lot. A perfectly decent dram that I would happily drink no problem but which doesn't offer enough to persuade me to buy a bottle. This is good though. 3 425/82

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Initially this for me does not fit the Lowlands profile, so let's give it some more time.
    After a while you do get some grassy notes, with pepersauce, raisins, sherry cream, red spices, gluhwein and very light milk chocolate
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good sherried Bladnoch though I like 'em better ex-bourbon for the Lowland distillery character. Too expensive for what it is, unfortunately, but imho reasonably more expensive than the 17 yo red wine cask one as the latter is not quite as good imho.

  10. DistiLesha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Impressed with this release, especially the radishes and tar, as in the old aged Bowmore releases
    Tar, it seems, is more related to smoky whisky, but here it pleasantly surprises!
    N: 20 T: 21 F: 23 B: 23
    • Nose
      radish, sherry-grain tones, prunes, sherry, a little rubber, varnish, printing, barrel pickles
    • Taste
      radish, sweetish dry, tar, cognac, varnish, printing, spices, lemon, ginger, chocolate, vanilla
    • Finish
      sweetish dry, astringent, tar, spices


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