Origin: Lowlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Californian Red Wine
Added coloring: No
Owner: David Prior
Average price: € 105.00
Official website: www.bladnoch.com
Limited edition of 6,000 bottles to celebrate the distillery’s bicentenary, made from ex-Bourbon casks filled in 2001 then split between two casks that had contained Californian red wine, one in March 2016 and one in January 2017, then brought together in 2019 to create this bottling.
This version is already sold out and therefore difficult to find (at least in our country), so it’s likely to be available on some online auction sites at a higher price than the list price shown here.
Amber in the glass.
Wine influences on the nose, not particularly pungent, with notes of wild strawberry, ripe apricots, candied orange, vanilla and caramel. Slight spicy tones of nutmeg and cinnamon with herbaceous influences in the background. Over time it tends to become a little elusive, opaque.
Dry entrance with bitter touches on the palate, spicy sting (pepper and cinnamon) on wild berries, black cherries, hazelnuts, liquorice, dry wood. At times an earthy, humid note of wet leaves emerges. Spices and bitter influences prevail on the length.
The finish is quite long and very dry, with spices, wood and red fruits.
Unbalanced and at times dull, it never seems to find the balance between the flavours, ending up flattening out on the vinous profile that eats away at the distillate, covering the personality of the whisky and leaving, literally, a bitter taste in the mouth.
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