This review is of a sample of the highly regarded Bladnoch 10 released in 2019 and now sadly no longer available. The sample was kindly provided by @Timp.
Best way I could describe this is it smells of spring! Straw, cut grass. A bready note. Some creaminess and an ever so slight hint of confectionery.
Neat - some pepper on the arrival. Quite sour. With wood sap. Dry. Oaky. The finish is long with some tannins.
It becomes sweeter on the nose with a little water. Still quite drying. A little spice appears. The finish streches out even further and the tannins come to the fore.
A very interesting malt. Quite complex. Certainly not a beginners dram. There was a lot of hype surrounding this whisky and I can see why. Although it doesn't quite live up to the expectations I had.
Impressed but not blown away.
Thanks for the review.
If you had tried the Bladnoch 10 I tried about 9-10 years ago you might have been blown away. Maybe it was my untrained palate, maybe it was the single cask, maybe it was the 55%, maybe it was the sherry, or maybe I was lured in by Ralfy's viseo visit and interview with Raymond Armstrong, but I became an instant fan.
That first bottle was the best, so far. I've had the 11 and 12 YO and a 9 YO mini, but that one was the best.
Would be nice to try some of the yoghurt king's Bladnoch, but I won't spring for a whole bittle without a taste...