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I've been waiting for this for ages. A few months ago I ordered it online and it shipped to my friend in the US. A couple of months ago he brought it over, and we FINALLY got to sit down to a dram over Skype with two identical bottles from the same cask.
I haven't had a dram of Bladnoch in close to half a year. This is the 11 year old, probably distilled around the same time as the 10 year old I reviewed. It isn't the same. Each bottling will have variation as each is a single cask bottling. So even 2 10 year olds might taste different.
I'm happy to say that despite cask variation and an extra year of aging that the quality is still there. A little lighter than I remember (both in the nose and the palate), and perhaps a little less rich in the mouthfeel. But it remains a very good dram
I should note that Bladnoch uses NO CARAMEL and does not chill-filter. And the cask strength of these expressions are in the high 50s%, so at 55% what you taste is pretty much what it is.
Congratulations again Mr. Armstrong. My friend has recently received your 12 year old from my order. However, at the rate I drink and the rate of inflation I fear i may not be able to keep up.... for now I'm creating 2 collections: bottles to drink and one bottle of each year to save for a wonderful vertical tasting (after which we'll be horizontal) way in the future.