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Bladnoch 16 Year Old 1992 SMWS 50.39 Scrumptious cockles

No Sea Fruits

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

2nd May 2021


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Bladnoch is another one of those distilleries that does not appear on my scope very often, but a while ago I got this sample of a 16 years old from 1992, bottled in 2009, but my buddy Manny. It’s a Scotch Malt Whisky Society release, named ‘Scrumptious cockles’. I wonder how this will manifest itself in this Lowland whisky.

Fresh, grassy and heavily perfume-y nose. A fresh bouquet of flowers next to a basket of overripe strawberries. Off to a good start. After some hand warmth I also get some notes of chalk, sugared lemon peel, vanilla and fresh coconut. Hint of buttermilk. Spring in your glass.

Wonderfully fresh and sweet on the palate, with a good oily body. This is very pleasant. Lots of vanilla up front, followed by white fruit and strawberries and then a truckload of lemon juice. Pineapple cubes. A bit spicy on white pepper and some aniseed. But no sea fruits as far as I can taste.

The finish is nicely long, sweet and sour on fresh citrusy notes.

This was good, but I cannot for the life of me imagine where the tasting panel came up with the title for this Bladnoch. Go figure.

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