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.