This Bladnoch has spent almost as long in the bottle than it has on the cask. It’s an older release in the Old Malt Cask series when the label was still part of Douglas Laing’s portfolio. This Lowlander, bottled at 50%, was distilled in the year that Star Wars hit the silver screen. Just sayin…
Fan-tas-tic nose on white and yellow fruit, but with that typical creaminess of old school Bladnoch. Think caramel paste, crushed banana, baby breath and a fresh slice of lime. Gooseberries and green grapes. White bread drenched in orange juice (What? Yup!). Very seductive.
Nicely waxy on the palate and at perfect drinking strength. No OBE, but all the more quinine, banana peel, lime juice, a pinch of salt, some white pepper and fresh ginger. Midpalate is all about agrum and makes me smile. Very accessible and simply delicious. If you love fresh yet old school, you’re gonna be over the moon with this one.
The finish is medium long, fresh and lively with the emphasis on citrus and white pepper. At the death a slight metallic note appears, but it lifts the malt even higher.
What a ride! This is without question one of the best Bladnoch I have tried so far.