Bladnoch. A brand often mentioned by Ralfy in his reviews when he talks about 'the good old days'. I saw this one coming by, Bladnoch lanched a NAS bottle a 15 yo sherry cask and a 25 yo finished on new oak or port pipes. I'm not interested in the NAS, the 25 yo is really expensive (over € 250,-) and they gave it a finish? Why are they tweaking a 25 yo? Something to hide? I don't know, anyway finished ore not, the price tag is to high, I draw the line at € 100,- a bottle. The last bottle, the 15 yo olorosso sherry cask for € 92,- (Thanks to the low British Pound). Yes, this one seems to fit me, I think this expression resembles the old Bladnoch's Ralfy is talking about most.
ABV 46,7% un-chillfiltered en uncoloured. Bottled 26-04-2017.
Nose: Creme brulée, big basket of red fruits (wow), decent whif of alcohol, old leather couch, raisins, creamy, pinot gris, butterscotch, baked apples, cinnamon. I could nose this all day long.........
Taste: Spiced strawberries, raisins, custard, cherries, cranberries, oak, creamy, leather, vague tones of mint, wallnuts, really well balanced. Takes the 46,7% ABV really well.
Finish: More of the same, red fruit, oak, leather, raisins, long warming after-burn. Lovely!
I really like this Bladnoch, the € 92,- price tag is acceptable for the quality you get in this Bladnoch. I'm looking forward to the new bottles they are going to produce (with age statement please?), hoping they can maintain the high standard.