This first whisky in yesterday’s “Spring Whisky Tasting” at De Whiskykoning was the Bladnoch 20. A rather good start to just about any tasting to start with some 20 year old stuff.
Bladnoch is a bit of a strange distillery which produces barely any whisky compared to the big boys. In a recent article by David Driscoll I read that they haven’t been producing anything at all for the last three years because of some familial infighting. I haven’t been able to confirm this but I guess it is true, since he’s been to the distillery last week.
Anyway, let’s get cracking.
Malty and dusty with grass and fresh apples. I also get dry twigs and nutmeg. The alcohol is rather apparent even though it’s bottled at 46%. There’s quite a bit of spirit influence still here after 20 years in oak. I guess it wasn’t made up of many fresh fill bourbon casks. After about half an hour it starts to get more vanilla and fudge notes before breaking apart.
Rather peppery and lots of malt again. Very grassy with grass, hay and barley. Fairly dry with quite a bit of bitter woodiness.
The finish is back to the maltiness again, and grass, and refill oak, and apples. So actually, it’s not very surprising and very consistent.
Conclusion: It’s a nice whisky and for a 20 year old OB at € 65 it’s kind of a steal. It is not a whisky that’s going to change anything though. So, nice but not great. Which is kind of typical of Bladnoch if you ask me. There have been some rather kick-ass ones but those are mostly single casks from other bottlers.
Bladnoch 20, 46%, OB, available at De Whiskykoning at € 65.