The second whisky in the Spring Tasting at De Whiskykoning was another Bladnoch, distilled in more or less the same period, but bottled ten years ago, at cask strength. When this came out it received a silver medal from the IWSC which was nice for Bladnoch, since they had just rebooted their operation in the Scottish Lowlands.
Very closed at first, but incredibly clean. Light and grassy, with a sharp alcohol bite and hints of vanilla and white oak.
Sharp, juicy fruit with apples and grapes. Grass, vanilla and I have the feeling I am getting coriander or coriander seeds or so.
The finish is again sharp, but has more pepper in it than I expected. The grass flavours turn towards hay and barley shoots.
Not that much to say, since it’s a very straight forward whisky with a not too large flavour profile. Since it is so clean and easy to determine what you taste it actually turns out to be a very drinkable and nice whisky.
Luckily for me, I bought a bottle of this a few years ago and had just started to drink it a few weeks ago, which means I can enjoy this one for a few months to come. And there are samples available.
Bladnoch 10, 1992-2002, 58.5% – James MacArthur’s. It used to cost somewhere around € 50 I guess.