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Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Bladnoch 1990 (23 year old) 57%

Bourbon Cask 3008/ Dist: Jan 1990 Btl: Feb 2013/ Tasted: Mar 2015

Aromas of dusty, mature, seeped apricot and straw with a touch of fragrant barley along with a herbal, rye-like note. The aromas darken with time as some herbal accented coffee and malt appears.

The palate opens with a touch of toffee as the oak shows more than it does on the nose. Hints of straw, apricot and some light tannins follow. Juicy honey and citrus come through on the middle adding a freshness. Lovely, mature straw-like, lightly floral (hyacinth and orange blossom) finish with the alcohol adding a piquant edge to the spices. Exits with just a touch of herbal marc and dried reeds


Mackillops Choice Bladnoch 1991 (23 year old?) 45.7%

Bourbon Cask 3004603/ Tasted: May 2014

The nose is quite honeyed and barley’d for a Bladnoch. Dusty barley and oak mingle with lime, straw and a touch of castor sugar- lovely sweet/ sour balance. Hints of fragrant apple, apricot, white fruit and dusty, sweet spice emerge. With time the mature oak comes through and the gorgeous honeyed aromas develop. Wow! Stunning stuff, and very mature Spey-like.

The palate opens with silky lime conserve, dusty barley, straw, pollen and globs of luscious, thick honey. Still quite grassy with apricot, apple and lightly oiled white fruit. Delicate, yet robust with a long castor sugar coated fruit finish. The wonderfully mature American oak finally comes through on the finish bringing with it some sweet spice notes.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bladnoch 1992 (20 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry (?)/ Code: OMC2240/ Dist: Nov 1992 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: May 2013

An earthy nose of dark honey and malt along with plenty of baked apple and dried fruit. A lovely nose with the oak becoming slightly sawdusty and reminds me of an old Glen Grant. Lightly cinnamon dusted with a light perfumed/ floral note emerging along with a slight menthol note. 

The palate is full with oodles of earthy honey and hints of dunnage but surprisingly sulphur blemished. There was no indication of that on the nose! Quite meaty with some balsamic dark macerated fruit and an almost metallic finish. It’s a shame as the nose was rather good.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bladnoch 1992 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2381/ Dist: Nov 1992 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

An intensly fresh and very lemony nose with hints of fragrant rose and apricot. Hints of honey and grass with a little mature oak. Very pleasantly mature but still retaining freshness and vitality. 

The palate shows more oak with butter and crème caramel. The spirit is a little swamped to be honest. A touch of citrus does come through on the middle along with a light grassy note but the oak bitters the finish a little. Still relatively pleasant with a light rose oil after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Bladnoch 1992 (18 year old) 50%

Sherry Finished/ Code: OMC2042/ Dist Nov 1992 Btl: Oct 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

The Brownie of Bladnoch returns! (see distillery bottlings for details) Slightly earthy with hints of damp cardboard and a distinct murky character. Some late butter and sherry spice notes appear but it’s rough, spirity and distinctly unclean. 

The palate is pleasantly spicy but it’s so murky and industrial with burnt caramel and a touch of cardboard. Invasively alcoholic and lacking in finesse and length, well no that’s not quite true it does have a finish of sorts and that was fizzy. Shall we say it’s not the greatest cask of Bladnoch I’ve ever tasted.

Speyside Distillery Private Cellar Bladnoch 14 year old 43%

Bourbon Cask/ Tasted: Sept 2008

A lovely deep and fruity nose with oodles of orange, liquorice, butter, dried grass and earth. Wonderfully fragrant, good intensity, balanced by a lovely freshness. The palate: Soft and fruity with delightful orange and apricot fruit, topped off with a touch of vanilla and grass. Like the nose it has a wonderful intensity and freshness. Intense and spicy with hints of white liquorice and a gorgeous sherberty finish. Yum!

Murray McDavid Bladnoch 1992 (16 year old) 46%

Bourbon – Amarone/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2008/ Tasted Dec 2010

A thick and unyielding nose. Hints of straw and earth try to poke their way through the sweet finishing cask. However such a delicate whisky like this doesn’t have the necessary stuffing to balance out such a heavyweight finish and thus it is practically all cask – dried winey fruit, tobacco, nettles, coffee and a touch of marzipan.

The palate is much the same as the nose; the Amarone finish holds sway with no shortage of sweet dried fruit, cranberry, coffee, chicory, spice and wood tannins. I’ll give it its dues the spirit tries hard to balance but really is on a hiding to nothing but only manages to add some spirity marc botanicals. Quite a dry, tannic finish with a slight butyric note that one often finds with Amarone finishes.

John McDougall Golden cask Bladnoch 1988 (15 year old) 56.4%

Cask 2644/ Dist: 1988 Btl: 2003/ Tasted: July 2006

John has selected a rather fantastic cask from Raymond Armstrong. Floral and delicate with a depth of citrus – orange, lemon and lime fruit with a hint of Bourbon. Smooth, fruity and earthy with a delightful soft creaminess. Water emphasises the oak and brings out straw, perfume, oriental spice, white peach notes. Superb complexity with a nice cereal sweetness overall.

John McDougall Golden cask Bladnoch 1988 (17 year old) 56,8%

Dist: 1988 Btl: 2005/ Tasted June 2006

Clean and crisp with a pronounced aromas of grassy/ earthy apricot, orange, lemon and lime fruit with lashings of delicious creamy oak. Dry, medium bodied, quite weighty for a Lowland. Smooth, creamy and fruity with a grassy/ earthy note. Very long with a soft creaminess and a hint of spice.

 A touch of water makes the palate stunning, emphasising the oak and bringing out straw, perfumed oriental spice and white peach notes.

John McDougall’s Selection Bladnoch 14 year old 55.8%

Bourbon/ Tasated: Oct 2006

A lot lighter and crisper in character, more traditional lowland. More grassy and citrusy with a delicate vanilla sweetness. The palate mirrors the nose with delightfully clean, grassy, citrus fruit. A lovely dry, spicy middle and a lovely length.  A drop of water sweetens the aromas and emphasises everything! On the palate it brings out a black peper note.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Bladnoch 1988 (13 year old) 40%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1988 Btl: 2001/ Tasted Dec 2001

An aromatic nose of summer meadows along with a soft creamy oak note and a touch of sweetness to the fruit. The palate is soft and surprisingly tart-ish with hints of grassy orange and tangerine fruit. Very smooth and long with a late suggestion of salt(?)

Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Bladnoch 1988 (12 year old) 58.8%

Sherry Casks 3151 & 3158/ Dist: Dec 1988 Btl Oct 2000

A complex nose of rich and oily sherry fruit with light honey, beeswax, spice. Only faintly grassy with a touch of citrus, vanilla and a floral top note.

Soft on the palate yet almost tartly citrus keeping the spicy sherry at bay at first but eventually allowing the dried fruit and wood spices to appear. Like the nose there is a faint grassiness on the finish, but mnainly the coffee and wood notes hold out.

A drop of water brings out more of the distillery character on the nose along with some delightful orange fruit. The palate has become oilier with a slight perfumed note developing.

Cadenheads Bladnoch 1992 (17 year old) 55.1%

Bourbon Cask/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: July 2009

A lovely nose of earth, straw and mature citrus fruit. Lovely intensity with hints of marc. Develops a candied note along with some vanillins. Water softens and emphasises the earthiness and some orange fruit emerges.

Oily and mature on the palate, dried straw, earth, citrus along with a touch of marc and a candied note. Lot’s of alcohol masks it’s potential. Water softens, sweetens and homogenises. Reasonable length. Very sweet and candied the alcohol is very intrusive and almost sears the tongue! Water lengthens but doesn’t tame the sweetness

Berry Bros Bladnoch 1990 (18 year old) 46%

Bourbon Cask 2442/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2008/ Tasted: Nov 2008

The aromas are a touch muted, showing it’s age perhaps? Its quiet oily with vanilla and a suggestion of fruit, flowers, earth and grass. Delicate hints of tropical fruit make a fleeting appearance.

The palate is a touch watery, would have bottling it as cask strength bee a better idea? To be honest it’s all a bit evanescent with some grassy citrus fruit, which does build with a mellow intensity on the mid palate. Lovely conclusion with a spicy, barley finish. Personally I feel that 15 years is where Bladnoch is à point.

Berry Bros Bladnoch 1990 (18 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2008/ Tasted July 2009

The nose is oily and fatty with lanolin, old wool fat, vanillins and an intrusive, intense dirty marc like character. There’s absolutely no fruit whatsoever! A drop of water vaguely redeems it bringing out some fruit and liquid honey. Oily and not so brusque on the palate, but like the nose there’s no fruit just dirty, decaying rose petals. Water makes it horribly candied and weak. Dreadful! The finish is raw and spirity. Some spice and cardboard. Horrid!