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Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:03 pm

Bladnoch, Yipppeee! I'm ready. Contrary to my original plan to dram later this evening, I'll be starting early.

Putting together my lineup of samples now. :D :D :D
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:46 pm

I'll get my samples ready right away... :D

Sherrysheep cask 2615 55%, only 1cl, thanks Willie
Bladnoch tiny miniature bottle, nas, ?%
Signatory vintage 1992 15yo casks 731+32 43%
ob 15, ncf 46%, thanks C57
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:55 pm

Bladnoch 10yo ( 43%, Flaura & Fauna )

Glass: SMWS glass
Nose: Citrus fruits, a bit of spice, some wood.
Palate: Light with malt, butter, some salt.
Finish: Medium to long finish with some spice, and more wood coming through.

A very nice dram indeed! I really like this stuff!! :D :D

Many thanks to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:58 pm

Cheers Nick & Ras!! :D :D

I tried using a URL like Matt sets up for us in other tastings, so we could use the other format. But when I did it took me to the Mortlach Live Tasting thread. Oh well.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:03 pm

The miniature is first, no info on the bottle other than Bladnoch.
Too little to taste, it's only 0.1 cl.
n: remind me of pet food, mixed grains we give to rabbits. Could be interesting but it is too little.
t:a bit like the nose with something extra...
f: ...
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:10 pm

Bladnoch 15yo ( 46%, Original Bottling )

Glass: SMWS glass
Nose: Dry wine and citrus fruits, and a hint of grass.
Palate: Sweet sugars, more fruits, wood.
Finish: Medium finish, dry with more wood.

This is another very tasty dram. Excellent! :D

Many thanks to Nick (C57) for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:11 pm

All this wonderful Bladnoch sure makes me want to kick myself for not jumping in on the cask purchase. :headbang: :headbang:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby shoganai » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:20 pm

I really thought I had two Bladnoch samples laying around, but I can only find one. I guess I "sampled" the other one* earlier this year. In any case, I'll be revisiting a 15YO John MacDougall selection. Cask 3512, bottle 145 of 198.



*A nice 16YO Scott's Selection, which appears to be gone.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:22 pm

Bladnoch ( 55%, Original Bottling, Sherry Sheep Cask # 2615 )

Glass: SMWS glass
Nose: The sherry cask makes its presence known on the nose. Some apples, spices, even a bit of toffee.
Palate: Sweet and wonderful! Mix of flowers, some wood and a range of spices
Finish: Oh so nice...very full and long, a bit dry as well. The spices and floral notes from the palate still linger

Excellent cask selection and bottling here!

Thank you Willie for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:30 pm

I agree Ryan, the Sherrysheep is very nice. Unfortunately I finished the last drop before I could write some notes. :dead:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:42 pm

Bladnoch 6yo ( 57.3%, Original Bottling, Bourbon Cask )

Glass: SMWS glass
Nose: Light and fresh. Some floral notes.
Palate: Oooooh, really sweet and tasty! Vanilla cream, also some spices with a hint of oak.
Finish: Very nice, long, and really good. Tons of sweet vanilla lingers.

If this is what you all have to look forward to with your bourbon cask, lookout! Extremely tasty, and much, much better than I ever could have imagined this would be at 6yo. :shock: :shock: :shock:

Many thanks to Jobi for this sample!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:43 pm

I could easily live with a bourbon cask Bladdie all day long!!!! :D :D :D

Kicking myself again for not taking a share in the cask...... :headbang:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:49 pm

Evening all. I'll be joining shortly. Thanks to C57 for the 15 yo Bladnoch and the Port Ellen, much appreciated.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:52 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:Evening all. I'll be joining shortly. Thanks to C57 for the 15 yo Bladnoch and the Port Ellen, much appreciated.


Looking forward to the notes DFI! I'll be around for a few, but I'll have to step out at some point. Keep it going! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:58 pm

Cheers Everyone, have a great evening. Looks like it's time for me to go. I'll be back later to do a re-taste on a couple of these and to read the notes!! :D :D :D
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:06 pm

Looks like you guys are well into it. It's just past 1:30 here, I should go and see if the Bladnoch is open... then well, hopefully it's open.

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Signatory 8th March 1990
Casks no 1060-1062
Bottle no 520 of 789
12 yo 43% abv
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:23 pm

Signatory 8th March 1990
Casks no 1060-1062
Bottle no 520 of 789
12 yo 43% abv
Colour; A very pale golden hue in the bottle even paler in the glass.
Nose: As soon as I opened the bottle the air was redolent with wonderful odours, almost like strawberries. Nosing the glass, there is a fruity note along with a hint of grassyness. A sweetness I liken to almonds and a hint of grain is there.
Palate:Sweetness at the initial taste, then the grassiness comes on board, followed by sherry notes and a warmth and gentle spice notes like a cinnamon heart but much milder.
Finish: Sweetness at the start then near the end a bit of spiciness comes to the fore, causing the centre of the tongue to salivate while the lips tingle from the initial dram.
Comments: Now this is a Lowland that I could fall in love with all over again. Initially purchased in March 1, 2005 for $95.00 at the local LCBO. Should've picked up the second one.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:32 pm

Enjoy the wedding Nick and raise a dram or two for us while you're at it.

I'll be BBQ'g steaks this evening as you are winding down, A'Bunadh in hand to toast the happy couple with.

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:56 pm

Evening All (once again). Have a good night Nick. I'm having internet connection problems but here goes - my notes (unbiased as usual) on the 10 yo F&F

Glencairn glass

Nose Fresh, lemon and lime and salt on my left nostril, the same and a touch of caramel on the right, pleased to meet you my bladnoch!

Taste As for the nose, incredibly fresh and a touch of sweetness/caramel as well, but it walks the line and is never one thing or the other, just both at exactly the same time, just mind bogglingly good!

Finish A continuation of the taste with a touch of dry heat like white pepper which is an unexpected sting in the tail.

Comment Just so juicy and salivating, it really gets the juices going, like the 1993 G&M Scapa I just adore this dram (may as well say what I think!). I bought 3 bottles of this and they are evaporating
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:00 pm

Encouraged by my success in posting the notes on the 10, here I go again ...(by the way I did these on Word while I was cussing at the internet connection in case you think I'm speed dramming)

Bladnoch 15yo NCF 46%
Glencairn glass

Nose Fresh, bubblegum, nail polish/paint, touch of sweetness on the top notes. Enticing.

Taste Sweet, apples, cinnamon, lemon and lime, and later on a brief hint of banana, juicy, lively, slightly hotter than the 10yo F&F

Finish Bubblegum, white pepper, apples, short to medium

Comment A lovely dram, thanks very much C57, seems to come from refill bourbon casks which enable the flavours to let rip on the tastebuds. I have had no problem having another dram of this to confirm just how good it is!
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:15 pm

Interesting notes on the 15 yo, Willie, we both like it and find different qualities in it. I'll try it again with your comments in mind.

Bladnoch 23yo Rare Malts 1977 53.6% Bottle No 1166

Nose Banana, also mango, pineapple, touch of syrup, very exotic and entirely unlike the 10 & the 15. I could nose this forever (what a surprise)

Taste Starts off closed, then give it a few seconds and ... mango, pineapple, banana, salt. Like the 26yo Duncan Taylor Dallas Dhu this is special, and one I simply must chew for a long time (another surprise)

Finish Smooth, gentle, short to medium, banana, mango etc

Comment This rewrites the book on Bladnoch for me. Quite a shock. Absolutely fantastic. Amazing depth. Total luxury. Exotic. Mouthfilling. I bought a 25ml measure of this for £7.90 at the Grill pub in Aberdeen this afternoon and it is worth every penny (possibly many times over). Yum yum.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:28 pm

Willie, I've retried the 15 yo and I see what you mean about the malty flavour and its real presence in the finish.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Jobi » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:30 pm

ryguy wrote:Kicking myself again for not taking a share in the cask...... :headbang:


Ryan, I'm sure there will be a bottle or so available to you when the time comes...
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Jobi » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:34 pm

I'm planning to join in later for a couple, but I'll have a little nip now.

Bladnoch 6yr Bourbon Barrel 57.3%

Sweet, fresh and light with some depth. So smooth. With a little spicy kick from the ABV that adds a nice dimension.


I've said it before and I'll say it again, this one makes me really look forward to 2017.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:04 pm

Nice notes Willie, I have no inspiration tonight but taste what you are able to write down.

Cask nos: 731+32
Dist: 4-3-1992 Bottled: 5-3-2007

Interesting what you say about bottling earlier.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:06 pm

Willie, I'm sure we all imagine things from time to time, not only relating to whisky and ... yes it is reassuring when someone agrees with you.

I'll be heading out shortly to join my sister at her neighbour's house for a few more drams (Highland Park 12 and Caol Ila 15 (Duncan Taylor) are on the menu along with a beer or two).

Have a good night all and I hope to be back at the PE session early October.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:30 pm

I agree with you. I notice some mushrooms in the Signatory.
This one is not so fresh as it should be. I like the 15yo ob better.
The 15yo ob shows signs of ageing too, hints of liquorice and aniseeds. But is round and has some nice vanilla with malts.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:18 am

Good night, it was a pleasure to read your posts.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby shoganai » Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:51 am

Bladnoch 15 John MacDougall Selection Cask 3512 55.8%. This is a sample that I've had sitting aside for probably close to a year. I have fond memories of the bottle.

N: Very fruity. Pineapple, grapes, more. Caramel. Some nice spirit in the background. Not as intense as I remember it, but not shy by any stretch.
P: Medium & smooth although a slight "tannicness" that feels a little out of place. Like the nose, mostly fruit. Some some dryness and/or leather in background.
F: Long enough. Fruity and a little dry.

Overall a very nice whisky, but doesn't quite live up to my memory. Could be a function of the fact that it has been sitting in a plastic sample bottle for almost a year, or the fact that a year ago 55.8% was much stronger than most of what I drank and now it's about average. Or both.

In any event, I have two more full bottles of this waiting to be opened (from different casks). Will be interesting to see how I enjoy them in the years to come.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Jobi » Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:44 am

Bladnoch 10yr F&F, many thanks to Willie.

I get a pleasant paint/clay/art class quality to the nose alng with some ripe fruit. The taset is sweet and malty. This reminds me of the only Mannachmore I've tried. Thre is a nice delicate quality to it also.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:21 am

Jobi wrote:
ryguy wrote:Kicking myself again for not taking a share in the cask...... :headbang:


Ryan, I'm sure there will be a bottle or so available to you when the time comes...


Cheers to that Jobi! Many thanks again for the sample of the 6yo Bourbon matured. Wonderful stuff!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:28 am

It seems as though Bladnoch didn't draw a big crowd. There is no question in my mind that more attention should be paid to what this distillery is doing. Wonderful stuff!!
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Jobi » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:06 am

Bladnoch Sherry Sheep

Very similar to the F&F, with the added sherry influence apparent. Something to be said for Willie's comment on the consistency among samples. I also pick up the hints of orange mentioned earlier, though I wonder if I would have if I hadn't read those comments? If a tree falls in the forest and noone is there, do you smell oranges?

A pleasant dram, but I think I prefer the others.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Jobi » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:10 am

And now where it all started, some new make.

Strong over-over-ripe fruit. The word "fermented" comes to mind, unsurprisingly. Also not a surprise, this reminds me a lot of a bottle of unaged corn whiskey I have.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Jobi » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:13 am

ryguy wrote:It seems as though Bladnoch didn't draw a big crowd.


Looking at the comments, it seems it would have been an even smaller crowd without Willie's generosity. Thanks again, sir.
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