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Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

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 Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:30 pm

Steve I like the sound of that Rare Malts Bladnoch. Really interesting. :thumbsup:

Now on to another donation, this time from Ras Mazunga. Cheers Ras. :thumbsup:
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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 mikeymad » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:37 pm

Wow the Rare malts sounds like a good one..

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:49 pm

I'm back from morning soccer with the boys. Wow, seems like there have been some good whiskies today. Will get going here shortly.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:52 pm

Bladnoch 1992 15yo from Signatory. (Ras is this the 43% bottling from bourbon casks 734 and 735?)

Nose: Hmm, interesting. The ever present fruit is there on the nose of this one, but it is losing out to the cereal notes. Its definitely gristy, with creamy notes and hints of recently cut wood.
Palate: Oh thats also surprising. No idea why when its from bourbon wood but there was a definite initial taste of marmalade before the fresh citrus attack came in.
Finish: Lots of wood spice all over this one. Like licking marmalade of a wooden spoon. Some signs of the oak coming to the fore here.

Another very nice dram, although I think this one might have been better bottled a bit younger (and at higher strength of course).

Thanks again Ras.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:53 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:Willie, I've retried the 15 yo and I see what you mean about the malty flavour and its real presence in the finish.


I'm glad its not just me. Sometimes I think I'm imagining it when I'm writing these things. :)
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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 Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:09 pm

Night Steve. Enjoy the rest of the evening.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:10 pm

Just warming up with a little Greenore 8. :D Then onto the 3 samples of Bladnoch plus the one I just recently picked up.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:10 pm

Good night Steve. See you for the PE.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:18 pm

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

Interesting what you say about bottling earlier.

Thanks for that clarification Ras. I wonder what happened to cask 733 then.

As to the bottling earlier, it just tastes to me like the oak is a little dominant on the finish and its a significant presence on the nose too. There nothing wrong with that, but I felt that the freshness of the dram was (just) beginning to be overcome by the oak. I was surprised because it is very pale, which would make you think the cask would be less active, but it doesn't seem to be. Its still a lovely dram, but maybe it was even better before.
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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 Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:32 pm

Ok moving on to another donation. This one's from Leither. Cheers Paul. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:36 pm

Starting off (finally) with the:

Bladnoch (New Make) thanks to Willie.

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:40 pm

Time to get going with the Bladnochers. :shock:

First the Bladnoch new make.....
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:47 pm

Bladnoch 11 yo CS from G&M. Jan/Feb 1995 - June 1996. 56.8%.

Nose: Wow this is feisty. An initial hit of concentrated lemon is followed by a more mellow nuttiness and malted milk. Almond oil? Maybe a hint of lavender in there too. The amber colour suggests sherry influence and it does seem to come across in that nutty nose.
Palate: The sensation starts at the tip of the tongue and gently works backwards. Again that extreme concentrated lemon that just becomes more intense as it goes along. Wonderful.
Finish: This is a wild spicy ride, but the spice is fresh. Later there is bitter chocolate and a residual orangey tang.

This is an exciting dram that will wake you up even after a long night's dramming. A bit untamed at times, but definitely worth the ride.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:49 pm

Bladnoch New Make, glencairn, courtesy of WillieJJ...

N: apples towards the sour side, underlying barley notes
T: peppermint, more sour apples, metallic tang
F: loads of barley and husks

It really is interesting to go back to the beginnings for whisky. Nosing this new make takes me back to Scotland when Mikey and I toured all those distilleries. Can you say Spirit Room?

PS. Came back to the nose and there's a peppermint schnapps element.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:55 pm

New Make

As you might guess this is CLEAR....

As Ganga stated to me over the phone, it takes you right back to the spirit room. The Nose starts off just fresh grains and sweetness. Cereal maltyness, not to be really obvious, but it really does smell like fermented barley, with almost s slight metallic note in there.

It starts off warm on the palate (as it should from this %), with some liquorish notes and fresh cut grass, the maltyness comes back pretty strong and builds, filling the mouth (nice experience. A slight oiliness in the mouth as well.

I poured a little more just to make sure I am getting it right.

The finish is all in the mouth with a very smooth drinkability to this 'non' whisky. It is a play of spices and sweetness that it is just left to linger for a lot longer than I would think.

Overall kind of like the 'Kilchoman' NM, I could drink this stuff.

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:00 pm

Ganga wrote: Can you say Spirit Room?

Do you mean the filling store maybe?
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:03 pm

Moving forward to the second dram out of three...

Bladnoch 10yo ( 43%, Flaura & Fauna )

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:07 pm

Next,

Bladnoch Flora & Fauna, 10 yo, courtesy WillieJJ

N: vanilla, butteriness/creamy, wax, lemon herbs
P: waxy, lemons, grasses, spices
F: moderately short, with lemony grass

I find this to be quite enjoyable. Something I wouldn't mind having as a daily dram.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:10 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
Ganga wrote: Can you say Spirit Room?

Do you mean the filling store maybe?


Is this the term that they are using on the tours now? I am refering to the room in which the spirit safe is. Every time I went into that room it was filled with this very sweet fruity aroma (strong on the apples).
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:24 pm

Time for another one of Raymond's bottlings:

Bladnoch 15yo Sheep Label, sherry cask 2615, 55%.

Nose: I thought the sherry cask would make this more fruity and winey, but it hasn't. Instead its very gristy. The delivery is strange though; like cool air blowing in an open door before the malt kicks in. Now the fruit comes through. Orange oil, but countered by a hint of coffee.
Palate: Orange, grape (?), then a long lemony attack washing over the tongue followed by spices and a lovely zestiness.
Finish: More coffee. Good length. Mouth watering.

This is great stuff. Really offering a nicely balanced experience.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:25 pm

Ganga wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:
Ganga wrote: Can you say Spirit Room?

Do you mean the filling store maybe?


Is this the term that they are using on the tours now? I am refering to the room in which the spirit safe is. Every time I went into that room it was filled with this very sweet fruity aroma (strong on the apples).

Ah not the filling store then. The spirit safe is usually in the still room or still house.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:34 pm

Bladnoch 10yo ( 43%, Flaura & Fauna )

Looks nice in the glass as a nice light yellow (bright). Oh BTW I am using a small nosing glass that I got from St George. It works out pretty well for small samples.

Grains and a little mustiness comes off the nose right off the bat. Picking up a little bit of lemon and some oil in the background. Interesting, almost like a car wax.

Lightness on the palate. Very nice set of spices and light fruits on work there way across the palate. The mustiness comes back a little bit but resolves very fast. Very well balanced malt, just a wonderful nice flavoring all the way around.

It mostly finishes in the mouth. Pretty short, but resolves well.

I really liked this dram.

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:41 pm

Following Willie's lead, The Sherry Sheep.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:42 pm

Okay my last sample for the Bladnoch tasting. (thanks again to willlie)

Bladnoch 15yo Sheep Label, sherry cask 2615, 55%

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:51 pm

Bladnoch 6yo OB Bourbon matured 57.3%.

Nose: Very malty with a citrus tang. I can't get over how consistent the drams have been. Maybe its been the absence of weird finishes. Vanilla notes come through after a few seconds as the initial spiritiness goes away. Old fashioned custard powder. Custard cream biscuits.
Palate: The initial hit is a little hot, but it quickly resolves into a lovely play between the malt and the vanillins. A bit unrefined at this age, but delicious nonetheless.
Finish: A little unstable. Creates little hotspots that jump around, but ultimately the custardy vanilla wins through.

This is amazing stuff for 6yo and really promises good things for the future.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:55 pm

Bladnoch 15yo Sheep Label, sherry cask 2615, 55%, courtesy of the big guy Willie

N: oranges-orange marmalade, husked barley, little bit of chocolate and some nutiness, grapiness. Is there a little bit of mint hidden in there?
P: oranges very apparent but some lemons are pushing through with a very strong cracked barley. there is some winey notes here and there.
F: quite long, with a lingering barley soaked in lemon juice.

Lovely; a most worthy dram from our friends at Bladnoch.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:58 pm

A drop of water to the Sherry Sheep. Hmm. Nose is very mellowed. Predominantly down to a barley/lemon mix. However, the palate is much more lemony and has a peppermint in there.

Initially I thought, "No need to add water to this." But maybe I'm wrong. This was a very good whisky both ways.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:14 am

Moving on to the sherry casked 6yo:

Bladnoch 6yo OB Sherry matured 56.9%

Nose: The gristy malt is not having all its own way here. There's mixed peel there that takes it on and never quite wins but definitely keeps it busy. Light chocolate and Fino sherry.
Palate: Wow real zing from the word go. Develops into a fruit and nut chocolate bar followed by a sip of cream sherry and a mouthful of Space Dust.
Finish: The popping of the Space dust gradually subsides until there is just a warm rich chocolatey coating on the tongue. Delicious.

Like the bourbon matured dram this lacks a bit of balance, just because of its youth I think, but it has some wonderful sensations along the way and there are moments of greatness. I could play with this for ages.
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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby mikeymad » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:16 am

Bladnoch 15yo Sheep Label, sherry cask 2615, 55%.

This one looks richer in the glass than the 10yo. More of a golden tone to the color.

The first nosing comes off with some nice rich malty notes. I can sense that there are some more things in the nose, but I cannot seem to pull them apart right now. It is presented as a nice rich (almost cognac) sent.

The notes from the first taste is all around the rich sherry notes for me. Some cinnamon and spice, oranges play on the palate. Now when I nose it the different aspects seem to be a lot more clear now (oranges and spice). Grows more powerful as you continue to dram (I whish I had a a lot more).

Ganga started up some Pink Floyd 'sheep' to add to the enjoyment.

The finish resolves itself in the throat and it remains with the spices and oranges. Nice medium length. I liked this dram.

Good finisher to the Bladnoch samples.

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Re: Bladnoch Tasting - September 2008 - 7 PM

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:17 am

Ok last dram of the night for me. Let's try the peated 6yo.
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