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16 Aug 2012

Bladnoch 1991 (Whiskyman & The Bonding Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bladnoch

This Bladnoch 1991 was selected by shop owner Jeroen Moernaut and a group of 20 whisky lovers, to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of The Bonding Dram. It’s bottled in the Classic Label series by The Whiskyman, this time with a little back label that mentions the names of all the people responsible for picking this cask.

 

Bladnoch 1991 The Whiskyman & The Bonding DramBladnoch 21 yo 1991
(52,9%, The Whiskyman for The Bonding Dram, bourbon barrel, 118 btl.)

Nose: very clean with a grainy core. Soaked malted barley. A little yeast and agave. Juniper berries. Fresh butter. Sweeter notes as well, like lemonade, sweet porridge and touches of light heather honey. Almonds. A nice nose that’s compact but not too sharp and grassy, which is always my fear when trying Bladnoch. Mouth: even more to my liking, with a clear fruitiness now (grapefruit, pineapple, lemon candy). Grows rounder with marzipan and vanilla fudge. A growing herbal bitterness of oak and liquorice. Finish: medium long, balancing between grapefruit, lemon zest and vanilla sugar.

A very clean Bladnoch that shows the typical grainy / lemony profile without becoming too sharp. Priced € 85. Head over to The Bonding Dram to reserve a bottle.

Score: 86/100

Bladnoch 1991 (Whiskyman & The Bonding Dram) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-16
  • Mark Dermul

    A wonderful Bladnoch indeed. It was an honour to be part of the selection process. However, this was the second whisky we selected. There is another, also bottled for TBD’s 5th anniversary, coming soon. Both were such good whiskies that we couldn’t choose and hence Jeroen decided to bottle both. Great choice!

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