Review: Bladnoch 9 Years Old Kippford
Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Bladnoch Distillery
Bottling: Official – Bladnoch Distillery
Cost: ~ £3-4 for 5cl Miniature
What they say:
Distilled at Bladnoch and matured for a full 9 years before bottling in May 2014. Available directly from the Distillery Shop.
What I say:
Purchased during our only visit to the Bladnoch Distillery shortly before it went into receivership. Selected for my Birth Month, this range of Miniatures were bottled each month and named after a variety of surrounding towns and villages local to the distillery along the Solway Coast & vicinity.
Refractive champagne gold (6/20), slow medium-sized tears with tapered legs
Dry straw, grassy hay, cereal barley flour, gristy, honey, gently sweet, dusty, sawdust, vanilla, zesty, grapefruit fool, melon, butter, buttercream/vanilla icing
Smooth and light (almost grainy) with the classic Bladnoch oiliness, cereal barley, toffee, caramel and butterscotch, a touch of citrus zest and popcorn, dry grass, wheat husks, less tannic new wood and sweeter than the nose suggests, very gentle fruits, melon, peach and honey
Medium, sweet, drying and zesty with a little bit of hot pepper spice and dry oak wood tannins
Quite nice for a young whisky, plenty of fat oiliness in here but very light flavoured, indicative of 1st fill bourbon but a good balance of spirit character and cask influence (50:50).
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