Review: Bladnoch 9 Years Old Kippford

Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bladnoch Distillery

Bottling: Official – Bladnoch Distillery

ABV: 46%

Cost: ~ £3-4 for 5cl Miniature

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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.

Colour:

Refractive champagne gold (6/20), slow medium-sized tears with tapered legs

Nose:

Dry straw, grassy hay, cereal barley flour, gristy, honey, gently sweet, dusty, sawdust, vanilla, zesty, grapefruit fool, melon, butter, buttercream/vanilla icing

Taste:

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

Finish:

Medium, sweet, drying and zesty with a little bit of hot pepper spice and dry oak wood tannins

Overall:

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).

Score: 85/100

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