Review: Bladnoch 25 Years Old 1990 50.65 Tutti Frutti

Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bladnoch Distillery SMWS Code 50

Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society; Cask 50.65

ABV: 52.5%

Cost: £110 from SMWS

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

What they say:

Cask No. 50.65

This was a real sweet and fruity treat of soft peaches, strawberries, in fact all types of summer fruits, a cream soda float, pink grapefruit squash and a Tutti Frutti frozen yoghurt. The taste neat reminded us of green apples, green grapes, watermelons and the refreshing sip of tonic water with a twist of lime. Water changed the aromas to kiwis, lime and strawberry flavoured cider and a mango, pineapple, banana smoothie. The taste is now very refreshing; mint leaf ice cream and a Piscine cocktail prepared with orange liqueur, lemon juice, Prosecco, strawberries, raspberries and a slice of orange.

Drinking tip: At a garden party by the pool

Just like whisky, jazz music incites a passionate response. Exploring the mysterious arrangement that makes whisky such a fine accompaniment to music, Richard Havers (Universal Music/The Jazz Labels) has matched 50.65 to Watermelon Man by Les McCann.

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Date Distilled: 26 January 1990 Age: 25 years Flavour : Juicy, oak & vanilla Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon barrel Whisky Region: Lowland

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What I say:

Yet another 1990 Bladnoch from SMWS and at much more sensible prices than Diageo would ever release these at! This cask has spent over 25 years maturing in an refill ex-bourbon barrel.

Colour:

Chardonnay gold (2/20) slow-forming medium-fine tears with fine legs

Nose:

Fresh & fruity; peach, apple, pear, becomes slightly stewed, sweet heather honey, fresh cereal and golden barley, grassy/hay, cloying, lemon, jelly beans, peach melba and fruit salad sweeties

Taste:

Mid sweet heather honey, balanced cereal barley & dry grass/wheat, lemon, citrusy and sweet, lemon curd, lemon cheesecake, apple, pear cidre, apple pie filling, gooseberry fool, pears poached in sauternes wine

Finish:

Medium-long, sweet and fruity

Overall:

Sweet and fruity? Definitely not showing its age for 25 years as this is full of orchard and citrus fruits, very little wood or tannin probably due to the use of a refill barrel.

Score: 85/100

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