Whisky Review: Bladnoch Adela 15 Year Old
Category: Lowland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Bladnoch Distillery
Cost: £95.06 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
Our rich, noble and ultra smooth – Single Malt Scotch Whisky aged 15 years.
This full bodied expression has been brought together by our highly experienced distiller. Matured in Oloroso cask for a warm, sweet flavour.
Blended from a selection of Bladnoch matured in ex Oloroso Sherry butts – including both Spanish and American Oak – for a minimum of 15 years and including a number of first fill butts for a richness and depth of flavour.
Crafted using only pristine water from the River Bladnoch and locally grown barley, Bladnoch Adela is non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and bottled in the purest form.
“Adela”, meaning ‘noble’, signifies the richness and depth of flavour for our 15 year old malt matured in oloroso casks.
Bladnoch Adela Single Malt is a moreish, full-bodied expression, matured in Oloroso cask for a warm, sweet sherry flavour.
Colour: Copper gold.
Nose: Lovely rich Oloroso cherry aromas, raisins, a whiff of walnuts and toffee pudding with a hint of chocolate.
Palate: Rich, sweet and smooth sherry flavours with some dark chocolate, coffee and dried black fruit and a hint of liquorice and pepper.
Finish: Quite rich, nutty, warming, soft and long.
Filtration: Non-chill filtered. Natural colour.
What I say:
First sampled at Meet The Blenders 2016 where Ian McMillan explained their process of sampling and marrying some of the acquired stock to generate the kind of expressions they wished to make with their own spirit once available. At Meet The Blenders Ian poured us a 15 year old matured in Oloroso Sherry casks with an unusual ABV leading me to believe it was cask strength, however it may have been the self same liquid as presented here in their Adela release.
Dark copper gold with a ruby hue (12/20) slow and oily large droplets leave medium-fine legs
Buttery, fat and oily on the nose with hints of ripe red fruits, juicy plum and cherry and red apple give way to moist fruit cake and malt loaf, nutty macadamia nut, coated in milk chocolate
Rounded and full bodied, raisins resting in melted butter, fruit cake batter with more cherry and plum and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and mace, toffee and macadamia nut covered in chocolate, black pepper and liquorice root
Long, sweet dried fruit, clove and liquorice remind me of an old style sweet shop
My initial reaction to this was that this whisky was quite fatty and oily and perhaps closed because of that – I didn’t add water to my initial sample and wish that I had now! Certainly the bottled Adela release seems to be less closed and actually opens out more if you leave it to breathe. Some borderline flavours I’d shy away from if too strong (liquorice/clove) but they are well-balanced against a rich sweet fruit and some gentler nut and cocoa elements that must only have come from the Olosoro casks.
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