SMWS 50.103 Funky nuts and a glass of wine

Posted 08 November 2018 / In Bladnoch
The Dramble reviews SMWS 50.103 Funky nuts and a glass of wine

Bottle Name: 50.103 Funky nuts and a glass of wine

ABV: 57.7%
Distillery: Bladnoch
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Lowlands

The second SMWS Bladnoch of this year and another well-aged example. 28 years in a 2nd fill bourbon barrel. Old & dignified profile.

Nose: A complex integration of stone fruits (apricots and peaches) and earthiness (bracken and moss) with oaty cereals, underripe bananas, gooseberries and white wine. There’s a prevalent oiliness that runs throughout – sunflower and olive oils. Water adds some more typical lowland aromas – cut grasses and hay along with biscuits and peppermint.

Taste: The complexity continues with Turkish Delight, lavender, grasses and reeds sitting with poached pears, red berries and coconut oil. The mid-palate is more creamy with both milk chocolate and well buttered digestive biscuits. This fades into a spicier back-palate that delivers ginger and a touch of menthol. Dilution adds a wonderful sense of juiciness –plenty of tinned fruits.

Finish: Long, and surprisingly waxy (at this stage) with green apples, mangos and wet lawn.

Straight out of the glass, this Bladnoch is firing on all cylinders – with just a touch of water, it's elevated even further. Excellent pronounced fruitiness, alongside elegant and well-integrated butteriness and spice. My pick of the month.

 

Score: 89/100


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