Bladnoch 17 year old ‘The Christmas Bottling 2009’ 46%
The nose opens with a very odd aroma that I can only really describe as nettles and pond weed soaked in turpentine. It passes relatively quickly and is not as unpleasant as it sounds. Crisp barley and robust fruit follow as does the vanilla oak and a late orange note.
The palate is soft and honeyed, opening with the milky-vanilla crème caramel oak flavours before the apricot/ fleshy yellow fruit, wood spices and earth arrive. However the flavours are really all on the front palate and once the alcohol (albeit soft) hits the tongue there is not much in the way of returning fruit apart from the herbal/ grass notes.
Tasting Notes supplied by Chris
Label painting by Kevin
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