Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, Bladnoch 1993 (700ml)
Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice, Bladnoch 1993
COLOUR Pale Gold.
BODY Light to medium.
FINISH Medium to long.
CASK TYPE Refill Sherry Hogsheads.
STYLE Delicate Lowland malt.
AROMA WITHOUT WATER Fresh mint and tropical fruit aromas with a subtle malty note. A floral edge develops with a trace of walnuts.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER Black cracked pepper initially with peach and kiwi flavours. A sweet fudge edge lingers.
AROMA WITH WATER Floral with hints of rose petals and parma violets. A slight malty edge with a hint of spearmint.
TASTE WITH WATER Dark chocolate with blueberries and rose water. A subtle hazelnut edge develops.
The most southerly of all the distilleries is Bladnoch. The distillery was founded in 1817 and changed hands many times during the 20th century. It was closed from 1938-1956 during which time the distilling equipment was removed and shipped to Sweden. It was later owned by Inver House (1973-1983), who sold it to Arthur Bell & Sons PLC, who were subsequently taken over by United Distillers. The distillery was closed in 1993. In 1994 Raymond Armstrong purchased the distillery and opened a visitors' centre. In 2000, production recommenced. Although the distillery does not triple distil, it does produce a typical Lowland style of malt whisky.