I was recently given three Bladnoch samples, the 6yr Sherry wood, the 6yr Bourbon cask and some new spirit. (Thanks Sue!)
I have to say the new spirit was excellent, the Bourbon cask also fantastic and the sherry wood, well, it was the weakest of the three.
So if you like the sherry wood so much, please try the bourbon wood as it is even better!
I found the new spirit to be excellent, just like a grappa.
I agree that in this respect the bourbon shows similar traits to the new spirit in that it is light, very floral and obviously related to the new spirit.
The sherry one I found to be rather insignificant. It didn't have the floral traits, but neither did it exhibit much of a sherry dram.
My comment at the time was that this was probably not a first fill and it would need a good many years before it could really compete with other sherry drams on the market.
The sherry one is 56.4% and the bourbon 56.9%.
Once again, no offence meant.
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I hope you have a good tasting!
I got the 3x20cl pack (bourbon/sherry/lightly peated) - to my tastes the bourbon and lightly peated are decent enough considering their youth (and I suspect definitely worth drinking in another 6 years) but the sherry version is a cut above - seriously tasty stuff with plenty of rich fruity flavours.
I guess there may be some variation dependent on which casks your bottles came from.
Needless to say the sherry is nearly finished but the other two are relatively untouched
Malt-Teaser wrote:My first comment when I tasted the Bladnoch new spirit was "why don't they bottle it!" I found no yeast notes, just a superb floral spirit that was equal to any grappa I ever tasted and, believe me, I have tasted many and I like grappa.
I've only tasted the one grappa. I cannot recollect which one, nor indeed how it tasted, as it was a good few years ago now and I don't think I was entirely sober at the time.
However, I can definitely recollect trying Bladnoch new make - via our very own Willie - and I too remember it as being quite floral and having no yeast notes. I also recall it being very plummy, both on nose and palate. So if grappa tastes like that, I may have to give it a proper go sometime!
But yes, the Bladnoch new make is a bit of a revelation really, as I never thought that completely immature spirit could taste that good.
jmrl wrote:The Bourbon cask I have is 57.3% and really isn't in the same league as the sherry. The lightly peated (58.5%) being between the extremes. Again only my opinion. May the 20cl bottles have come from different casks?
The 20cl bottles I have are as follows:
Lightly Peated 58.5
This would suggest that they probably came from the same casks (well, the ones I have anyway, there might be others out there).
I'm not sure which is my favourite between the lightly peated and the sherry as they're both good but I'd put the bourbon in third place.
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