A Dram A Day – Day 31!
Well, 31 reviews in just over two months. Not a great accomplishment – I certainly failed in the original plan – but it has been fun nonetheless. I will continue to do the odd review here and there, under the title ‘Dram of the Day’, but that’s the end of this series.
Today I’m ending with a Bladnoch forum bottling. For those of you who don’t know, the Bladnoch distillery in Wigtown has become something of an independent bottler too, usually offering pretty old single cask whiskies at pretty cheap prices for members of the forum. All you need to do is sign up and away you go. This one is a Teaninich 27yo and is at 49.2%. Many thanks to Andy Bell of McTear’s for the loan of the bottle.
Colour: A golden amber.
Nose: Initially there’s some vanilla and soft citrus, lemon meringue pie perhaps. Something of the farmyard comes through after – old hay in a barn – and something a little chemical or spirity.
Palate: Vanilla, spices and candied orange. Creamy, oily and a touch peppery. A little bit fiery.
Finish: Quite harsh and a touch fiery at first but softens down eventually into a sweet and bitter, fruity, chocolate melting pot.
Conclusion: Not a bad dram, certainly for the money, but I expect more from something this age. Having tried a few of these bottlings recently, and only finding one or two I would consider worth buying, my thoughts start to wander towards why this could be and a possible relation to the prices being charged. Perhaps you do indeed get what you pay for but in any case this is one of the better ones, despite not being as complex as I would have hoped. I would also recommend the Dailuaine 26yo (cask 4316) if you like your sherry monsters.