Bladnoch 19 Year Old PX Sherry Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Former Macallan Master Distiller, Dr Nick Savage replaced Ian Macmillan at Bladnoch in 2019, which may go some way to explaining the style of this release. There's a delicacy and lightness to Bladnoch that could easily be overpowered by sherry - especially PX. Not so here where a fine balance between biscuity malt, sweet sherry and oak is achieved on the nose. The palate starts out deceptively light, but builds in a pleasing wave of crisp malt over a background of roasted nuts and vanilla. It finishes dry, with burgeoning pepper followed by hints of cinnamon apple and more distinctive PX notes (think dates and fruit cake). Sherry and malt are in harmony. 46.7% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered. 2021 release tasted.