Bladnoch Samsara Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
“Samsara”, meaning ‘rebirth’ represents Bladnoch's inaugural release since new ownership. Aged for a minimum of 8 years, this was matured in first fill ex Bourbon casks and first fill ex Californian Red Wine casks – both American Oak. Light amber-gold, sweet opening aromas of gobstopper and vanilla are followed by fresher notes of lemon mousse / lemon butter, stewed pear and muesli. An easy entry builds to a medium-weight dram with appealing fruit slice flavours, threads of sweet smoke and gentle spice. The finish accents vanilla malt and dunked tea biscuit. Moreish everyday drinking whisky with good body. 46.7% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
Other reviews... Initially slightly savory on the nose, then peaches and cream, and soft spices. The palate is supple and sweet, with vanilla, mango, and passion fruit. The finish is long, with spicy pears. Drier spices emerge and ultimately, light tannins. The red wine influence is greatly enhanced by the addition of a few drops of water. 86 points - Gavin Smith (Winter 2016) www.whiskyadvocate.com
SILVER MEDAL, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017