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Bladnoch Talia 25 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Lowlands, SCOTLAND
$599. 00
$7188.00 Dozen
ABV: 49.2%
This is the high point in three new Bladnochs to be released for 2017, which, incidentally, remains the only Scotch whisky distillery to be owned by an Australian.
Brought together using a blend of three different woods – ex Bourbon, ex Sherry and ex Whisky, before a final finishing in brand new American Oak, Master Distiller, Ian McMillan adds, "Talia retains the Bladnoch DNA because it has those grassy notes to it and some citrus and orange peel in there with a little hint of gingerbread as well. It is bottled at cask strength and is coarsely filtered so it is as near as you can get to coming straight out of the cask. It is bottled at 49.3 per cent, so again it is quite a deceptive whisky."

Tasting note: Deep gold. A slightly sharp/ acidic whiff initially, later hinting at ovaltine, lemon sponge and cheese cake. Sweet orchard fruit notes develop with extended air contact. Full bodied, building at length with delicious grain / poached pear / apple tart flavours. Finish is juicy, lipsmacking. Aftertaste perfectly counterpoints the mid palate sugars with fine tannins and a seam of vanilla and pear tart. Beautifully integrated Lowland whisky with many of the hallmarks of high-end Speyside. 49.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered. Around 600 bottles worldwide.

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