The Master #3: Bladnoch 1990, 28 Years Old HNWS / Wemyss Malts

About

Lowland whisky has a certain reputation as being ‘breakfast whisky’ or ‘beginner’s whisky’, which it is intended to mean that it is light, inoffensive and unchallenging.

Nothing wrong with lighter whisky, although the Lowlands are also home to delightful expressive and complex whisky, like this fine drop.

Bladnoch, a distillery built in 1817 in Wigtown in the South West of Scotland, continued until 1905 where it was a victim of poor economic conditions for whisky.

Even though in 1983 it found its way into the hands of Diageo, it was officially decommissioned in 1993.

Against all odds it was brought back to life in 1999, yet closed again only 10 years later. In 2014 it was put up for sale and purchased by David Prior, an entrepreneur who later recruited the former Master Distiller of Macallan, Dr. Nick Savage.

Wemyss Malts is a Scottish family- run company, who bottled this rarity on behalf of HNWS, an independent bottler from Taiwan.

Guidance

Tasting notes are a guideline only. Everyone responds to the flavours in a whisky in different ways, so you may describe it differently.

Palate

Oily texture takes away the heat of the high ABV, allowing the dried fruit notes to develop into vanilla cream and a hint of salt.

Nose

Plum powder, floral, dried mango and apricots, vanilla, caramel, dried tea leaves, and beeswax.

Finish

Long finish of dried mangoes, apricots, ripe bananas and a hint of jackfruits. Develops to tea leaves, oak, mint, with a hint of waxiness.