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#31387 - 30/07/09 06:36 PM Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch
Joel1802 Offline
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Has any one tried this: The Whisky Exchange

I can't be bothered unless it is a very good bottling, generally after all his kind offers I'd prefer to give my money to Raymond. I'm also mindful that I have to give Raymond much less money for a higher strength bottling. That being said If it is very good Bladnoch I can be tempted.


Edited by Joel1802 (30/07/09 06:37 PM)

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#31390 - 31/07/09 09:08 AM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: Joel1802]
Par Offline
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The Single Malts of Scotland line of whiskies is usually offering very high quality. Although the price difference to the distillery bottlings can of course be an issue.

Have not tried this particular one, so don't really know, apart from my general feeling that the line offers serious quality.

/ Pär

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#31391 - 31/07/09 09:40 AM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: Par]
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Apologies if I'm offering another alternative but you may want to compare it, value-wise at least, to a recent release (bottled June) from Cadenheads:
http://edinburgh.wmcadenhead.com/product/1345/bladnoch-1992-17yo-55.1.html

Likewise, Cadenheads tend to offer quality bottlings.

I hear what you're saying tho about buying direct from Raymond, like I tend to do, and releases like these should let us all appreciate the value offered from the whisky web-shop here at Bladnoch.
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#31429 - 05/08/09 11:03 PM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: Leither]
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I've tried this one yesterday and I have to say I liked it more than the previous two Bladnochs that I've had. I'm not familiar enough with Bladnoch to be able to tell you whether it is really special or unique though. My tasting notes are on my blog: Bladnoch 16yo 1992 SMOS.

By the way, I don't think it's fair to compare the price of a nicely packaged bottling by an independent bottler (having a shop, doing marketing, etc.) with a basic bottling you buy directly from the distillery. Of course the latter will be cheaper... I think it will be a good thing for Bladnoch to be picked up more regularly by independent bottlers.


Edited by WhiskyNotes (05/08/09 11:04 PM)

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#31430 - 06/08/09 02:16 AM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: WhiskyNotes]
Joel1802 Offline
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Ah, but I'm not a fair person. The price of the SMOS is not bad, and yes, raising the profile of the distillery will be great for Raymond. However, I don't care about boxes, just what is on the inside. Bedsides, I'm a fan of the animal labels Bladnoch uses. For better or worse they may be my favorite whisky labels.

Thanks for the tasting notes, just what I was looking for! Sorry to ramble.

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#31431 - 06/08/09 07:12 AM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: Joel1802]
Åke Johansson Offline
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I agree, independent bottlings will most likely, if they aren´t bad that is, increase the interest in a distillery. However, I can´t see that running a small distillery, marketing its products etc would be much different from the circumstances of an independent bottler. But more important; we have not seen that "basic bottling" from Bladnoch as they all are small batch/single cask bottlings though with a more friendly price tag.

Åke

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#31433 - 06/08/09 09:38 AM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: Åke Johansson]
WhiskyNotes Offline
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Well, I can see a few differences in the way TWE and Bladnoch are working. More middle men means a higher price anyway.

Let me put it this way: for Bladnoch, small batch / single casks are just a necessity, it's the only thing they can sell for the moment (which is not a bad thing of course, it's a matter of concept). And since they're still (re)starting-up, the low prices gain interest. For the rest of the whisky world though, small batch / single cask means "premium" and in that respect, £ 45 for a 16yo single cask seems pretty fair to me (the 13yo Laphroaig costs more for instance).

I respectfully disagree with Joel about the branding of Bladnoch, but that's just personal preference.


Edited by WhiskyNotes (06/08/09 09:38 AM)

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#31437 - 06/08/09 02:43 PM Re: Single Malts of Scotland's Bladnoch [Re: WhiskyNotes]
Joel1802 Offline
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I talked to my wife last night and she agrees with my assessment of the Bladnoch branding -- and chicks know about this stuff!
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