ralfy review 813 – Bladnoch 15yo (Adela) @ 46.7%vol:



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28 Comments
  1. Reply
    Jakub k February 18, 2020 at 3:26 am

    I got this as a present back in 2017 so Im looking forward to see for myself :). But that is exactly what I felt about the packaging. 50% abv with regular cork would be far better than this …

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    MonkeyspankO February 18, 2020 at 3:26 am

    I love all this modern fancy packaging…makes it very easy to know which malts to ignore

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    Pharmacists do it over the counter February 18, 2020 at 3:27 am

    83. Called it

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    Alexander Bertallo February 18, 2020 at 3:30 am

    I avoid fancy bottles at any cost… you get what you pay for… expensive glass is not what I am looking for…

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    Николай Николов February 18, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Where I live there is only one whisky store that I know of and that carries Bladnoch. The prices are "optimistic" to put it mildly…
    They ask the equivalent of a little over 70 GBP for the 10yo.
    I can buy 2 bottles of say Benromach 10yo 100 proof for this money and I doubt that Bladnoch 10 yo is twice as good as Benromach.

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    linoleum Bonypart February 18, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

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    Bladnoch Distillery February 18, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Hi Ralfy. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the Adela as much as you did the 10 year old. To answer some of the points in your video, none of the Bladnoch Single Malts we have released have colour added, it's a statement we may add to future labels to help reassure whisky drinkers. With regards to the date of the award, in fact Adela is no longer being produced, we had only a very limited number of these barrels to start with, so this reference will disappear from shelves soon, replaced by some new expressions. The bottle you have there looks like one that was made in early 2018, so the award was more current then. Total production of Adela was fewer than ten thousand bottles worldwide, all made in 2017 and 2018 – so there should be very little variation. The way to tell the difference is 2017 bottles don't have the gold stripe on the label whereas 2018 bottles do. You might notice also that in fact we have moved away from the metal tops for younger whiskies (Such as the 10yo) and are now reserving them for older whiskies and single casks. We hope to welcome you (and your followers) at the distillery one day soon, we know you have fond memories of Bladnoch from past visits you speak about on your channel – we would like to show you what we are producing for the future and hear your thoughts.

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    Frank Booth February 18, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Damn we Scots are tight, the stereotype is so true. Which is to say, yeah, that fancy cap's pissing me off too.

  9. Reply
    D W February 18, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Hello malty mincing mix master mike

  10. Reply
    Scotchgod February 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I can tell you're really annoyed, rarely seen you with that much pressure on the boiler.

  11. Reply
    Triplecap February 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

    6:30 or so, can't agree more.

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    Al Paterson February 18, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Oh Ralfy I thought we had lost oor' poor wee Fanny! .. but looking closer we can see he is blending right into your dunnage walls .. maybe time to take him round to the wee doggie parlor for a shampoo!:-) .. My Ardbeg 10 doesn't cloud very much with a small drop of water? – Slangé

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    Sachin Kainth February 18, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Bit grumpy today Ralfy? 🙂

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    DJ Scottdog February 18, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Those seasoned sherry casks are shite , i think you need the casks to dry our on the way from spain to get the true dry fruit experience

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    sav February 18, 2020 at 5:27 am

    The Germans say that there is no coloring in Bladnoch 15.

  16. Reply
    H Wordsmythe February 18, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Ralfy, any thoughts on Oishi or other Japanese rice whiskies? There seems to be some disagreement online as to whether it's genuinely whisky, and I wondered what your opinion might be!

  17. Reply
    Brian Mundie February 18, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Hi ralfy , was wondering if your gonnae review the arran 12 james mctaggart master of distilling 11 bottling ?

  18. Reply
    Steve February 18, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Hey up old lad.. Have you tried Highland Park Dragon Legend if so what do you think ?

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    Vic February 18, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Good to hear about this, Ralfy! Anyway, Cadenhead is most likely going to discontinue Campbeltown's malt blend in their maturing cask soon! The sales of Kilkeran is too good now and they rather not use it for malt blend. Get yours soon!

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    FreekoSwaheez February 18, 2020 at 7:05 am

    "Its just a little bit over the top… and it's slightly pissing me off." HAHAHA this made my day. I always look forward to your reviews, Ralfy. Thank you, sir.

  21. Reply
    Vesbolk February 18, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Let ‘em have it!

  22. Reply
    Joel W February 18, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Dude , the light FINALLY , fuckin FINALLY came on in your brain… THE LABELS ARE LIES WRITTEN BY LAWYERS PAID FOR BY CRIMINALS !!! ALL CORPO LABELS , ALL, THEY MAY AS WELL NOT EVEN BR THERE

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    Delyan Valchev February 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Ralfy you keep mentioning Scottish mist, and I have been following you for almost 6 years now, but to be honest I never see any mistiness, haze or cloudiness in when I add water to my whiskies (and yes, most of the whiskies I buy and drink are integrity whiskies)…

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    D W February 18, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I've been leery of checking this 15 for the same reason you state (as well as the high cost – this is worse than even Mortlach) – I'd love a Bladnoch 12, 14, 15, etc, but the sherry spoils the whole appeal of a light malt. I feel the same about sherried Benrinnes, although that can work well sometimes.

    I do like the bottle's design, it stands out similarly to Cadenhead's almost Jack Daniels-looking square ones. It also appears to have won the arms race to have the thickest bottom, and feels nice in the hand, but I agree about the fussy lid, not needed, just a nice black-stained wooden one would suffice. I definitely am in favour of the overall bottle design, it's a hard to make tall bottles look novel or interesting nowadays.

    Here's hoping for more versions in the future, I'd be happy to see single-digit age statements rather than an NAS.

  25. Reply
    bish2t February 18, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Another honest review. Hats off to Bladnoch distillery for their response to this episode. It shows they care and they’re interested in customer feedback by answering some of Ralfys remarks.

  26. Reply
    sav February 18, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Bladnoch 15 is really hard to find in the US. No one near me sells it but if I drive for 90 minutes I can grab a bottle for $120. OUCH ! Pass.

  27. Reply
    Reb Mordechai February 18, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I reviewed the excellent Bladnoch 10 on my blog back in July 2019. I commented in my blog at the time that the label text was full of marketing nonsense and does not state natural colour.

    When I contacted the distillery their response (as you see here in these comments), was simply amazing. They agreed to seriously consider my suggestions for a better product including stating natural colour and giving a more accurate tasting description without the use of the dreaded word "SMOOTH" !!!!!

    I think that they really did take on-board my opinion that, far from attracting buyers, the lazy marketing rubbish they have written on the label would actually put a lot of people off!

    I am still in regular contact with them today.

    To read my review, Google : Reb Mordechai Reviews Bladnoch 10

    I personally just love the packaging and especially that mega-stopper which my 10-Year-Old came with. I have had those thin standard stoppers crumble and break on me too many times. (Laphroaig and Tomatin to name just two examples). I hope Bladnoch continue to bottle their expressions with them.

  28. Reply
    Hank LeSpank February 18, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    @ralfy, how can I contact you directly? I wanted to give you an interesting idea bout sulfur and whisky, but I cannot for the life of me find a single place to actually send you a message.

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