This is getting kind of fun!
I've got six more lined up for the next month to reveal so just knowing what's coming up down the pipeline is making me go crazy. It's like knowing a wonderfully exciting secret and not being able to tell anyone! In any case, here's the newest addition to our Scotland treasure hunt booty.
1992 Bladnoch K&L Exclusive 18 Year Old Chieftain's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ARRIVAL $79.99 (retail to be $89.99) - As soon as we got off our red-eye flight to Edinburgh, David OG and I headed straight over the Chieftain's head office for some barrel tasting. Even with our sleep-deprived palates we both straightened up after tasting this single barrel Lowland whisky from Bladnoch. There aren't too many distilleries left today in the southern part of Scotland, but it's still considered a whisky-making region. Along with Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie, Bladnoch is one of the remaining survivors still making the light and fruity Lowland style of single malt, but it has been unavailable in the U.S. While the former two distilleries tend to be simple and straight-forward in their flavor profile, Bladnoch is expressive and alive in a way that most single malts are not. The nose is instantly perfumy with flowers and a waxy note that reminds me of a Crayola crayon box. The first sip is all jelly beans and citrus with sweet vanilla permeating the core. It finishes in a flurry of complexity that makes one instantly reach for more in hope of deciphering these flavors, but the malt is so intense that it proves difficult. We enjoyed this Bladnoch so much that we carried it in a pocket flask for the entire rest of the trip. It became our personal drink of choice when we finished each day because it was so fun and easy to drink. For a whisky this good, as well as 18 years old, the price is stunningly inexpensive.