In the southernmost region of Scotland you’ll find Bladnoch Distillery, which has been in the whisky game for quite some time to say the least. Just how you long you ask? Try 200 years. However, in spite of churning out an exceptional product time and time again, the distinguished label was recently on the brink of going under. Saving Bladnoch from extinction was Australia’s own David Prior–a successful yoghurt magnate–who bought the distillery in 2015. Now, the brand is back, better than ever, and ready to celebrate past and future alike with the unveiling of a special Bicentennial Release.
Limited to a mere 200 bottles, the Bladnoch Bicentennial Release was made using two particularly remarkable casks of whisky that go all the way back to 1988. After being matured in Oloroso Sherry casks, the malt then spent an additional 18 months in Moscatel casks. The result is 29-year old Scotch whisky that’s rife with golden colour, flowery aromas and rich, layered taste. From the body, expect dense notes of sherry, dark chocolate, oak and citrus, following by a resoundingly smooth finish.
According to Blandoch Master Distiller Ian Macmillan, the new Bicentennial Release is “best enjoyed, shared, and savoured, with friends and family.” Of course, given the expression’s price tag of $8,800 AUD per bottle, we certainly wouldn’t hold it against you if you kept every last drop for yourself. And for those who can’t score a bottle, be sure to check out the rest of Bladnoch’s range–your palate will be happy you did.