Murray McDavid Bladnoch 1992 16yr

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As fans of interesting finishing techniques we were drawn to the Muray McDavid Bladnoch 1992 upon reading that it was first matured in Bourbon casks before being finished in an Amarone cask. Amarone is one of my favorite red wines because of its full-bodied, brooding, layers of flavour that slowly unfold over the life of the glass. While we applaud the attempt to capture some of the complexity of the wine this approach hasn't lived up to our expectations and, we were unanimous in our dislike of how hot and "young" this dram tastes.

Thumbnail image for bladnoch 1992.jpgNose: Red apple underpinned by doughy aromas and a hint of raspberry with very strong alcohol vapours.

Palate: Brief and focused with brown sugar sweetness, raspberry and raisin carried by a stiff heat.

Finish: Mouth-coating with sweet nutty notes, baking spice and lingering heat.

 Overall: This whisky requires a splash of water to take the edge off the surprisingly persistent heat. We at Scotch Blog were disappointed with this expression's lack of complexity, refinement and high price tag at the LCBO. At $110 CDN, there are far better 16yr old single malt whiskies on the shelves.

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Agreed, I'd take a Murray McDavid Isle of Arran 12 and keep the extra $25 for the next bottle.

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