Scotch Whisky Review: Bladnoch Palo Cortado Single Cask

This delivered exactly what I love about Palo Cortado, a perfect pairing for this lovely Lowlands Bladnoch. My only complaint is the cask overpowers the distillery characteristic a bit more than regular bourbon/sherry releases.

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Bladnoch 2005 16 Yr Palo Cortado Cask / 51.4%

Tasted neat

This Bladnoch was distilled in October 2005 and bottled in May 2021, matured in Palo Cortado hogshead #1022 and bottled at cask strength. Mine is #97 of 330 bottles, and I’m very excited about this, because I’ve been on a bit of a Palo Cortado kick and it’s currently my favourite kind of sherry cask.

  • Color: russet (1.3)
  • Nose: burnt sugar, grape must, cornbread, vanilla, and rosewater
  • Taste: rich double-chocolate cake, dry red wine, molasses, orange, and orchids
  • Finish: long, thick syrup, cardamon, and more honey

This is pretty close to end-game for me; it’s fantastically thick, rich in flavour, with a huge finish. It’s definitely for those with a sweet tooth, if you’re craving something light and clean, this won’t do. If you think Palo Cortado has a bit of magic, a little mold underneath the marble, this is for you.

Rating: 96/100



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