Bladnoch Samsara 46.7% (Blind tasted).

bladnoch samsara
blind tasting consortium 18

Tasted during the Blind Tasting Consortium’s 18th session on 5-2-22, in which Damian – @newdramrising picked the bottles.


We have a mid gold couloured dram here , with a nice thick swirl line and slow medium thick legs.


First off there’s a touch of hot mashed potato here, followed by toasted tea cakes, dried apricots, vanilla crown pastries, and a very faint eucalyptus aroma. More time and I’m getting wood wax/oil, linseed, and seared pineapple chunks.


Initially it’s a nice mix of white pepper spice, greengages, green grapes, and after while a touch of red apple skin and cranberries. Eventually it develops into dark chocolate orange, mocha, pomello, and cloves even.


Medium in length, and it’s nice and warming, and becomes black pepper, chilli powder, hot chocolate powder, figs, and black cherries, with some drying towards the end, quite the chameleon dram for me.

My thoughts

I rather enjoyed this dram, i gave it a 3 out of 5 on the evening, but many didn’t think much to it. I enjoyed the aromas and flavours, it offered me plenty to enjoy, and it does develop very nicely, but for £80 it doesn’t come cheap, and at 46.7% ABV i’m on the fence as to whether i’d buy a bottle.

This whisky is natural in colour and non chill filtered.

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