This is a 26 year Bladnoch matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 48.5% ABV.
Nose: Flowery malt with cinnamon dusted graham crackers, beeswax and honey with some oats and underlying anise. Fairly strong pear and peach notes show up after a few minutes.
Palate: Pears and peaches leading off with spiced oak, grassy and almost farmy malt with some wax and pepper notes supporting.
Finish: Mostly oak lingering with hints of mascarpone and mango.
Rating: 90/100 – One of the better Bladnochs I’ve tried – very complex nose really helps this one shine.
Value for the money: I got this for around $160 delivered from an EU site, and I think that’s a very fair price.