A new expression with an eye on the past

BLADNOCH, the independent lowland distillery, is honouring its own past with the launch of a new expression.

Bladnoch Vinaya takes its name from the Sanskrit for respect and gratitude, and has been released by the two hundred year-old distillery to “pay homage to the original founders of the distillery who paved the way”.

It is the first expression from Bladnoch to have been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and has been bottled at 46.7% ABV without colouring or chill-filtration.

Master distiller Nick Savage said the new expression was “inspired by teachings throughout the distillery’s heritage”.

“From our original founders to our new era, we wanted to showcase the lowland style of Bladnoch Distillery,” said Savage.

“By using first fill ex-bourbon barrels, we’re able to highlight the floral notes from the distillery character and a refreshing, citrus sweetness.

“The first fill ex-sherry casks then add a subtle rich body to the whisky, and mouthfeel to the experience, finishing with notes of chocolate. These individual aspects combine in the whisky to showcase the classic aspects of our distillery.”

David Prior, who acquired Bladnoch in 2015, said the new release “feels particularly significant” in the distillery’s 204th year.

“It is important for us to show gratitude to the previous custodians of this historic brand and estate as we move forward into our most ambitious year yet,” said Prior.

“Vinaya is a stunning expression of Bladnoch’s style and we’re excited to share it with the world.”