Bladnoch Releases New Collection Of Whiskies In The US

| November 15, 2021

Bladnoch recently announced the release of three new single malt Scotch whiskies in the United States: Vinaya, 11-Year-Old and 14-Year-Old. 

This new core range was created by Master Distiller Nick Savage for the 204-year-old Lowland distillery. Each expression in the classic collection showcases what’s described as the signature Lowland style and range of flavors the historic distillery is known for — floral, spice and fruits with a hint of chocolate.

‘Vinaya’ is a Sanskirt word meaning respect and gratitude, which pays homage to the original founders and the distillery’s heritage. It is the second non-age statement single malt whisky in the portfolio, following the 2018 release of Samara.

Bladnoch Vinaya

Bladnoch Vinaya (image via Bladnoch)

The 11 and 14-Year-Olds are aged single malts that will be annual releases in the ongoing portfolio. The Vinaya is matured in a unique combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, never before released by the distillery. First-fill ex-bourbon barrels, noted the distillers, highlight the floral notes from the distillery character along with refreshing, citrus sweetness.

First-fill ex-sherry casks then add a subtle, rich body to the whisky and mouthfeel experience. Vinaya is presented at 46.7% ABV and has official tasting notes of fresh apple, sweet floral grass, and hints of chocolate. The finish is light and refreshing.

The 11 Year Old is a 100% ex-bourbon cask matured expression that reflects traditional Lowland style single malts. It is described as smooth and refreshing with a lemon gold color. It has notes of floral, sweet honey and fresh-cut apples.

The 14-Year-Old is also a Lowland single malt matured in ex-oloroso sherry casks. It has hints of sweet spices and dried fruits and chocolate, with a rich, long finish.

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“Releasing three new products simultaneously in the US market is extremely exciting. The release of Bladnoch Vinaya, 11 Year Old, and 14 Year Old offers a breadth of experiences, and it is the start of a range that not only demonstrates the quality of Bladnoch whiskies, but also the accessibility for everyone to find their perfect dram,” said Dr. Nick Savage, Bladnoch’s Master Distiller, in a prepared statement.

Pricing is set at $54.99 for Vinaya, $64.99 for the 11 Year Old and $109.99 for the 14 Year Old. They are available for purchase at select retailers in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, California, and Washington state. 

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.