An exciting new release from the reinvigorated Lowland distillery, Samara, meaning rebirth, is a high quality malt.
Bladnoch Distillery has recently been rebirthed by Australian entrepreneur David Prior. The distillery might be one of the oldest in Scotland, but it has been passed around multiple owners during that time. This has meant that it has had a somewhat hard to pin down personality. It really is the little distillery that could, having been shut down, mothballed and non-operational multiple times in its life.
When Prior bought it over in 2015, it had been closed for a long time and was looking for a bit of love. Prior created a whole new brand for Bladnoch and introduced a new range of cracking malts to go with it. Renovations took two years, lead by Master Distiller Ian MacMillan, and in 2017 the distillery started operating again with promises of a long, bright future.
Past and Future
At the same time as enjoying the wonderful opportunities that its reopening would mean, the team at Bladnoch have made sure not to forget their past.
With two new releases they are embracing both past and future and introducing fans to their incredible malt. Vinaya and Samsara, Sanskrit for “respect and gratitude” and “rebirth” respectively, are homages to what has gone before and what is yet to come.
With Vinaya, Bladnoch are looking back at their original founder, Thomas and John McClelland, and celebrating what they did to set up the distillery all those years ago. Samsara on the other hand, is looking forward at what is yet to come and at the ongoing rebirth of Bladnoch.
Tasting notes for BladnochSamsara Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottle cost: £74.95
The nose begins with notes of orchard fruit, fresh cut grass and apple blossom. It has a delicate floral note and a wonderful vanilla sweetness.
The palate is equally sweet, with a rich oak note in the background. The natural, grassy notes also linger and go really well with the fruit flavours.Fudge and caramel give it a lovely mellow character.
The finish is full of citrus fruit and oaky vanilla.
Samsara is an excellent celebration of the new Bladnoch and everything that lies ahead for the brand. We can’t wait to see what comes next.
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