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Vinaya is a shiny new release from the Lowland Bladnoch Distillery! Since its origins in 1817, the distillery has had something of a rocky time, changing hands and being mothballed several times throughout its history. With this release, the team wanted to pay homage to the original founders of the distillery. ‘Vinaya’ is a Sanskrit word meaning respect and gratitude, and that’s exactly what this expression shows to the original team.
A duo of first-fill ex-bourbon and first-fill ex-sherry casks have been used to showcase the Lowland style of Bladnoch whisky – the former highlights the classic florals and adds bright citrus fruit, while the latter brings richer, chocolatey notes. It’s then brought down to bottling strength with water sourced from the River Bladnoch, from which the distillery takes its name. Bourbon and sherry is a cask combination that hasn’t been seen before from Bladnoch, so this is something of a first!
Heather honey, grassy spring florals, green apple, and boiled lemon sweets.
Chocolate ganache, lemon blossom, and more fresh orchard fruit, supported by a prickle of peppery oak.
A crack of black pepper brings some warmth alongside milk chocolate.