Bought: Online Auction, 9th October 2015
90.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2016
80.66/100 – Whiskybase (average from 432 member votes)
This Ardbeg was released in 2008 and has been discontinued for quite some time. If you found this blog post in a search you’re probably considering buying the Blasda at auction where bottles can be regularly found going for under £100. Don’t be tempted by places like The Whisky Barrel who are currently selling it for £300! Auctions are a lot more fun.
90.5/100 from Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible classifies the Blasda as “brilliant” but he does wish it were 46% rather than 40%. He says of the taste “sharp barley hits home to almost mouth-watering effect; again there is the pathetic hint of something smoky [as in the nose] but it does the trick and adds just the right ballast.” He summarises with “a beautiful, if slightly underpowered malt, that shows Ardbeg’s naked self to glowing effect.” And closes with “something to genuinely make the heart flutter.”
80.66/100 on Whiskybase isn’t a brilliant score. It seems the Blasda was a little too different for some Ardbeg traditionalists but there are some positive comments such as “this is quite an interesting and challenging dram. It takes some serious attention to extract the somewhat shy flavours and aroma’s of this whisky” and “perfectly balanced, but light, sweet and delicious”.
One Whiskybase member describes the Blasda as an “interesting experience” which is certainly its strongest feature when you consider the quality of the 10yo, Uigeadail and Corryvreckan. The Blasda isn’t better as such, just different, and for some Ardbeg fans or whisky hunters, that’s all that matters.