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Bladnoch The Wave I Time & Maturation

4th June 2024
Following on from the Bladnoch Waterfall series the Lowland distillery has unveiled The Wave series which launches with the first of five single malts - Time & Maturation.

Bladnoch The Wave I Time & Maturation

Bladnoch, Scotland’s southernmost whisky distillery, has unveiled The Wave, the second chapter in the Master Distiller’s Collection.

The Wave is a five-part limited-edition series showcasing the whisky cask marrying process, with each annual release highlighting one of the five whisky-making pillars used by master distiller Dr. Nick Savage.

Released today (4 June 2024), Wave I: Time & Maturation exemplifies Bladnoch’s method of selecting casks at their peak maturation to ensure optimal whisky flavors.

The Wave follows the Waterfall Series, which concluded with Bladnoch Waterfall 05 2024, unveiled at the distillery’s annual Waterfall Day festival in May. Both series are part of Bladnoch’s Master Distiller’s Collection.

To create The Wave, Dr. Nick Savage selected five 1,500-liter Amontillado sherry tuns, each filled with whiskies from various cask types from the distillery’s 207-year-old bluestone warehouses. Each year, the cask types will be revealed, depicting another pillar of Bladnoch whisky making. The remaining whisky will be decanted into the following year’s tun, creating a wave effect throughout the series, with the final release featuring components from the entire collection.

For Wave I: Time & Maturation, Dr. Savage filled the first Amontillado sherry tun with a mix of hand selected ex-bourbon casks from Bladnoch’s maturing stocks and the remaining whisky from the Waterfall 05 2024 Edition. This unique approach connects both series in an ongoing whisky voyage.

Over five years, each release in The Wave series will be paired with a music track representing the whisky’s journey, illustrating how each cask’s notes build upon the previous ones. There is a piano composition accompanying Wave I: Time & Maturation which is said to reflect the development of the whiskies over time.

Dr Nick Savage, Master Distiller at Bladnoch Distillery, said: "We only ever select a cask when the time is right, not because it’s old or has reached a certain age. That right ‘time’ is determined by our deep understanding of maturation dynamics. It’s the moment of peak flavour in our warehouse environment – a climate where nothing is forced.

"The Wave is a strong example of Bladnoch’s taste-first approach to whisky making and a real demonstration of our bold Galloway spirit. With these single malts, we not only strive to take people on a journey into whisky making, but also to provide them with a taste experience, aiming to challenge preconceptions and build understanding along the way."

Bottled at 53.8% ABV, non-chill filtered, and natural in color, Wave I: Time & Maturation is said to open with aromas of floral pine needles and freshly cut oak. On the palate, it is said to deliver notes of sweet oak and toasted coconut, followed by a sweet, warm, and refreshing finish.

This edition is limited to 1,817 bottles, honoring the year the distillery was founded, and is priced at £150. It is available exclusively in the UK and Australia through bladnoch.com.

To celebrate the new chapter in The Master Distiller’s Collection, the distillery will host Bladnoch Wave Weekend in June 2025. Details will be shared first with those who purchase Wave I: Time & Maturation.

You will also find the current Bladnoch whisky range available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Bladnoch The Wave I Time & Maturation Review


Bottled at 53.8% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Floral pine needles with fresh cut oak.

Taste: Sweet oak and toasted coconut.

Finish: Sweet, warm and refreshing.
 

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