150cl // 40.0% ABV
This is a larger bottle of the relaunched Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky, which has been inspired by the original recipe from 1879. After many years of decline prompted by a distillery fire. Black Bottle was revitalised in 1990 with a new blend using Islay single malt whiskies. The peatier notes from the Islay whisky in the blend have been balanced by rich sweetness of demerara sugar and simmering spice. The bottle design has even been inspired by the days of yore, including returning to the black glass bottle, which is where the whisky got its name from.
As someone else has said it is as good as double black,an excellent blended whisky.
Colour: Surprisingly dark golden
Nose: Interesting! Rich and fruity with hints of smoke, chocolate and wood, fairly complex
Palate: Fairly light mouthfeel but it’s got some good oiliness. It’s very smooth, a small pinch of spices which doesn’t come to much, but what comes through is a rich pungent drop of smoke amongst the rest of the rich Finish: The spices are more evident here, they come along in waves along with more rich (but restrained) smoke and fruits. There’s enough wood to keep you happy, but it doesn’t linger to leave bitterness, in fact the whole dram is sweet, but balanced.
Master Blender, Gordon Graham, toiled night and day on his new creation. And as he poured a glass for his brothers, they were overwhelmed by what they found.
The air filled with a heady blend of aromas – from fresh floral scents to the very deepest, oaky notes. All carried on spice-flecked wisps of delicate, peaty smoke.
Slowly, they raised their glasses to indulge in their first sips and instantly the silky, mellow notes of fruit struck them. Perfectly balanced with the smoke-fringed flavours of sweet oak and honey; it was a sensation like no other.
Sinking into the elegantly spiced finish of nutmeg, pepper and lingering smokiness, it was then the brothers knew: they had tasted their future.
And so it would remain for over 130 years as Black Bottle affirmed its place in the hearts of drinkers around the world.