Black Bottle

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Black Bottle
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A bottle of the 2013 relaunched Black Bottle. Owners Burn Stewart have decided to return the brand to its original 1879 roots, including the black glass that gave the blend its name. With less of a focus on Islay, there is less peatiness than hitherto, with the smoky flavours being balanced with increased fruitiness and elegance.

Black Bottle Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    Nose: Freshly cut oak and caramel. Hint of something medicinal at the back, but with heavy brown sugar notes swamping it. Hints of nail varnish touches and polished oak.

    Palate: Milk chocolate, ginger, lots of woody spice, brown sugar, sour apple hints, golden syrup behind.

    Finger: Lingering syrup with touches of cinnamon and freshly sawn oak

    Comment: Very focused on Golden Syrup sweetness, with that richness backed up by lots of woody notes. Very different to the previous edition, with no real smoke, but packed full of sweet and rich flavour.

  • Producer's Note

    Nose : Fresh and floral with freshly sawn oak aromas. Spicy with hints of smoke.

    Palate : Silky, mellow and fruity with balanced smoky / peaty flavours then sweet oak and heather honey.

    Finish: Soft, elegantly spicy, nutmeg, pepper and a gentle lingering smokiness.

66 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    3 November

    I''ll be looking for the previous blend, easily recognized in the older style bottle, and hording it if found tucked away on some obscure package store shelf. Two stars for the new, compared to 4 for the older blend.

  • 5
    29 October

    Love the smokey pepper flavours with a hint of peaty heather to finish . A great dram to be enjoyed with friends with the crackle of a log fire . Definitely a winter whiskey that brings a smouldering warmth .

  • 5
    27 October

    A gift for such a superb blend, must buy some for Xmas presents for acquaintances who appreciate a good whisky. Or keep them for self!!!.

  • 2
    18 August

    Wish I had known its origins when I succumbed to the promotional price. Certainly different. Hint of smoke, but impression of perhaps being matured in rum kegs. Sweet & heavy. Not to my taste. Come back Glenlivet - all is forgiven! (Even the price!!)

  • 5
    14 June

    It is a wonderful blended Islay, better than some malts. The balance between fruity and smoky is excellent, a blend full of character. For the price it is definitely one of the best, well worth owning a few bottles.

  • 2
    31 May

    Not as good as the older version and as a result I was disappointed. Very spicy even peppery. Lacking depth.

  • 4
    29 May

    A wonderful blend and at a great price as well...highly second bottle and after a dozen different brands lately, I find The Black Bottle quite satisfying...will continue to purchase when I can find them

  • 1
    16 April

    Ordinary at best. A mixer designed to appeal to the bartender. Old presentation had character and a place on my shelf. New presentation is nothing special so I will pass. Apparently, the old presentation had a following, but not a big enough one to satisfy the bottom line. Te new presentation can be sold to the bars and eating establishmetns for mixing and drowning in ice. Young people in clubs will drink it so you can sell more for sure. Glad I bought a few bottles before they changed it.

  • 4
    27 March

    This is a good blend. Rounded flavour with the taste of a whisky priced at an extra tenner.

  • 4
    26 March

    A lovely all-round blend with a smooth finish and a pleasant after taste.Just wish I new how much I had left in this black bottle.

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