Black Bottle was created in 1879 by Gordon Graham and Co. based in Aberdeen. The three Graham brothers’ (Charles Innes, Gordon and David) original business was tea but they switched their attention to whisky blending. Soon the popularity of the whisky spread through the East Coast fisherman who favoured it on long sea journeys.
Black Bottle’s name came from its original bottle design based on black German glass and echoing the traditional pot whisky still. In 1914, following the outbreak of war, production was switched to green glass as it is to be found today.
Black Bottle combines the finest of grain whiskies with malts from the seven distilleries of Islay, which form the heart of the blend.
Richly golden, with a nose of fresh peat from its Islay core, it remains a slightly smoky and uncompromising whisky. It has long-since been one of the leading ‘blended’ whiskies in its native Scotland and is fast becoming recognised in other markets as one of the finest blends around.
Black Bottle 10 Year Old launched in 1998, this is a superb blend of whiskies the minimum age of which is ten years old and uses only malts from the seven distilleries of Islay.
The distinctive bottle echoes the whiskies original heritage encapsulated in black glass.
Produced in limited quantities it has a rich peaty character and a daring smoky presence.
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