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.



  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Heather Heather
  • Apple Apple
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honey Honey
  • Oak Oak

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.

104 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    3 June

    Smooth and delicious – it makes a lovely long summer drink with plenty of soda.

  • 5
    6 December 2018

    This review is for the old bottle not this one because as far as I know this was revamped, I never tasted the new one. So for me was great one of the best, because my type of Scotch is like this one, with a well integrated smoke and malt (like Johnnie Walker red, Passport, Black & Wwhite). I loved it. I need to try the new one soon, I hope it be as good as the old one at least. I have tried side by side old &new versions of entry level whiskies like Teacher's, Dewar's White, and I was dissapointed because I feel the quality was not like before.

  • 5
    24 November 2018

    This is growing on me! I'm not as a rule into 'smokey' whiskies - all too often it means peatiness too - but this has a pleasant sweetness (sort of) that balances the smoke. 50/50 dilution with water works well for me. Goes nicely with a nibble of 90% chocolate - if you are that way inclined :-)

  • 4
    21 November 2018

    Bought a bottle on spec... and first taste seems very good!

  • 4
    11 November 2018

    Best £20 blended whisky. And a match from many £40 malts. Especially if you like Bunnahabhain.

  • 4
    21 October 2018

    Love how the bottle looks. It's easy in the hand too. Its a smoke blend with notes of honey, apple, and something I cannot put my finger on. It's a excellent smokey-beginner whiskey. An entry level towards the better brands.

  • 2
    10 October 2018

    Heard good things about Black Bottle so decided to try it. The nose is full of Bartlett pears, with some nail varnish suggesting bourbon. (Is it bourbon casks? The bottle doesn't say. Initial taste has less richness and kick than the nose would suggest. Kind of "thin" Reasonable price, but would I buy again? Unlikely. Seems un balanced and this whiskey seems unsure what it wants to be.

  • 4
    2 October 2018

    I like it alot! Smooth blended, long after-taste. Like a desert – I think it would be perfect with a cigar and some chocolate.

  • 4
    24 June 2018

    Very good blended whisky for a cheap price. Has a light smoke after taste. Well balanced. Worth every penny.

  • 5
    16 June 2018

    One of the best blended I've tasted. Cheers!

  • 2
    23 May 2018

    This expression of Black Bottle is a very decent blended whisky. It may even be an accurate return to the 1879 roots from the glass bottle perspective. As far as the contents is concerned it is a completely different whisky from the excellent Islay based expression and should at the very least have been labelled ‘Black Bottle 2’- as its Completely different from the original!

  • 5
    20 January 2018

    Smooth, unctuous, brimming with warmth. Gorgeous. Go and try it !!!

  • 4
    28 November 2017

    A nice gentle blend with a rich golden colour, light peat and background sweetness. First reaction was not a wow, but a very enjoyable sipping whisky and exceptional value.

  • 4
    24 November 2017

    After giving it a bit of time, and especially with an ice cube or a bit of water, I really began to enjoy this whisky. A simple but tasty dram - especially on a cold rainy night.

  • 5
    15 November 2017

    The black bottle was given to us to try at a dinner party and my partner thought it was very smooth and had a great taste.

  • 5
    3 November 2017

    Very good smell and taste. Smooth, I will buy more.

  • 5
    21 October 2017

    Have been encouraged by a family member to drink single malts (with and without age expressions) for the last 2 years and while that experience has been an eye-opener and wonderful (though costly) experience there is greater value in looking at the internet and indeed reviewing some of the many books relating to Scoth Whisky. The "Handbook of Whisky" by Dave Broom (ISBN0753708221) page 95 provides a fair assessment of Black Bottle, albeit the dram I am drinking is not the 10 YO. However, it is without a doubt one of the better blended Whisky drams I have tasted for a long time, and beats "hands down" the more traditional blends often seen on supermarket shelves. If indeed this blended Black Bottle has elements of the seven Islay malts under its screw-top then it pack a punch almost as close to an Islay malt. A brand to watch!

  • 1
    23 September 2017

    Poor, don't know why a company would replace an excellent product with a totally inferior. Why not have both on sale giving this whisky a different name? Very perfumey taste from it even the bottle design is a disaster where you cant' see how much is left not to mention the uninspiring shape.

  • 5
    14 September 2017

    A great whisky very understated my drink of choice a double over ice what a delight.

  • 4
    13 July 2017

    After drinking the old blend for several years, I stopped buying Black Bottle after 2013 rebranding,I just thought I wouldn't like it anymore,I was wrong.Having bought a bottle recently I have been surprised at just how good the new blend is.It is light fresh and easy to drink,I will certainly be buying more in the future.

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