BLACK BOTTLE ~ SCOTLAND
GOLD - Liquid Gold Award - 2018 / Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
MASTER - Blended: Standard - 2013 / The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
GOLD - Blended – No Age Statement - 2018 / The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
GOLD - Blended: Standard - 2015 / The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
SILVER - Blended – No Age Statement - 2019 / The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
SILVER - Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2017 / International Wine & Spirit Competition
SILVER - Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014 / International Wine & Spirit Competition
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.
Nose - Fresh and floral with freshly sawn oak aromas. Spicy with hints of smoke.
Mouth - 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.
Black Bottle was introduced in 1879 by Charles, David and Gordon Graham, members of a family of Aberdeen tea merchants who had branched out into whisky blending. From 1990 Black Bottle was in the hands of Allied Distillers Ltd, who did much to restore its quality and reputation, and then in 1995 Black Bottle was acquired by Highland Distilleries Ltd. Highland Distilleries became part of The Edrington Group in 1999, and four years later Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, along with the Black Bottle brand, was sold to Burn Stewart Distillers in 2003.