BLACK BOTTLE ~ SCOTLAND
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
83/100 Whisky Advocate
MASTER: Blended: Standard 2013 - The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
GOLD: Liquid Gold Award 2018 - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
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 has 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.
Billy A - Whisky Exchange "Very focused on Golden Syrup sweetness, with that richness backed up by lots of woody notes... packed full of sweet and rich flavour."
Amanda Schuster - Distiller "This is a very rich and viscous Scotch. It has an interesting flavour of baked apples and burning campfire, with a hint of floral black tea (what a coincidence!), ocean brine, honey and cinnamon. Gets sweeter on the palate after a few sips. And yeah, that dark glass bottle is pretty cool."
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.