|OLD (reviewed here)|
As we discussed in the previous review, Black Bottle is a blended scotch whisky, as it contains a portion of single malt whisky blended with grain whisky. On to the review!
Black Bottle blended whisky, 40%, NAS, Scotland.
Believed 7 years old, added caramel colouring, chill filtered. Unknown components.
Colour: Pale gold. Some added caramel though.
Nose: Salty, very maritime-y and briny. Medicinal peat and a little iodine.
Texture: A little thin, but clean and warming. Not bad for a 40% blended scotch.
Taste: Peaty and medicinal, tar, a little smoke, a little bitterness.
Finish: Short and peaty, a hint of ash, then mild honey sweetness.
Score: 3 out of 5 (blend score)
Notes: A decent blend, certainly one of the best peated blended scotch whiskies (containing grain whisky) I've tried. It would be a good introduction to peaty, medicinal, 'Islay-style' whisky, and at a good price (around $50 here in Australia). As with most blends though, it would be massively improved by increasing the percentage of malt whisky content, higher ABV %, and losing the chill filtration. I haven't tasted the new version personally, but I hear it has gone backwards and lost some peat, which is unfortunate. If you come across this version (first choice and vintage cellars usually have it in Australia, but probably not for long), and are after a cheap and cheerful peat fix, grab it.