Overall rating
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Stated Age
40 years old
Oak Casks
Batch No. 1
40.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
16 Feb 2012 11:31 am

Average value

€ 383.21

8 × in wishlist

55 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Black Bull 40-year-old DT

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.77 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose is my personal favorite part to the the whisky experience since I find it’s especially tied to so many memories and feelings, and what an absolute cracker this one has. Early in my whisky journey I bought BlackBull 40 (batch 3) and loved it as well, I failed to appreciate how truly special this stuff really is, especially for under $300 CAD. It’s one of the only whiskies to increase in score for me in the years since, as I’ve been fortunate to try some truly special drams since then. It’s not rated very high across the Internet, so it’s a case of growing trust in my own experience and my own scores. Everyone has different tastebuds after all. Pure luxury to me, I could smell this all day. If only the palate and finish were on par with the nose, but then it would cost 5x more

    • Nose
      95 95
      Right away it’s got just the most beautifully old smell. Old books, antique furniture, lemon polish, beeswax, old candles, latex paint, putty, totally smells every bit of its 40 years, in all the best ways. I absolutely adore this nose. It’s quite expressive even. Manuka honey, creme brûlée, banana, kumquat, buttercream, wonderful Demerara sugars, orange oil...wow. (95)

      Edit: The empty glass smells of a chocolate croissant with a cappuccino within arms reach...Lordy mama I love this nose, I gotta bump it another point.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate simply can not keep up with the low abv, unfortunately. It’s got a weak mouthfeel, and falls rather flat. Some good flavors are here, old honey, chestnuts, an old wooden desk covered in dust, old candles, stroopwaffle, plaster. It just doesn’t have the viscosity or mouthfeel the nose promised. (89)
    • Finish
      88 88
      The old oak makes its presence felt. It’s not overbearing, but it’s got old man strength. Old wood, cherry, orange oil, black tea, soft and fades with a whimper (88)

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 125 Euro in March, 2010.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state tons of exotic fruits imbedded in a sound wooden structure.  Adorable!

  3. Attraktor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. korry78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Batch 1 (90% malt, 10% grain; 40-44yo whiskies): Bunnahabhain, Glenfarclas, Glenlivet, Gleburgie, Highland Park, Miltonduff, Springbank, Tamdhu, Invergordon (10%).

  5. RL_whisky scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (apples, oranges, pineapple, apricots), some peat smoke, vanilla
    • Taste
      Creamy, vanilla, apricots
    • Finish
      Rather short, spicy, fresh

  8. Furtia scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      74 74


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