Overall rating
77.13/100
votes
144
Whiskybase ID
WB51077
Category
Blend
Bottler
Gordon Graham & Co. (GG&C)
Bottled
01.07.2013
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 jan 2014 4:19 pm by Wally
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 22.45

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Whisky reviews for Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky

28 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 77.13 points.

  1. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    drown it with a full flavored cigar and maybe you’ll get something good out of this, otherwise it’s just a pale grain whisky mixed with minimal amounts of peat and smoke
    • Nose
      cheap grain whisky, sweet malt, vegetal, light fruits, very very light smoke, little hint of peat (if any)
    • Taste
      light sweet grain, watery, smoke, cream, light caramel, light honey
    • Finish
      short, flat, grain sweetness, cheap grain alcohol whiff, grass and nuts at the back with some smoke

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  3. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 22 20 21 84

    I don't know what and how anyone had it before, but the open bottle in August 2021 with the date on the bottle 01/07/2013 was really gorgeous! Nice nose, very mild taste, only slightly lower aftertaste, but overall a gorgeous bottle! I want to drink such blends every single day !!!

  5. underline55 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Islay blended malt with a silencer attached. :)
    Very soft, low alcohol, vanilla, smokey, short finish

  6. whiskyd scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mild, restrained nose with a slight hint of smoke. Fresh and bright fruity. Some pear.
    • Taste
      Very light on the tongue due to the low alcohol content. First, the smoke shows, then unfortunately a little metallic coating on the tongue. Overall, sweet and mild
    • Finish
      Short and unobtrusive.

  8. dandyman scored this whisky 53 points Expert Senior

    boy_genius_ck summed this one up pretty well, this tastes like ninety percent young grain whisky, the rest probably being undermatured peated Bunna and/or Ardmore, to at least give it an idea of the peatiness that it once (perhaps?!) was famous for.

    The first thing that hits me on the nose is the grain, very clean and cereally, then a little malt alongside cardboardiness and mustiness, with just a hint of lemon for a brief moment. The before mentioned peatiness is really faint and hidden somewhere between the cardboardiness and mustiness. A big let down so far.

    The nose translates well into the taste, but with less cardboardiness, more malt, the grain whisky pushes the lemon a little to the fore, the peat is better detectable now, but the whole remains really thin and watery, thus the finish is barely noticable, probably the shortest finish I ever had in any peated whisky.

    Mind you, we are talking about the discontinued version of '"Black Bottle", the contemporary one has a completely different bottle shape and a new label, and is (from what I heard) a completely different animal altogether. I know that there are versions prior to this one, that used the same bottle shape but had another label different from this one, these versions maybe better, but I doubt I will ever find out.

    I cannot recommend this to anyone, ever. And if I really think about it, the last time I had a contemporary Red Label it was definitely better than this stuff. This isn't offensive or harsh, but totally forgettable.

  9. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      75 75

  10. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      61 61

  11. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Should Malt from 7 Islay distilleries contain and a good share Deanston. I thought that the Islays did not work out that way. Maybe I have to "pre-button" him again ... I think it's delicious, but definitely without water.
    • Nose
      A fruity scent. A basket full of bananas, apricots, peaches, but also some mint leaves. An idea grassiness and some malt. Very little peat. Water makes it a bit dusty and offer malt, unsweetened canned fruit and a small puff of smoke ,.
    • Taste
      Complex. Some menthol, a spicy smokiness, light spicy notes, a few apricot crevices & a slight grassiness. Water does not do the "black bottle" well. He is getting soft, dusty, quite dry. Only a light fruit sweetness and a little malt. Something one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      A spoonful of pepper and a fruity-sugary sweetness, some smoke & sweet malt sweets. Dusty sweetness by adding water. In addition, pleasant notes of fruit acid develop.

  12. uap304 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Just a short note about the older, more heavily-peated version. We weren't the dearest of friends, but I find myself thinking back fondly of this more often nowadays. It wasn't perfect, it had a watery body with an anesthetic edge. The peat was fairly light but unmistakable. There was a sweet maltiness that was so satisfying and reminiscent of Bunnahabhain for sure, and all tied together by a fizzy bicarbonate sort of thing. If there ever was that cliché "daily dram," this was it. And at ~$25, a terrific gift for both the uninitiated and the seasoned veteran. RIP.

  13. Andytka3 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Initial puffs of toasted cereals and soft peat, but faded away quickly.
    The aroma evolve from orange with lightly sweet oat meal, to boiled
    vegetables with a pinch of sea salts. P- Medium body. Playful smoky spiciness with fresh citrusy orange
    dancing on the palate. Balance with a lot of emphasize on smoothness,
    rounded. An ok blend, but feel something is missing...

    F- Clean and short, tinge of sweet pear lingers on.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. Pyromann scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Nice and pleasantly drinkable whiskey, pretty smooth, but the effect of Islay there is! In taste it definitely promises more than the smell. The blend and the price of the old version is super whiskey
    • Nose
      Salinity, citrus, a little iodine talisker, all this has an apple undertones
    • Taste
      Oily to creamy, tasteful sweet-citrus peat and sharper smoke dominate in taste. However, it is pleasantly smooth and not very extraordinary, but the blend is definitely distinctive
    • Finish
      It is not extra long or intense, but pleasant smoke, peat, then perhaps some wood

  15. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Mixed whiskey very decent performance, and cost reasonable money. If I chose between Black Bottle and Johnnie Walker Black Label, I would take Black Bottle.
    • Nose
      Honey blows directly into the nose, light tones of fruit and fine peat.
    • Taste
      I probably would not type mixed whiskey. Nuts, almonds and woody. It is delicate and sweet.
    • Finish
      Light smoke, stronger chocolate, sachr, cherry liqueur, and resin resistances.

  16. Guntis scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. Sandman scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    With a drop of water, the taste changes to fruit and citrus
    • Nose
      Peatsmoke, lemon, fresh fruit, grain, honey and flowers
    • Taste
      Smoke, little oily, honey, lemon, rubber, grass, apples and melon.
    • Finish
      Medium, greasy, slightly spicy and a touch of lemon

  18. theendh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [2014 bottle]

    N: Young spirit, floral - Mackmyra Bruks like WB.  Mild woodiness
    T: Light and floral with some wood.  Creamy - single cream
    F: Caramel, light and subtle fruits - peardrops coming through at the end finishing as a banana vanilla custard.
    C: Theres more going than i expected, a pleasing blend indeed but i have my eye on bigger prizes, Talisker 30yo up next!

    Scores a C

  20. Opeth83 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Slightly smoky and granular, not very complex but for the price just a great introduction to the smoky whiskeys. With a lot of ice cream it is refreshingly refreshing in the summer.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  21. Archer scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  22. Mardo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  23. Matt80 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Really good value for money. Very enjoyable. A shame that Black Bottle has now changed profile. Get this version while you can!
    • Nose
      Peat smoke,raisins, dried fruit sweetness
    • Taste
      Initially fruit but then smoke rolls over the palate and takes over. Slight salt.
    • Finish
      Long smoky finish. Very nice,

  24. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Black Bottle is a blended Scotch featuring a proportion of whisky from almost every distillery on Islay, a marked blend with plenty of character.

    http://www.masterofmalt.com/

  25. Hvdree scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      79 79

  26. Maltm8 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    I have an older bottling of this and I have to say I was quite suprised. For the money this is a steal! You get a gentle whiff (but no more) of smoke in the nose combined with some dark sugar sweetness maybe even a hint of sherry. The taste is sugar sweet up front with more of the Islay character later on, some peaty smoke and a clean yet sweet finish. If you like beefy blends like johnny walker and can find the old Black Bottles, I would recommend you buy them: I've heard the new one is not the same. It's Islay character for little money.

  27. Cipidos scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Very nice blend of Islay whiskies for his price
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      78 78

  28. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Don't add water, and this whisky offers so much for so little.
    What a shame that this beautiful whisky is changed. The new bottle is an all together different whisky. Less impressive.
    • Nose
      No water: citrussy sweet. Hint of smoke. Metallic.
      With water: citrus, black pepper, metallic. Sweet in the back?
    • Taste
      No water: bitter sweet arrival. Sweet development with Lots of smoke at the back of the tongue.
      With water: bitter arrival. Orangey development, with smoke very subdued.
    • Finish
      Long citrus finish, with smoke coming in and out.

  29. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I am happy to have bought a bottle for future reference since this one has been replaced by a much different version with less islay and more something else.

    (Rating interval 82-85)
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, whipped cream, grass, tar, honey and custard.
    • Taste
      Creamy on the palate despite the low ABV. salty butter, cheddar cheese, smoked cheese, sweet licorice and grass.
    • Finish
      Short to medium in length, with peat smoke and artificial sweetener. 

  30. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Rich and punchy, peat smoke wafting over plumes of fresh blossom and fruit... Something coastal.
    • Taste
      Offers more peat, but this time a honeyed sweetness develops, fruitcake and oak.
    • Finish
      Honeyed smoke clings 'til the last.

  32. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Black Bottle is a blended Scotch featuring a proportion of whisky from almost every distillery on Islay, a marked blend with plenty of character.

  33. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  34. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    This review is of the new (2013) version of Black Bottle. This is more like a
    smoky Speysider. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but I do prefer the old
    Black Bottle. Only the packaging looks better.
    • Nose
      The nose initially
      offers soft caramel on a bed of wood shavings. It has got a sweet element that
      reminds me of cherry candy, you know, the hard, red candy. Which brings us to a
      somewhat artificial sweetness, which I do not believe to be a plus.
    • Taste
      The attack is soft,
      merely mildly oily. The mouthfeel is better than the previous bottling, more
      robust. But it lacks the palate. It tastes a lot less Islay, if you know what I
      mean. Sure, the smokiness may be bigger (not sure about that though), the
      heather honey and sweet oak have too much influence.
    • Finish
      Only in the medium
      long finish do I detect some spices. Think nutmeg and pepper. The smokiness
      lingers nicely.

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