Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Gordon Graham & Co. (GG&C)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Jan 2014 4:19 pm by Wally

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€ 22.45

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Whisky Reviews for Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.24 points

  1. 777_7 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.

  2. uap304 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    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.

  3. underline55 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

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

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

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

  5. larswehmeier scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  6. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  7. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    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


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