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Overall rating
75.15/100
votes
198
Whiskybase ID
WB56708
Category
Blend
Bottler
Gordon Graham & Co. (GG&C)
Bottled
2013
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5029704111442
Added on
25 jul 2014 11:52 am by z-imaging
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Average value

€ 23.95

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198 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.15 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 70 points Super Administrator

    This Blended Scotch is not what it once was after the radical 'rebranding' to please market demands and make it 'easily accessible'. The aroma of Black Bottle is restrained with wood sap, bitter grain and some floral notes. Peat smoke? Nope. Tastewise, youthful harshness and sweet malt combine with honey, ginger and faint peatiness. Dominated by cheap grain whisky, the finish is bitter, short and altogether featureless. Having lost the characterful impact of Islay malts, this blend only remains a shadow of its former glory. It's drinkable - no more, no less.

    RATING: 2.4/5.0 stars ≙ 70 pts → SUBPAR [-]
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      65 65

  2. Shmotch scored this whisky 66 points Newbie

    Perhaps the worst blended scotch whisky I can remember tasting the past five years. An insipid root beer candy note dominates the taste. Do not go here. Sadly, black bottle once had a nice peat component and more maltiness that is now sorely missing in the new recipe.

  3. castagne_et_musette scored this whisky 77 points Newbie

    On the nose: smoke, wood, caramel, cardboard, burnt plastics, liquorice. Quite complex and a little confusing nose, but not uninteresting.

    On the palate: well balanced, lively, caramel, peat (light).

    Very pleasantly surprised.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  4. Fabian scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Nice blend, nice price.

  5. Nazin scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    Not that terrible nose, but on the mouth oaky and watery. Awful bitter and alcoholic finish.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      50 50

  6. Hsh scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Surprisingly, there is no strong smell and there is almost nothing unpleasant.
    Slightly fresh, with sherry and bourbon nuances Slightly raw rubber smell
    pretty spicy

  7. scuubi scored this whisky 35 points Member Junior

    Light smoke on the nose, nothing more than that besides the alcohol. Tastes like cheap booze, spicy and bitter. Not enjoyable. Had high hopes due to all the hype.

  8. MonkeChef scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    .
    • Nose
      Aroma: Light smoke, black tea, sea salt, apple a moment later the sweetness dominates.
    • Taste
      Pepper, light smoke, apple, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Finish: Warm, medium length, clearly more smoky than on the tongue, dark chocolate.

  9. Ivynor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The addition of caramel is too noticeable.
    Honest for its price.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Caramel, Highland notes (heather, honey), light peat, quite young. Sweet notes of the grain. It also reminds us in certain aspects of the 10-year-old Jura, very rich in caramel.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Caramel, toffee, smoke, heather. A Monine Bunna / Old Pulteney / Jury mix, with grain behind.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Slightly peaty finish, some caramel, some vanilla and some wood.

  10. Burch scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    Notes from 12/29/14:

    Nose: Rubber. Lots of young whisky and grain whisky. A nice peat follows behind. Subtle.
    Palate: Peat comes forward. Damp, seaweed, smoke. Grass and honey in the background.
    Finish. Short but balanced out.

    I like the presentation with the turn of the century style bottle.

  11. jankes scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Another often overlooked old horse that are not so popular in this part of the world. Fine warm grain comes thru quite brilliantly with honey. sweet smokes and over-ripe white fruits, black tea scented with berries, floral and tobacco. Quite light on nose but comes with handful of evolving aromas. Balanced of oak with nutty, corn flour and meaty. Pleasant and relaxing. (87/21)

    P- Weak on body initially, but gaining traction as it developed to skimmed milky palate. Gentle sweet smokes, dried plum and honey. More salts come thru. (85/19)

    F- Short-medium, lingers well, some very fine grain in the vat. Pleasant kind of blends that everyone would enjoy over a garden barbeque party. (85/19)

    B/B- 86/20

    Cr-3, Fr-2, Fl-1, Pt-1, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-2, Wn-1, Sc-1

    Weighted Rate - 79pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Another often overlooked old horse that are not so popular in this part of the world. Fine warm grain comes thru quite brilliantly with honey. sweet smokes and over-ripe white fruits, black tea scented with berries, floral and tobacco. Quite light on nose but comes with handful of evolving aromas. Balanced of oak with nutty, corn flour and meaty. Pleasant and relaxing. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Weak on body initially, but gaining traction as it developed to skimmed milky palate. Gentle sweet smokes, dried plum and honey. More salts come thru. (85/19)
    • Finish
      F- Short-medium, lingers well, some very fine grain in the vat. Pleasant kind of blends that everyone would enjoy over a garden barbeque party. (85/19)

      B/B- 86/20

      Cr-3, Fr-2, Fl-1, Pt-1, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-2, Wn-1, Sc-1

      Weighted Rate - 82pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    You have to really work at the nose, it is restrained there is a little peat and dried cold ashes, wafer, salted caramel & honey.
    The palate is sweet with a fruit gum element , a little barley sugar and a hint of caramel.
    This has a nice mouthfeel but it is also a little metallic at the end and it fades too quickly but for £20-£22 it is not bad value and generally for beginners a good easy introduction to whisky.
    I understand what Timo is saying, all the rough edges that gave black bottle a bit of an edge years ago have gone, they have been rounded off so to speak which is why non whisky drinkers would b fins this sort of thing more accessible and for the price a god alternative to gin?
    My score is not particularly high but the more I have the more I am liking it, I still think this is a good solid buy at the price and for a daily sipper it is fine if a little unexciting.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      68 68

  14. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Not very memorable, but not bad either. The nose is the best part. The finish is the worst.
    Tasted blind from a sample by Jan.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Light, some fruit, but not fresh, old and musty, but not in a good way, dark sugar, somewhat fatty, some honey, some hey, some mossy wood. I thought the colour was due to adding caramel
    • Taste
      78 78
      Sweet, some honey, some hay, again the dark sugar, little to no fruit, slightly fatty
    • Finish
      70 70
      Short, fades quickly, a bit bitter at the end, some hints of the dark sugar

  15. oppi scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Fruity sweet ... tastes good with chocolate ...

  16. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    a blend of more than all its splendor, based on Bunna! finally seen its price, not so bad!
    • Nose
      smoke, spices and caramel
    • Taste
      same sensations, simple, not very attractive, but the danger of being reused can occur!
    • Finish
      simple, short, spicy and smoky

  17. holborndrinker scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    I quite like the bottle - it is just a shame that the contents don't live up to it  Will get you tipsy, but you won't have overly fond memories of supping it. 
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      71 71

  18. holborndrinker scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    I prefer the older bottles but this is quite inoffensive.
    • Nose
      There is nothing that jumps out.
    • Taste
      There is no real bite to this whisky any more - it is quite soft on the palate - great if you want to slip into the arms of Morpheus, but not something to admire. 
    • Finish
      Quite anonymous - nothing that will blow you away.

  19. GJR scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    In comparison tried with an older version of 10 years, which clearly had an origin on Islay with a lot of Peat. Then this is a weak infusion, but for the price there is also little wrong.
    • Nose
      Much sweetness, Virtually no link with Islay. Replacement used whiskey is more sweet, more granular and clearly very young.
    • Taste
      Sweet, highland style, light smoke and peat.
    • Finish
      Peat now comes through, most of the blend replaced by Ardmore?

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  21. HW74 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  22. praisethepasta scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    In the nose there is some brown sugary sweetness, with flat tea, a little bit of caramel and just a whiff of smoke.

    Taste: more of the same really, with some grain notes joining the palate and a bit of sweet green fruit and vanilla - think Glenfiddich 12, but sweeter and a bit more pepper.

    The finish is very short lived, with a tiny bit of smoke, alcohol and sugary sweetness, but it's all pretty much gone before you can set your mind to what's really going on in your glass, in your nose and on the tongue.

    Great looking bottle, great price, but a bit of an underwhelming, plain blend. It's as if all of the flavours are flattened out to create a sort of common denominator, something to be enjoyed by the occasional whisky drinker. 
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      58 58

  23. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Blend basic smoked more than peat, and alcohol in front, little subtleties, few perfumes, and especially no final, orientation more cocktail in fact!

  24. zormik scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      67 67

  25. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 59 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      55 55
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      48 48

  26. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Price performance for 20 € OK, overall rather interesting than pleasing, which I personally like again, especially the smell I like.
    • Nose
      clear, idiosyncratic smoke, Ottendorfer incense candle, besides sweetish-musty, mushrooms, warm compost, some pepper, during the whole deep inhalation salmiac lozenges
    • Taste
      short chill of chocolate, then pepper, bitter-burnt-smoky, wood, a bit salty ... after several sips, dark chocolate remains in the background
    • Finish
      medium-long, pepper, smoke, ash, wood, a little licorice ... and also dark chocolate is added

  27. The Macallan scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    A great blend for a good price. However te previous versions back in de the 90's where better.
    • Nose
      Sherry, smokey, sultana's with a sweet note
    • Taste
      Sweetish, briny, dried fruit
    • Finish
      Warm and a whif of sherry

  28. toklian scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Is this 'whole-Islay' whisky?

  29. karloff scored this whisky 60 points Specialist

    Black Bottle is in the Book 101 whiskies you should try before you die. I have heard that it's not as good as it used to be. This is the first time I have tried it so I cannot judge. Not a bad blend but it doesn't deserve to be in this book. Not bad for the price either.
    • Nose
      62 62
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      42 42

  30. karloff scored this whisky 60 points Specialist

    This is a very cheap bottle of a very famous blend. Just wish the whisky inside tasted as good as the bottle looks from the outside.
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky nose with fresh earthy mushrooms, green salad and rubber tyre with strong grain and a little pinch of pepper.
    • Taste
      Slightly smoky, slightly grainy and slightly bitter as soon as it hits the pallet, but swill it around the mouth for a while and there are some spicy notes with a little pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      A short and bitter end to it with a hint of peat on the death.

  31. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose apple, pear, alcohol. Mouth dominated by grain, poorly integrated alcohol, where is the Islay ?? The quality of this bottle seems to have seriously dropped, giving pride to the grain. Dispensable Blend.

  33. Shane_IL scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    This used to be a great blend, not anymore, too much grain whisky in the blend, not enough peat. 
    • Nose
      Fruity, grain alcohol, bit of oak. Some apple and toffee once it opened up a little. 
    • Taste
      Got a nice hit of peat but quickly faded, replaced by grain alcohol burn and bitterness. Some fruits floating around, but nothing distinctive.
    • Finish
      Finish totally overpowered by grain aftertaste.

  34. Taita scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Close to bunnahabhain but too green
    • Nose
      Hemp, green leaves, brown sugar, oak, sweet water of a pool with waterplants
    • Taste
      Oily, honey, sweet oak, herbs, dried plums
    • Finish
      Oak and herbs

  35. drkrylov scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Relaunched in 2013, Black Bottle Blended Scotch whisky now features a balanced mix of fruitiness and spice alongside the peaty Islay notes that the brand has been known for. This change in direction is a return to Black Bottle's past, as it is said to have been inspired by what the whisky was like when it was made all the way back in 1879. This has also inspired the new old-style black glass bottle, which gave the whisky its name.

    http://www.masterofmalt.com/

  36. Guntis scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  37. Toffie76 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Enough marked by bunnahabhain, but drowned by a mass of grain whiskey that dominates the blend. I did not find peat, a little smoke. The attack is frank, development short and close to zero. I do not know the previous versions, but this one leaves me cold.

  38. drkrylov scored this whisky 78 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.

  39. drkrylov scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  40. dave3 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. z-imaging scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      83 83

  42. HunterRomario scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Totally pleasant scent in my category, but it comes a little dampened. But it is well mixed, I feel nuts, citrus and light smoke. (81 b)
    • Taste
      The flavor is beyond aroma, pleasantly spicy, juicy. Sweet, spicy, smoky. (83 b)

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