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Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky

Overall rating 100 votes 74.63

211 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 18
Taste 17
Finish 17
Balance 16

Tastingtags

29 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
08 May 2017 7:32 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 70 points

This Blended Scotch is not what it once was after the radical 'rebranding' to please market demands and make it 'easy 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 70 pts   ·PALATABLE [-]·

Weighted Rate
70.2
Nose
70
Initial taste
72
Body
70
Finish
65
Price
78
Presentation
70
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Tasting note
10 Jun 2017 4:06 pm
wisekycourse gave this whisky 73 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

fumée ,épices et caramel

Taste

mêmes sensations,simple,pas grand attrait,mais le danger de se resservir peut survenir!

Finish

simple,courte ,épicée et fumée

Comments

un blend de plus ds toute sa splendeur,à base de Bunna !

finalement vu son prix,pas si mal!

My Collection
holborndrinker
Connoisseur holborndrinker Review note
22 May 2017 10:17 pm
holborndrinker gave this whisky 73 points

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. 

Weighted Rate
72.6
Nose
70
Initial taste
72
Body
70
Finish
71
Price
80
Presentation
80
Nunc est bibendum - mine's a double!
holborndrinker
Connoisseur holborndrinker Tasting note
22 May 2017 10:28 pm
holborndrinker gave this whisky 73 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
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.

Comments

I prefer the older bottles but this is quite inoffensive.

Nunc est bibendum - mine's a double!
GJR
Expert Senior GJR Tasting note
08 Apr 2017 4:15 pm
GJR gave this whisky 72 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Veel zoetheid, Vrijwel geen link met Islay. Vervangende gebruikte whisky is meer zoet, meer granig en duidelijk erg jong.

Taste

Zoet, highland stijln licht rook en turf.

Finish

Turf komt nu meer door, merendeel blend vervangen door Ardmore ?

Comments

In vergelijk geproefde met een oudere versie van 10 jaar, welke duidelijk een oorsprong had op Islay met veel Turf. Dan is dit een slap aftreksel, echter voor de prijs is er ook weinig verkeerds aan.

Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
26 Mar 2017 12:10 am
Hvdree gave this whisky 77 points
Weighted Rate
77
Nose
79
Initial taste
80
Body
75
Finish
75
Price
75
Presentation
77
Nomnomnomnomnomnom...
HW74
Expert Senior HW74 Review note
04 Jan 2017 12:13 pm
HW74 gave this whisky 79 points
Weighted Rate
77.2
Nose
75
Initial taste
77
Body
77
Finish
77
Price
79
Presentation
81
praisethepasta
Member Senior praisethepasta Review note
14 Dec 2016 9:02 am
praisethepasta gave this whisky 69 points
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. 

Weighted Rate
68.7
Nose
70
Initial taste
65
Body
66
Finish
58
Price
85
Presentation
84
Pasta be praised My Collection
wisekycourse
Expert Senior wisekycourse Note
20 Nov 2016 2:17 pm
wisekycourse gave this whisky 73 points

Blend basique plus fumé que tourbé,et alcool en devanture;peu de subtilités ,peu de parfums,et surtout pas de finale,orientation plus en cocktail de fait!

My Collection
zormik
Expert Senior zormik Review note
16 Jul 2016 3:13 pm
zormik gave this whisky 74 points
Weighted Rate
73.7
Nose
74
Initial taste
78
Body
72
Finish
67
Price
78
Presentation
77

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