T: Rugged arrival, good strength and pace, first showing flinty, tannic apples and blackberries/raspberries and thickens on mouthfeel as it moves from fruits into lush grain and then into chocolate. Water elongates the journey. Rugged, tannic, sweet=<savoury malt is the order of the day, a little too rugged at time mind you and arguably too reliant on the E150a to pull it out of trouble.
F: Flinty, iron fillings and ashy hints attach themselves to the chocolate malted grain, which in itself is hard to define, such is the movement encapsulated within the complexity of this blend. [Grain] spirit led but theres appears to be some old stuff in the mix.
C: Cons: a heavy reliance on the neutral [boring] single grain content and the E150a. Pros: Ive heard good things about older versions of Black bottle and i concur. Enough complexity in the mix saddled with a well married blend that is stupidly easy to gulp. Suggested improvements: a higher aged more complex grain, a higher single malt content and bottled at 46% with no E150a - and you have a winning blend.
Scores a C-