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Beinn Dubh The Black

Overall rating
74.40/100
votes
88
Whiskybase ID
WB68351
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Ruby Black and Tawny Port Cask
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5022069011037
Added on
22 may 2015 7:41 pm by Gere
Colored

Average value

€ 66.85

9 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

141 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Beinn Dubh The Black

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.40 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm. I could almost like it ... so not bad at the idea, but seems unfinished, exaggerated, as knitted with a hot needle - wet barrel, little time. Or young barrel strength "pimped" directly with wine. So a nice visitor gag and eye-catcher on the shelf, but no serious € 70 whisky.
    • Nose
      when opening the sample bottle is a musty-gammlige fruit note contrary, from the glass then much (unbearable) sweet dark wine, dark chocolate, warm plum and cherry compote, sugar beet syrup ... after a while stone-old dry parsley and basil ... and something pharmacy
    • Taste
      fat-sweet, slightly bitter, chocolate and molasses dominate, fruit only slightly (dark berries?) ... then pepper is added ... and herbal liqueur
    • Finish
      medium length, dark chocolate, pepper, herbal bitters

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    not special, except exceptionally dyed ...
    • Nose
      very little, a touch of caramel, some chocolate, nothing more
    • Taste
      drier than expected, spicy, some chocolate and nut
    • Finish
      short with nut and dark fruit

  3. dan_o_b scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Tried at The Snug in Aviemore. Heavy tanins. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee. Lots of wood on the finish. Good dram but a bit heavy on the char which reduces complexity and domiates the palette and finish. Good value but couldn't drink a lot of it. Time in the glass brings out the coffee and chocolate notes more. A bit like a liqueur. I quite enjoyed this.

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  5. Slurp scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    I did not like it

  6. hafssol scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Of course the colour can be misleading and it's much likely due to a heavy dose of artificial colouring (is there anybody who really needs it?). While it helps making this whisky quite peculiar, it seems not so relevant for the taste, so it easily turns out as a non necessary element.
    Anyway, the Port casks give this one a quite distinctive character, starting with the liquorice and malty nose, which can even remind a Belgian beer, bitter and rounded at the same time.
    On the palate, it's quite interesting, with dark chocolate, cappuccino and mellow red fruits well mixed together. The profile is still not very complex, yet the weirdness it leaves in the mouth and in its medium length aftertaste make it something much original, yet easy enjoyable.
    In conclusion, leaving the exteriority aside, it's not only a distinctive whisky, but also a well crafted and a richly balanced one. Worth trying (again) for sure.

  7. jkswift scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I don`t get the bad reviews. It is certainly not a top class whisky and agree with Marko_I that it was likely a young wet port barrel that might have contributed to much of the taste as well as the color. However I like the bitter note that certainly reflects bitter chocolate. Additionally a higher AVB would have been beneficial.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

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

  10. nallacam scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    Take some bad barrels and put a bucket in ...
    I am a bit speechless, what a bad (whisky) ... especially if I see the price !! For less you get a Talisker 10 & Co.
    • Nose
      70 70
      Hot, echoes of sherry, iron, slightly artificial
    • Taste
      65 65
      One-dimensional, bitter
    • Finish
      60 60
      Bitter

  11. Dagobert scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    2019-05-31 Sample (Day 1 Scotland Holiday)
    Whisky Shop Dufftown Pound: 6.75.- £, in Euro = 7.58.- €

  12. Dagobert scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

  13. SVWRamius scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Solid whisky, due to the really dark color certainly something else in the glass, but over 80 does not get me.
    • Nose
      Fresh fruits, alcohol scent, smells like vita malt
    • Taste
      Soft and fruity, slightly spicy, relatively tasty
    • Finish
      Very short as I think, it remains light fruit in the background

  14. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I think the drop is fine, overpriced for 70 €, but not so common and / or bad that it is under 80P. deserves.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Plums, port, dark cherries, young alcohol, some horse stables in the background, minimal leathery and malty.
    • Taste
      81 81
      At first pleasant, sweet, plums and cherries are there, then oaky and dry. The alcohol is slightly unpleasant and out of round, but the aromas are okay
    • Finish
      81 81
      Oak and slightly sweet finish with pleasant length, followed by dryness medium to long

  15. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Too easy drinking.
    • Nose
      Caramel and a light walnut on top of a nice and rich tarte Tatin.
    • Taste
      Light syrup mouthfeel, a good amount of spices and sweetness in good balance. No peaks and it's going in quiet easely. Sweet but different from the sherry sweetness. Doesn't dry out that much at the end and is missing the sharpness. This one goes straight to my head (11 am and I had nothing to eat yet).
    • Finish
      A light bitter sweetness in a medium long finish.

  17. Gruenwhisky scored this whisky 53 points Expert Senior

    For this price i expected much more.
    • Nose
      Nice and easy
    • Taste
      Burned caramel and a little sweetness and bitter
    • Finish
      Short

  18. Cast Olila scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      74 74

  19. Goethe scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Well, there is more (or less) than the eye can see to this spirit. A huge load of E150a made this whisky quite tricky for the eye. But nevertheless it has a huge port impact on the nose and the palate. After a while in the glass the whisky became more pleasant. After all it is quite young (tastewise).

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Sweet wine, cherries in alcohol, leather soaked with glühwein, overripe dark fruits, some chocolate, marzipan, way in the back some hard cheese!
    • Taste
      Creamy honey alcohol. Spices, dark fruits, black currants, warm and sweet pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Dark stewed fruits, espresso, way in the back some burned wood.

  20. captain_k scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      64 64

  21. JohannesB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    While the nose gave me cause to doubt, the taste and finish could reconcile me. A very unusual whisky, which comes with strong aromas of wine and bitterness and mentally inevitably puts me on the Christmas table of my grandparents. I can win him quite a positive, but for my needs expandable nose costs significantly points. Too bad that the dark color is produced with sugar couleur, the natural color would be better. How much dye is actually added will be hidden from us consumers. All in all, however, there is the pang of a marketing joke.
    • Nose
      The first impression: a lot of wine. Is that still whisky? It is hard to tell if this is port or different red wine. With a little more time, you'll find more aromas: cherries, raisins, caramel and brownies topped with rum. Behind it are various Christmas spices, reminds me of my grandparents' annual Christmas punch. The alcohol is always noticeable, but not very unpleasant.
    • Taste
      Vinous and slightly sour on the first start. Then surprisingly creamy and sweet with lots of caramel, dark chocolate, blackberries, gooseberries and forest honey. The first strong bitterness of espresso is beginning, and we will find it equally again in the finish. The alcohol takes fortunately back, what remains is a slightly peppery pungency.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the heavily burned barrels take the lead. Cocoa, walnuts, espresso ... Very dark and at the same time tart aromas alternate with decaying fruitiness of dark berries and the last wine notes, which have little chance against the tart seasoning.

  22. XorLophaX scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Beinn Dubh, The Black, Speyside Distillery, 43% Nose: Intense notes of warmed, pickled cherries for over waffles. In addition to the sour notes of the cherries, a malty note with caramel sweetness is added. The alcohol is clearly felt. Strong nose, but little complex and quite one-dimensional. Palate: Intense flavor of sour cherries on the edge and strong bitter in the whole mouth. No bitter bitterness of wood, just bitter. Some honey is subtly in the background. finish: Fairly short, bitter finish. With a clear honey sweetness. At the end, plums and cloves. Conclusion: 72/100 points - "uncomplicated daily dram". All in all, I would say that the Beinn Dubh is a pleasing, tasty drinking whisky with rough edges and give him 86 points, but the fact that you are trying to pot the customers in advertising means massive deduction! It is advertised that the very dark color comes from the particularly strong burned out port barrels, which of course is absolute nonsense. The only reason is that extremely much sugar coupe E150a has been added to get this color. At the end then a special whisky is pretended and still charged about 70 €. To sell the customer such misinformation as a special feature is an impudence and must not be tolerated! Whisky Base link: https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/68351/beinn-dubh-the-black Link to the tasting on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/104

  23. CaskHead scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Perfect example on how color can trick your brain! There for sure is an (one!) older cask in the batch - but mostly it's young stuff and a lot E150a! Coloured newmake after all ...

  24. rottendon scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a pleasant drinking whisky, but not necessarily port-typical. What does not work is so bold in advertising. Of course, the color does not come from particularly heavily burnt port wine barrels, but from the massively mixed sugar couleur E150a. What at Cù Dhub, which costs just over 20, - €, can still be seen as a party gag or eye-catcher on the shelf, is over 60, - € and the claim to be a particularly good whisky, and especially with targeted disinformation just a joke. This can then only lead to massive deductions.
    • Nose
      Raisins open up the aromas, the alcohol does not hold back and tickles the nose a bit. Caramel and malt and cherries from the glass complete the bouquet. A little later, herbal notes appear. The nose is very strong overall. After some time you will find dried apricots, the malt is on the nose. Tart cherry notes and caramel are heated to become dominant and intense, but overall the malt flattened.
    • Taste
      Relatively creamy with distinct bitterness, but after a few moments are superimposed by a strong honey sweetness. Also sour and cesty notes are to be found.
    • Finish
      Sweet it sounds sweet, honey sweetness, which, as it fades, slowly turns into sugariness and leaves behind some menthol. Later, a slight bitterness on the palate, but overall, the finish is rather short.

  25. rottendon scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      74 74

  26. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A sweet and satisfying malt with a bit of heat in it. Nicely balanced
    with delicate dried fruits, delicious treacle honey and a lingering
    coffee-ish roastiness. Not very complex, but intensely flavoured and
    pleasant to drink.

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    • Nose
      Rich and intense with dried fruits - dark cherries, sultanas, raisins -
      that open up in layers. This is complemented by a touch of roasted oak
      flavours, such as caramell. Pleasant alcohol on the nose with demerara
      sugar and some herbal notes in the back. Under the big fruitiness there
      is a whiff of nutty flavours and lingering oak spice.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy with dominating dried fruits again, treacle, molasses
      and a slightly bitter note of black currants as well. This is followed
      by a warming spiciness of oak, pepper and herbal notes. Sticky dark
      honey arrives together with rich black chocolate and lingering cinnamon.
      Nicely mouth-coating.
    • Finish
      A medium to long finish. Rich, sweet and warm with dark stewed fruits
      and a slightly bitterness. Delicious dark honey sticks on the tongue
      while lingering coffee notes and oak spice lead to a dry end.

      WITH
      WATER: Fresher on the nose, but stays sweet with some additional herbal
      notes and lingering malty flavours. Rich and sweet on the palate with an
      increasing hot spiciness and prickling oak. Medium length finish with a
      bitter sweet aroma of honey, coffee, spice and dry oak.

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