Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
First Blending Co. (FBCo)
Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 928156F
Added on
06 Aug 2015 7:36 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 19.17

3 × in wishlist

80 × member ratings

196 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Label 5 Classic Black

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 61.74 points

  1. holborndrinker scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    An ideal blend for people who love coffee - pour it in a mug with a decent brew and it's probably alright.  On its own it's a bit shy...
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      63 63

  2. claymore84 scored this whisky 50 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on March 27th, 2021 during a blind tasting with the friendly Mr. Z. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Ru6Rd7Sng&ab_channel=FriendlyMr.Z)

  3. Svjatogor scored this whisky 33 points Expert Senior

    alcohol, sweet

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      73 73
      Light, delicately fruity, some oak and a hint of vanilla.
      Slightly sugary like red lollipops at a fair, slightly alcoholic.
    • Taste
      74 74
      Slightly spicy but soft with a slightly malty sweetness, hint of fruit, oak notes ...
    • Finish
      74 74
      Soft, balanced with a slight sweetness and delicate tart oak notes, not bitter.

  5. Floor scored this whisky 44 points Member Senior

    Only good for mixing. Not that I expected a more for the price...

  6. Kilo1 scored this whisky 45 points Expert Junior

    You can drink, but still very young and quick, for lack of something more interesting you can buy at a discount.

  7. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Pale to medium golden orange. oily.

    Nose: Sweet and fruity. Vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, orange, apple, brown sugar. Simple but pleasant.

    Palate: Light heat, massive sugar and honey, vanilla, toffee, citrus and apple. Decently full body.

    Finish: Spicy, peppery wood and honey vanilla.

    With Water: Sweeter, mellower. Finish is bitterer as well.

    Overall: Very sweet and desserty. Tasty and enjoyable but certainly not complex. Hard to beat for the price, coming in as something like the sweet version of a Teacher’s.

  8. quintenmaterne scored this whisky 27 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      40 40
    • Taste
      28 28
    • Finish
      14 14

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 57 points Connoisseur

    A pretty simple blend for a good price.
    • Nose
      juicy pears, honey and malt (?), slightly alcoholic, vanilla;
    • Taste
      mild, round, soft, citrus fruits, sweetness, oak, increasing spiciness, but rather one-dimensional;
    • Finish
      short but slightly bitter alcoholic sharpness in the finish;

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

    Easily Forgotten
    La Martiniquaise, a French company, owns this very cheap blend. You can easily find it in the supermarket. It was first launched in 1969. Since 2008 Glen Moray is an important part of this blend (that’s when the distillery was purchased from Glenmorangie PLC). In 2009 it was actually one of the top ten blends sold with France as the most important market. In 2010 La Martiniquaise even opened the Starlow Grain Distillery to provide bulk for this blend. A bottle sets you back less than 15 EUR.

    The nose offers only three things: cavaillon (melon), honey and butterscotch. Oh, wait. I get some candied sugar and allspice. It fulfills the expectations insofar as they were very low to begin with.

    The mouthfeel is ridiculous. Watery on the palate and very weak taste-wise. I get a bit of melon, sugar and a floral hint, but also something metallic that tunes out everything else. Pity, but this goes south very quickly.

    The finish is shorter than the time needed for the platoon of cyclists to pass your caravan (Tour De France, anyone?).

    The nose was not much, the palate even less and the finish… what finish? One to quickly forget. But, hey, what did you expect?


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