Review: Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Black Bottle 1.jpg
Scottish Malt and Grain Whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This whisky used to be quite a smoky blend, but in 2013 Burn Stewart reverted to a slightly older style with less smoke and more richness. After blending the whiskies, they recask into new virgin oak. Components include tobermory, ledaig, bunnahabhain, and deanston. By the way, Distell (who own all of those distilleries) do a terrific job - they are generally transparent about what is going into the whiskies, and, so it would appear, they value their connoisseur consumers - rare, these days.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: P037414 L3 09:04 16039

  • Bottling Date: ~2017

The nose is a mix of light fruit, heavy dried fruit notes, nuts, and smoke: apple, hard pear, prune, raisins, roasted almond, wood charcoal, clove, black pepper, and banana bread. The palate continues from the nose – golden syrup, malt loaf, light orchard fruit, dried apricot, charred new oak, a peppery sulphur-y spiciness, light smoke, and some more hard, green pear. The finish is lightly smoky, with dried fruits (apricot and raisin), nutmeg, and a bit more charred oak. Lightly tannic, too.

Hard to do better than this in Scotch at this price.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $30. It might be the best bottle of Scotch in Canada under $40.