Tasting Notes (2) The insider’s guide to good drinking. It was encased in a unique black glass bottle, however, the 1st world war meant that supplies ceased and the standard green bottle was introduced. whisky-pages – Another postive review, I think they found it to be a bit more peaty and phenolic than I did. Some wisps of chimney smoke emerge here, but they aren’t the focus of the spirit. A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night. Share on Pinterest. The Malt contents of this blend are not known but you can safely assume it contains Malt Whisky from the distilleries owned by Burn Stewart i.e. Let’s be absolutely clear that this Black Bottle has virtually nothing in common (except, well, a black bottle) with the Black Bottle of yesteryear, so don’t come crying to me that “it’s just not like it used to be.” No, it’s not. The palate is surprisingly full bodied, but mostly typical of blended Scotch. A 10-year-old Black Bottle blended whisky, released in January 2020 after a decade in American oak casks – the first release from the brand in over 20 years. Aromas of honey, ripe fruit and vanilla burst through the nose, complementing rich notes of oak, soft fruit and smoky spice on the palate. Black Bottle is a brand that has been around since the late 1800s, originally a product brought to market by brothers Charles, David and Gordon Graham in Aberdeen, Scotland. Also on the whisky-pages web site, a great overview of Black Bottle, discussing the heritage, character, and the blend itself. Black Bottle got its name from a German-made black glass, that was used to make the bottles. 0. Explore over 150 whisky reviews, including WhistlePig Boss Hog VII, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Old Fitzgerald, and Johnnie Walker's anniversary bottles. 2019’s 13 year old B, Review: Grand Macnish Black Edition Blended Scotch, Review: Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons – 15, 20, and 23 Years Old (2020). Back in the day (at least in the late 20th century), Black Bottle was the go-to blended whisky for peat freaks. The irony of the literally Black Bottle without dark content is so big, it’s like a white guy trying to be black so hard. Black Bottle; Isle of Skye 8 y.o. With less of a focus on Islay, there is less peatiness than hitherto, with the smoky flavours being balanced with increased fruitiness and elegance. (Bladnoch) Aberlour A'bunadh; Talisker 10 y.o. Buying Guide. BLACK BOTTLE. That the whisky was made more like this, back in 1879. If you want a peaty blend, you can find those, too. Williamson 6 year old by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, GlenAllachie 10YO Batch 3 Cask Strength Single Malt, GlenAllachie 15 year old single malt review, Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release 17, Teerenpeli Distiller’s Choice Portwood Finish. The Black Bottle was also restored. It’s a real jack of all trades, master of none. Deanston, Bunnahabhain and Tobermory (Ledaig). This change in direction is a return to Black Bottle's past, as it is said to have been inspired by what the whisky was like when it was made all the way back in 1879. Black Bottle 1.5l. July 14, 2020 Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky Review I return to the supermarket aisles once more to again try to find a really good value for money, easy sipper in a time of sky-rocketing prices and often lowering quality. Whisky Magazine – Scores and notes from Michael Jackson and Jim Murray, with both giving it a 9/10 score. By Richard Thomas. They decided to change its nature – the old version (which was revitalised in 1990) was a blend of almost every Islay malt whisky and grains from different regions. Required fields are marked *. It was synonymous with loyal drinkers for its uniquely opaque black bottle. The three Aberdonian tea blender brothers decided to try their hand at blending whisky. Black Bottle (new bottling) review Black Bottle was relaunched in 2013 by Burn Stewart Distillers. Explore. Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon, Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2020 – Barrel Proof Rye. This new bottling of Black Bottle Blended Scotch whisky is a fruitier version with most of its malt coming from Bunnahabhain distillery (Islay expression known for non peated whiskies). . Check out my blog post for choosing the right one. Citrus melds with almond and nougat notes up front, melding into a pleasantly dessert-like character. Gordon Graham and Co. based in Aberdeen created Black Bottle in 1879. Hope everyone is drinking somethin, Can lightning strike twice? Fantastic whiskey and the newest addition to my already overburdened Whiskey Cabinet. The touch of grains is present in a bad way, but fortunately the malt along with oak, brings good flavors to the palate. Each time my wife comes home from a shopping spree at Homegoods I feel justified in a new purchase. Like Billy, Black Bottle is actually quite good, just in a different way. Components include tobermory, ledaig, bunnahabhain, and deanston. is a blog written by Johannes Lindblom – it has lots of whisky reviews and some industry news. Required fields are marked *. Johnnie Walker Black Label; Port Ellen 25 y.o. In fact, at the time it was said to be made from stock sourced from almost every Islay-based distillery. 0. Black Bottle was created by tea blender, Gordon Graham, in Aberdeen in 1879. Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky Review, £20. Their blending skills proved to be respectable and demand for their whisky … According to whiskey vlogger Ralfy, the blend lost its Islay charms in… Share. But for what the new Black Bottle aspires to be — a very affordable blend that is easy to sip on, mix with, or otherwise keep around the house — it gets the job done. Black Bottle is a brand that dates back to the 1879 when it was first founded by the Graham brothers, who were tea merchants from Aberdeen. BLACK BOTTLE Master Blenders gently marry a select group of malts with strict attention to peaty Islay’s, then double mature in charred virgin oak barrels for a … Must be 21+ to follow. Tasting Notes: Laws Whiskey House Henry Road Bonded Straight Malt Whiskey. in C, Scotch Whisky, Whiskey Reviews October 23, 2013 0. Greg | August 13, 2017. let’s begin. Glen Breton Rare 10 y.o. $29.25. Region: Malts from Islay, grains from Speyside, Highland and Lowland. So today it's the turn of Gordon Graham's Black Bottle to run the gambit. Share. In fact, at the time it was said to be made from stock sourced from almost every Islay-based distillery. I never tasted the old peaty Black Bottle so I can't make a comparison. Black Bottle's story begins back in 1879, when Aberdeen tea blender Gordon Graham put together a blended scotch whisky. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Buy it now on WHISKY.MY Online ! The Black Bottle brand is now owned by Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd., which also owns Bunnahabhain, so it’s also a safe bet that a lot of that distillery’s malt makes it into the blend. Review: Black Bottle Blended Scotch (2016) Christopher Null February 9, 2016 Back in the day (at least in the late 20th century), Black Bottle was the go-to blended whisky for peat freaks. WhiskyRant! , It’s round five for Yellowstone’s special-edit, Like the versatile portfolios of Loch Lomond and B, Three Chord — producer Neil Giraldo’s boutique, Newcomer Reverend Spirits hit shelves last year in, Irish whiskey matured in an IPA barrel has been do, For its next trick, Evanston, Illinois-based Few S, It’s been far too many years since we’ve revis. Ironically, the new version has black glass, but the taste is much lighter. Black Bottle faded away in the last decade (the recipe reportedly changed considerably)… until 2013, when the brand was relaunched. Redesigned, reblended, relaunched last year, the Black Bottle is a look to the past, how the whisky might have been when it was made back in 1879. Like Woody Harrelson’s character Billy Hoyle (aka Billy Ho!) Priced around $70. This is probably true but fans of the 90’s version are not happy about the “new” direction. Rating: C+. Whisky Reviews Black Bottle. Here’s Ralfy going through the old and the new version of Black Bottle: Your email address will not be published. 6 comments. Unlike any other blended whisky, Black Bottle had a rich and delicately smoky taste. Relaunched in 2013, Black Bottle Blended Scotch whisky now features a balanced mix of fruitiness and spice alongside the peaty Islay notes that the brand has been known for. The name came from a German-made black glass, which disappeared during the Great War. November 2, 2012. They decided to change its nature – the old version (which was revitalised in 1990) was a blend of almost every Islay malt whisky and grains from different regions. on. Black Bottle Scotch Review. The deep amber color of the whisky is quite inviting, as is the nose, which features attractive, if muted, notes of green apple, unripe banana, sherried orange peel, and roasted nuts. Established in the city of Aberdeen by the three Graham brothers, Charles, David and Gordon Graham in 1879, Black Bottle was a blended Scotch whisky with a heavy Speyside influence. in Ron Shelton’s movie White Men Can’t Jump. This is THE DARK KNIGHT of whisky. The Whisky Advocate Buying Guide is a powerful tool for learning, discovery, and making the most of your whisky buying budget. . Over the years, the company passed onto the hands of one Graham brother to the next until 1959 when the Black Bottle brand was acquired by other investors. So there is lot of irony in this brand: the expression is nowadays (and probably in the past) lighter while the bottle is black, from 1990’s until 2013 the expression was stronger but the glass was lighter (green). Reviewed by @Megawatt 0178/100 This is the new version of Black Bottle, which rumour has it is vastly inferior to the old Black Bottle, which ironically came in a green bottle. Black Bottle reviews (page 1 of 3) Smoked Twizzlers Black Bottle This is the new version of Black Bottle, which rumour has it is vastly inferior to the old Black Bottle, which ironically came in a green bottle. Today it is owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, who also own other well-known brands such as Ledaig and Deanston. ABV is 70cl and Volume is 70cl. Those smoky elements finally make a comeback here, but they’re cut with sweetness to the point where I think even a total peat hater would find it palatable. Share. As the palate builds, chocolate and vanilla notes emerge, with curiously exotic spice notes coming on as the finish starts to build. Sotol is typically thought of as a Mexican spirit, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Highland Distillers reformulated the blend to feature malt from all seven of Islay’s functioning distilleries, giving it a predictably peaty tang and generating a cult following. Enjoy reading and please, feel free to comment. The blended whisky was originally named for the black bottle in which the whisky was sold, this changed in 1914 with the onset of the First World War; for the previous bottle was German-made and had to be replaced, thus a green bottle was used for some time. 3. Your email address will not be published. Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. Black Bottle Profile Blended Scotch Whisky. Whisky related stuff like drinks, food, books etc. One thing is sure, this newest bottling introduces the old-style black glass bottle, which originally gave Black Bottle whisky its name. BLACK BOTTLE Master Blenders gently marry a select group of malts with strict attention to peaty Islay’s, then double mature in charred virgin oak barrels for a … Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! Black Bottle is produced by Burn Stewart Distilleries , which was sold to the Distell Group of South Africa in 2013. whisky-pages – Another postive review, I think they found it to be a bit more peaty and phenolic than I did. The whisky itself stems from Gordon Graham of the late 1800s, who launched Black Bottle in 1879 named for the black German-made glass they used in production. Since I haven't tried the green … It’s a totally different whisky. Whisky Critic. 0. Yesterday it was a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel, and what a fine purchase it was at $34. After blending the whiskies, they recask into new virgin oak. The revived Black Bottle Whisky (Credit: Burns Stewart) Whiskey history is filled with brand names that were once household words, but the vagueries of time have pushed into the background. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the old Black Bottle of old used to contain a proportion of the good stuff from almost every distillery on Islay (I’m guessing no Kilchoman). 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