Tasting and Review by Daniel & Rex in the Whisk(e)y Vault
The Island of Islay is renowned all over the world for its intensely powerful and charismatic Scotch whiskies. Black Bottle is totally unique in being created from whiskies from all seven of the famous distilleries on Islay. Its spiritual home is the Bunnahabhain distillery in the north-east of the Island.
Black Bottle was created in 1879 by Gordon Graham and Co. based in Aberdeen. The three Graham brothers – (Charles Innes, Gordon and David) original business was tea but they switched their attention to whisky blending. Soon the popularity of the whisky spread through the East Coast fishermen who favoured it on long sea journeys.
Black Bottle’s name came from its original bottle design based on black German glass and echoing the traditional pot whisky still. In 1914, following the outbreak of war, production was switched to green glass as it is to be found today.
Black Bottle has long been regarded as one of the smoothest and most balanced of the Scotch Whiskies.
The skilful craft of blending only the finest malt and grain whiskies delivers a wonderfully balanced and whisky experience. Fresh and fruity on the nose it combines full, honeyed and delightfully smoky flavours that set it apart.
The tasting experience is rounded off with a long and warming finish.
Gold in colour blended whisky
It has a wonderful albeit slight sweetness
Well balanced with just the right amount of smokiness
The finish is long and warming