Black Bottle

Country: Scotland
Type: Blended Scotch
Bottler: Burn Stewart Distillers
ABV: 40%
Score: 88 points

Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky. Image courtesy Burn Stewart Distillers. This classic blend traditionally uses malts from most of the Islay distilleries, and the recipe was tweaked in late 2013 along with a new bottle design. The nose remains smoky, but not overwhelming with touches of honey, heather, and vanilla. Smoke and peat build up gradually on the palate, along with honey, vanilla, berries, and a subtle hint of brine leading into the finish, which is gentle, long, and smooth with a slight spiciness that shows itself slowly. Very nice. (October, 2014)

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