We tried it on tasting that included Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10 and it stood right up there with them. It was actually a 3-week tasting while we were on a wilderness canoe trip. Our goal, by the end of the trip, was to determine which was the best. We concluded it was Black Bottle because it was so smooth. (Ardbeg 10 was a little too hot for me, but few drops of water cut the fire). Since then we have jumped up a notch in price and quality and now Lagavulin 16 is at the top of the list.
Bob & Jill, Colorado
Bob & Jill wrote:...Black Bottle actually is a single malt. It’s a blend of Islay single malts.
It's still a blend, regardless of where the components come from. I've read great things about Black Bottle also (http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/b ... ky814.html) especially given its price.
WM, my local shop and other sources lead me to believe it is a blend, and the "It only contains malt from the seven active Islay distilleries" to me means that its malt section is made up purely from those seven distilleries, not 'soley' made from those seven distilleries.
the most obvious thing at last, like always.
On the bottle it says at the top of the label "Distilled, Blended and Bottled in Scotland".
On the back label "Black Bottle 10 Years Old challenges the rules of deluxe whiskies - its heart is made entirely of Islay malts from each of the island´s seven distilleries, blended with the finest grain whiskies. ..."
Sorry for the misleading post above.
When you drink it, you feel immediately the presence of the grain and the nice islay flavours. It is peaty, but light and smooth at the same time. Different from malts, but enjoyable.
I knew there was a term for what I wanted to say, namely a vatted malt, not single malt. However, Bob informed me that Black Bottle may not even be a vatted malt (single malt from more than one distillery). He asked his whisky consultant at the liquor shop and was told the BB formulation is secret. Anyway, it sure tastes like a blend of Islay distilleries’ single malts.
Question for those that know, do bottlers list the words “vatted malt” on the label when it actually is one?
Bob & Jill, Colorado
Virginia Gentleman wrote:I normally only like to buy single malts but I have been reading some very good reviews of Black Bottle 10yr. I am interested in what others think of this blend.
I like it but I prefer the standard bottling which I find to be smoother and richer. If you can lay your hands on Islay Mist, then that is another one to get.
I am a big Islay whisky fan, just to give an idea of my tastes.
black bottle fine old scotch whisky - a blend of all the islays - 40%
color: light straw
nose: peppery, tequila-like
mouthfeel: decent alcohol burn....long after...keeps in the gums..back of mouth
taste: peat top notes, earth must, wintergreen
nose with water: buttery, starch,
taste with water: woodsy, pine, menthol
lawschooldrunk wrote:how does black bottle compare to compass box- the peaty one? or john, mark, and robbo's the smoky,peaty one?
Haven't had the new peaty one but the original was better than the BB (bit of an unfair comparison) but it's way better than the smoky peaty one ( on another planet in a little space ship....) .
K-Mile wrote:lawschooldrunk wrote:john, mark, and robbo's the smoky,peaty one
This is a whisky?
The names kids come up with these days
That company no longer exists, has gone to the Angels I guess, things didn't work out unfortunately.
The "Smokey Peaty One" is highly variable, one bottle was absolutely amazing and very much like the Talisker 1992 DE...the next bottle was kind of bland...until I tossed in a few drams of Laphroaig 10yr into the bottle! They are also selling this at Total Wine & Spirits, so possibly they are producing it mostly for a couple of big retailers and no longer targeting the mom-n-pop stores.
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