Mr Gordon Bell
a copy paste of my original review of Black Bottle
A great new whisky.
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Black Bottle Blended
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. 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. This has also inspired the new old-style black glass bottle, which gave the whisky its name.
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A fan of the old Black Bottle who loves this new one
The old Black Bottle was a superb, competitively priced peat treat, that (whilst not being quite as well integrated) rivaled Johnnie Walker Black due to its fantastic price and accessibility. I enjoyed many a bottle, and still have one as a keep safe (purchased for £11.97 from Tesco as they were clearing their shelves). This new version, in a distinctive black bottle (as opposed to the previous version's green bottle) is supposed to mirror the original blend developed in 1879. Whether this is true or just a bit of nostalgic marketing who knows, but I can recommend the whisky. It has a rather ridiculously dark amber colour (even more so than the Johnnie Walker ranges) and the caramel influences (that tannin taste) is obvious. However, despite the lack of peat (which is, despite a subtle whiff, virtually non-existent) this is a superbly well rounded whisky with a bit fruity taste, herbs on the nose, toffee and caramel on the palate, a great mouth feel and a rich, almost chocolatey finish. There are undoubtedly reasons why Black Bottle has changed (industry and economic reasons) I'm sorry to say, and the heavy addition of caramel is not a good start. But once you look beyond that and accept that the old whisky has gone (unfortunately) you're still left with a whisky that is incredibly well crafted and far better value than anything else in its price range. For just £2 less you could be drinking Scottish Leader! This is like a well honed single malt compared to that! So for the naysayers, embrace change (as I have done) and enjoy this splendid dram. The result of the re-launch could of been so much worse!
21st November 2014
The peat of Islay mixed with cereal of speyside is gone. Sad. Not bad, but not nearly as good as teh previous version.
17th October 2014
The bold peaty character of an Islay which represented the previous Black Bottle is gone in this new version.
15th October 2014
What a disappointment!
My new favourite blended Scotch
Maybe if Black Bottle is new to you, you could be forgiven for thinking this is OK but to me it is a disgrace. Haven't seen Black Bottle on the shelves for a while now so was delighted to find this while out shopping today - but what a let-down. Black Bottle was always my blend of choice when fund were too low to afford Ardbeg (which, let's face it is most of the time at current pricing). Where is 'the heart of Islay'? I won't be buying this again. Big mistake messrs Graham.
12th October 2014
Most of the negative reviews here seem disappointed at how this new BB is different from the old. (I never had the old one, so am happily unburdened by such luggage...) I think that misses the point that this is an excellent blended whisky, at a price point that offers superb value. I'm not normally much of a fan of blended Scotch, I only came across this by accident when doing my weekly grocery shop, and boy am I glad I picked up a bottle! I'll go back tomorrow and get a case, before they discontinue it (my supermarket, that is - they have a bad habit of doing that, just as I discover something I like).
22nd June 2014
A good Whisky doesn't have a screw cap !!.... However I could be wrong.Well I am with this one. Outstanding for Scotch at this price.
14th June 2014
I think the people running this down have approached it the wrong way. This is not a changed or improved Black bottle but a completely new whisky. As someone else has said it is as good as double black and £13 cheaper. As soon as they get more in I shall order a half dozen more.
2nd June 2014
Mr Gordon Bell
I have tried many brands of whisky and have enjoyed most of them! However, the one whisky I keep coming back to, when I can get it (I live in deepest - darkest Staffordshire...), is Graham's Black Bottle. I am not alone in appreciating this fine blend, as I have encouraged many friends and collegues to sample frequently.... and they all agree with me, this truly is a very good, high quality blended whisky. Indeed my father, John Bell (butcher of this parish), won runner's up prize in a competition run by the distillery and won 6 very fine tumblers engraved with the whisky's label. My father loved Black Bottle and instilled into me this love and appreciation of probably the most consistently good blends on the market. I highly recommend this blend, as it is very easy to enjoy. It is not harsh on the throat and fills the mouth with a fabulous mixture of peaty, smokey, fruity, sweetness - a joy to enjoy! So do yourself a flavour...I mean favour and buy a bottle today, your tongue will thank you for it! By the way - the best way to enjoy this whisky, or any other blend for that matter, is to add a splash of water. But don't drown it! The master blender of any distillery would have your guts for garters if he saw you or anybody else, diluting away all his hard work by putting too much H 2 O in his skillfully put together work of art!
1st April 2010
31st May 2014
Ach!!!! Yeh are all full o' wind an' pish!!!!!
I thought perfection could not be improved upon. But I have to admit, I was wrong!
The "new" Black Bottle is better for going back to its roots and re-introducing Gordon Graham's original blend.
The old blend was - sorry - is very good if you are lucky enough to find it! But with the return to its roots this blend even beats that!
Graham's original blend is sweet, smooth, flavoursome, smoky, spicy. In one word - excellent!!
Buy with confidence my friends, you will not be disappointed! You will enjoy a very, very fine blend made by really skilled craftsmen.
So if you have any doubts after reading the negative comments. Take a look at the very first review. - MY review!
You will see I do have real soft spot for this whisky but now this has returned to its heritage they have really struck gold.
Disappointing - my arse! Won't finish this bottle - nonsense! Won't buy again - well mate that's your loss and all the more for me to enjoy!
My advice - buy a bottle and make up your own mind!
This is still a GREAT whisky! Don't let anybody put you off.
18th May 2014
The old blend was one of the greats, unfortunately this new blend is very poor and bears absolutely no resemblance to it's predecessor. Why they couldn't release this under a different name and keep the old blend is beyond me - for example, how many types of Famous Grouse are available now!?!
Won't be buying this again unless they revert back to their previous blend. A real shame.