First blended in 1879 by Gordon Graham, Black Bottle has been a UK secret for decades but only recently have they come out with a 10 year aged version. As it says on the label, "Finest Scotch Whisky With A Heart Of Islay." That heart being all seven current Islay distillers which are.....say it with me now...
As further stated on the back label, "Black Bottle 10 Year Old challanges the rules of deluxe whiskies....." A pretty bold statement and one that is thankfully true. If you are an Islay fan then just in time for Christmas you can treat yourself to a great spirit without breaking the bank.
Being that the bottle itself is really black you can't tell how much of this golden yellow spirit you have left so I'd advise keeping two in stock unless you have a few other Islays around to fall back on if your Black Bottle runs dry. The nose is pure Islay with seaweed and salt running neck and neck with a underlaying spiciness. The tasting is thick, chewy, malty flood of oily peat.covering your tongue in such a way that it makes you salivate thinking of your next sip. The finish is by far the longest I've ever had for a blended whisky. The peat flavor just camps out in your mouth for a good long time until you start the cycle again.
There are blends that use some Islay but there is only one that uses ALL Islay. This could easily be a $50 bottle and would still be a great buy. At the $30 I paid it is a steal. An ACE for sure .
Edited by AVB, 18 November 2006 - 08:58 PM.