A bottle of the 2013 relaunched Black Bottle. Owners Burn Stewart have decided to return the brand to its original 1879 roots, including the black glass that gave the blend its name. With less of a focus on Islay, there is less peatiness than hitherto, with the smoky flavours being balanced with increased fruitiness and elegance.
NOSE: Fresh and floral with freshly sawn oak aromas. Spicy with hints of smoke.
PALATE: Silky, mellow and fruity with balanced smoky / peaty flavours then sweet oak and heather honey.
FINISH: Soft, elegantly spicy, nutmeg, pepper and a gentle lingering smokiness.