Black Bottle offers a unique, deeply layered and ultra-versatile blend of top single malt and grain whiskies. Fresh and floral on the nose with whiffs of new-sawn oak and a hint of smoke, it opens onto a rich and silky palate with delicate smoke and peat balanced by sweet oak and honey, to end on a lingering finish of spice.
As its name suggests, Black Bottle was originally presented in a black bottle, when it was launched by the Graham brothers in 1879 in Aberdeen, Scotland. They soon developed a loyal following for their rich and delicately smoky whisky that they brought to market in a distinctive black bottle sourced from Germany. When World War I interrupted their supply, the brothers were forced to switch to a regular green bottle.
Now, more than a century later, Black Bottle has brought back its distinctive black bottle. In keeping with the history, the recipe has also been revised to bring it in line with the original product. Black Bottle is an authentically bold, layered and complex whisky that has developed an international cult following over the years.
It retails for around R300 per 750ml bottle, from selected liquor outlets countrywide, as well as via www.vinoteque.co.za.
MR LEE FRASER