Beinn Dubh

Beinn Dubh Single Malt Whisky

1. What they say

The Black Mountain Legend

The local BEINN DUBH Ruby Black Single Malt Scotch Whisky, itself POTENT and MYSTERIOUS, uses water from the Cairngorm Black Mountain and is perfectly finished in toasted ruby port casks from Portugal.

‘Black Mountain’ is how professor Norma Collie (University College, London) described Ben Macdui, the highest peak of the Cairngorm mountains, after his solo climb to the summit in 1891.

The highland mountain ranges in Scotland are wild and magnificent places that attract many international visitors, but their slopes have a darker side that has terrified many people throughout the years. It is claimed that the mountains are haunted.

The local village ladies claim that the Beinn Dubh Black Whisky even has magical aphrodisiac powers!

Eitherway, the “Black Mountain” is truely hauntingly powerful.

We import ruby port casks for our finishing process directly from Portugal where the finest port is made.

Tanoaria Josafer Lda, established in 1962 craft the Ruby Port casks that give Beinn Dubh its unique colour.

Our whisky is matured in charred casks to produce a unique “ruby black” whisky.

The short film shows a small part of the process used to create each and every cask.

Scotch Whisky must be matured in oak casks for a minimum of three years, and is often matured much longer. ‘Finishing’ is an extension of the maturation process, when the spirit is subsequently filled into empty casks that previously held other wines or spirits for a further relatively short period at the end of maturation.


2. Official tasting notes

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3. Details

  • ABV 43%
  • Age NAS
  • Bottler OB
  • Bottling Beinn Dubh
  • Cask Ruby Port Cask Finish
  • Category Single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost £65
  • Origin The Speyside Distillery
  • Region Speyside
  • Released ?

4. What I say

This Black whisky is from Speyside distillery, sampled as part of the #SpeysideDistillery tweet tasting hosted by Steve @TheWhiskyWire.

5. The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

  • Colour Dark Auburn (17/20), oily, medium tears and medium legs.
  • Nose Fruity, fruit cocktail in syrup, a touch of treacle, sherried, raisins, fruit and nut bars, oak wood and earthy chocolate, black forest gateaux.
  • Taste Medium-light bodied, forest fruits, raisins, liqourice, treacle toffee, black forest gateaux, some hints of woody tannins and cask char later with some dry clove
  • Finish Long, drying and spiced initially, clove and black pepper but still fruity sweet.

6. Overall

Enjoyable but perhaps doesn’t quite deliver what you would expect from the colour. This still has that classic Speyside distillery medium-light spirit style. Plenty of fruit and chocolate from the cask maturation and later some tannins and pleasant spices keep things interesting.

7. Score 84/100

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