Black Bottle offers a characterful blended scotch with good structure and strong flavours. A delight amongst insipid vanilla & lemon blends that let far to much youthful grain spirit shine. An easy equal to many a single malt and much more chewy and substantial than JW Black Label (for example). This has rapidly become my ‘go to’ Blended scotch. 83/100
Long, sweet and smoky and medicinal and meaty.
Overall Another superb blended malt from J.G. Thomson redolent of classic Islay notes, smoke, phenols, meaty, coastal and sherried to boot. 85/100
A superb festive expression, full of the flavours of Christmas or in other words a bit of a well-balanced sherry bomb. 85/100
A sweet blended malt with plenty of fruit and also quite defined oak cask influence. 83/100
Solid. A touch non-descript in places though I often find with blends it can be hard to discern distinct taste notes. A good mixture of sweet and peat without resorting to too much ‘cask’ influences. 83/100
Everything in moderation here, lots of sweet honey and caramel delivered beautifully. 84/100
Entertaining, with generous contributions from sherry, grain spirit, malt and peat. A touch metallic and solventy in places. Sherry, spice and smoke. 82/100
This 13 year old Scallywag Blended Malt definitely has some great qualities to it, mouthfeel/texture is excellent despite a touch of rubber on the nose and spice on the palate. It is redeemed well in the finish where chocolate/malt returns.
A great sherry-influenced blended malt, quite rich and toffee’d but very easy drinking as it comes. 84/100
Quite a surprise to find this is the same Peat offering but at Cask Strength, I think I much preferred the reduced version for drinking. Surprisingly different considering this is just the same whisky at higher ABV! 82/100