Perfectly balanced with the smoke-fringed flavours of sweet oak and honey; it was a sensation like no other.
What you may not know aboout this whisky...
Most blends will boast about how their recipes have remained almost unchanged since the beginning - Black Bottle is not one of those blends.
Started in Aberdeen in 1879 by the three Graham brothers, it’s believed that the original Black Bottle would have been rich and slightly smoky given the prominence of barley malted with peat in Aberdeenshire malts. True to its name the blend was initially bottled in black glass sourced from Germany, however the outbreak of World War One saw the need for a switch to green glass.
Black Bottle remained in family hands until the late 1950’s, when it was sold and almost entirely lost the traditional, full-bodied character with which it has been associated. It became just another blend, with nothing overly special about it.
In 1995 Black Bottle was again sold, this time to Highland Distillers, who made the decision to create the blend’s recipe on malts from all of Islay’s working distilleries, centred on the lightly-peated Bunnahabhain.
Less than 10 years later, Black Bottle was once again sold. The new owners of Burn Stewart Distillers kept with the all about Islay theme until 2013, when it was decided the blend had been lost in Islay and needed to return to its north-east roots.
Master blender Ian MacMillan faced the challenge of returning Black Bottle to its heritage whilst keeping the quality the blend was renowned for. The challenge resulted in the creation of a whisky with a richness that balanced the smokiness of the blend and allowed all components to contribute to the flavour.
For the first time in almost 100 years, Black Bottle was again presented in black glass, the look and taste of the whisky once again reflecting the original ideas of the Graham brothers.