Review: Black Bull Blended Scotch 12 Years Old

Review: Black Bull Blended Scotch 12 Years Old

black bull 12 years oldSlogan: 50% malt, 50% grain, 50% abv.

This whisky from the independent bottlers at Duncan Taylor and Co. is half malt whisky and half grain, and far better than that pedigree might imply. Normally blended Scotch is relegated to the second tier of the whisky world, but this is a real knockout of a whisky.

Deep with sweet honey, vanilla, and sherry character but infused with peaty smokiness, it’s a whisky that has a little something for everyone. The nose is light but the attack is big and burly — yet perfectly balanced with this smokiness and brine laced throughout. That smoke lingers on the finish, but never becomes bitter in the slightest, with a touch of honey coming back at the very end, enticing you into another sip… which I certainly obliged until my sample bottle was sadly gone.

100 proof.


Black Bull Blended Scotch 12 Years Old




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Christopher Null on November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Allen – Find a good bar that’s well stocked with Scotch and Bourbon and start exploring. Makes much more sense to drink that way than buying full bottles!

  2. allen on November 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I’m brand new to Whiskey drinking. Lost all my vices when I was diagnosed with diabetes and I don’t smoke. So, I’ve taken up the W.
    Is there any beginners guide to Whiskey (i.e. how to drink, shop, collect, etc)?
    So far we’ve just played around with Jameson, Johnny Drum, JW Blue and Woodford Reserve. Since I don’t hit bars very often it’s not the easiest thing in the world to test out different Whiskeys. You’re site has been a treat to find.
    Any thoughts?

  3. broo on February 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    vere Gome Good .. ‘ yes

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