Review: Black Bull Blended Scotch Whisky 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.

A / $54 /

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4 Responses

  1. allen November 30, 2009 / 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?

  2. Christopher Null November 30, 2009 / 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!

  3. broo February 22, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    vere Gome Good .. ‘ yes

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