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Walking the Dogs

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@VictorReview by @Victor

7th Jul 2014


Black & White
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James Buchanan @ Co. makes Black & White Blended Scotch whisky. The label portrays two Scottish Terriers, one black and one white. The reviewed bottle was opened yesterday, and sampled yesterday and today. My thanks to Dr. Feng for the bottle

Nose: in just one day this nose went from muted to very full. There is a lot of sweet fragrant grape wine, like one of the more gentle Speyside or Lowland wine-influenced malts. This nose is very much like Glengoyne 10 yo malt, a "Highland" malt impersonating a mild Speyside or Lowland style, or like Aberlour 10 yo. The barley malt is very noticeable, and judging from the nose, I really don't notice any "grain whisky" influence. A hint of salt. Very nice nose

Palate: on the palate both the barley and the "grain" flavours are very sharp and hard, much harder than in the nose. There is tart sour lemon citrus together with an enormous amount of honeyed sweetness. A little more salt than in the nose. Wine flavours are still noticeable around the edges

Finish: pretty long finish with the flavours holding up well; the grain remains very firm and very sharp

Balance: there is a lot of flavour here for a 40% abv blended Scotch. The balance of sweet, sour, and some bitter is very nicely done, and it is a very dynamic balance...as though each of these strong flavours is speaking to you in a very loud voice. On day 1 of opening, this bottle of Black & White was rather muted. Not today. I like it. I like it a lot

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Victor commented

Three years later, I am trying some of the last 30% of this reviewed bottle of Black & White Blended Scotch. I still like this bottle of Black & White very much. It is crisp and flavourful, with mostly barley and wheat flavours. There is a just a hint of wine. This is one for those who enjoy sharp and vivid flavours coming from barley and wheat.

Sadly my county system no long stocks 750 ml bottles of Black & White. If I want more after this bottle from a close at hand source I would have to buy a 1.75 Litre bottle. I am unlikely to do that, despite the very reasonable price of $ 32.99 plus 9% tax.

6 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Reading reviews like this one and your comment is very discouraging. I have trouble getting through a 350 cc bottle of something I'd like to try but not necessarily go for regularly.

If only the bottlers would provide 200cc bottles of everything, we could expand our whisky horizons so much more... and waste less.

6 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, 200 ml does seem like an ideal size, doesn't it? Plenty to get to know a whisky, but not too much to hang around.

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