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This is the discontinued old bottling of Black Bottle. It was nice to get a full bottle of this bang for the buck blended whisky, which has malt from almost every distillery in Islay (Kilchoman not included). Grain whisky is from Speyside, Highland and Lowland.
Islay surely is written all over it, but it isn't nowhere near a peat monster. Apparently it has more smoke, than the new bottling, which is dominated by Bunnahabhain. So the relaunch of Black Bottle in 2013 has less Islay influence.
Even though the bottle in this old version isn't the German-made black glass, that they used originally and are duplicating in the new version, Black Bottle's old presentation is like The Dark Knight. It is dark by taste.
Nose: Starts nicely with smoke that fades away a bit too quickly. Still nice, like fading bonfire. Peat with hints of fruits and salty sea air.
Taste: Peaty and peppery. Hints of sweet and fruity notes. Oak with smoking coal and little bit of honey.
Finish: Lasts nicely, giving a bit spicy feel with charcoal kinda touch. The grains are present, but in a good way. Some burnt sugar as well.
Balance: Smooth but spicy and strong. Nice blended whisky.