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Black Bull is een blend containing grain and malt in equal mesure, fifty-fifty. What makes Black Bull so special is the fact that both the grain and malt whisky were put together after distillation in the late ‘80s of last century to mature for over 30 years together. I believe they call it married at birth.
The nose is juicy and succulent. Loads of dark fruit like raisins and figs, but also coconut and banana. Hints of choclates, filled with liqueur. Orangettes. Menthol? Nah, eucalyptus. Espresso, the sweetened kind. Very balanced.
It is creamy and spicy (nutmeg, cloves, ginger) on the palate. The chocolate and liqueur return, as does the espresso. The whole is upholstered with cherries, mashed banana with brown sugar and some apple pie. This is truly great.
The finish is pretty long, spicy on tobacco leafs and chocolate.
Well, speaking of a successful marriage. They say 30 years in matrimony is a pearl wedding. This Black Bull 30 is definitely a pearl. Oh, look, I just scored a blend 90 points.