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Black Bull Deluxe 30 Year Old


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

29th Sep 2013


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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.

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WhiskyBee commented

Mark: It is indeed a truly great whisky, and certainly the finest blend I've ever tasted. Thanks for another fine review.

I can only add that this is the most-loved whisky I've ever shared with friends, whether they've been enjoying whisky for 30 years or 30 days. The highest-rated whisky in my cabinet, and one of only two blends that earns an A-minus from the L.A. Whisky Society (notoriously tough graders). It's not cheap, but with such abundance of flavors, I'd say it's a bargain.

7 years ago 0

Onibubba commented

Having this tonight at a bar in MD. Such a gorgeous sherry nose! Like Yamazaki 18 and Sonnalta PX (in my limited experience)had a baby. Great burn. Long finish. If I ever saw bottle, I would buy it. Thanks for the great review, which encouraged me to take the plunge!

7 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@Onibubba great stuff! Glad to be of assistance :) And I like your description 'Like Yamazaki 18 and Sonnalta PX had a baby). Enjoy!

7 years ago 0

Onibubba commented

How would you say this compares to compass box's the General?

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