Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle from Burn Stewart is a relatively recent addition to the liquor stores of British Columbia. When I first noticed it my curiosity was piqued, but having no prior knowledge of it, and no knowledge of the brand in general, I viewed it with a blank slate of opinion. That is, until a Scotch loving young friend of mine recommended it as a good bargain buy.
Since I was heading away from civilization for a month, it seemed a good time to grab a bottle of the black and be done with the suspense.
While I have to admit that it made for a good friend on cold and windy days, I was also a bit disappointed with its lack of flavour and bite; too sweet and simplistic. At least it was relatively cheap at $30.
Appearance: very golden orange.
Nose: surprisingly little, some buttered popcorn.
Palate: warm honey, hazelnut cream, a touch of peat.
Finish: peaches, then Listerine Original mouthwash… in a good way.
Rating: not a great blend, at least it’s cheap! Blend Mark 70/100, price Okay.
P.S. In doing some research, I learned that the older version of Black Bottle (confusingly released in green bottles) is universally considered to have been much better than this current edition.