Black Bottle Scotch
Staff Pick

Black Bottle Scotch

Item # 14821 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$149.76/ Case of 6
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Tasting Notes

Starts off with ginger-spice and seaside aromas, yet there is a bit of fruitiness to balance out the smoky finish. This is a must-try for cocktail mixers.

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Staff Pick Notes

I usually save my resounding exclamations for the end of a Staff Pick, but you need to know this up front. Buying the Black Bottle was the best $20 I've ever spent on whisky! It's a smooth blended whisky with notes of sweet malt, Speyside fruit, dry peat, sea salt, and earthy smoke. It's an ideal dram for those of you who want to dip your toes into the pool of peated whiskies without plunging into the deep end with bottles like Ardbeg, Laphroaig, or Lagavulin. Every whisky drinker needs an everyday sipper on his or her shelf, something that won't empty the wallet when it needs replacing. For me, it's the Black Bottle.

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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