Single malt whisky - tasting notes

12 Aug 2011

Black Bull Special Reserve no.1

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

Black Bull is the brand of blended whiskies made by Duncan Taylor. I can confirm they’ve done an excellent job with Black Bull 30yo and Black Bull 40yo and even the youngest member, Black Bull 12yo, has just won a IWSC award.

Now there’s a limited Special Reserve. It doesn’t mention an age.

 

Black Bull Special Reserve n°1Black Bull ‘Special Reserve No. 1’
(46,6%, Duncan Taylor 2011, 978 btl.)

Nose: quite rich with hay and a light bread crust, mixed with a nice coconut / vanilla / banana combination that is so typical for grain whisky. Some nutty aromas (sweet almonds). Oranges. Cinnamon. Honey. Everything is wrapped in elegant old oak. Great balance with an emphasis on the malt contents. Mouth: dry start, joined by slightly bitter notes before moving towards sweeter, fruitier notes. Honey, yellow raisins, a little toffee. Vanilla again. But there’s always a slightly bitter edge of cereals, oak and orange zest. Finish: quite long, with mocha and honey as well as drier spices.

Another great Black Bull, with plenty of elements that are more typical to (old) malts than to regular blends. Probably a “compact” blend of only a few casks, usually they are very good. Probably around € 120, expected in stores soon.

Score: 86/100

Black Bull Special Reserve no.1 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-12

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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