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The BLACK BULL is Loosed!!

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The BLACK BULL is Loosed!!

Postby St.Peat » Fri Aug 31, 2001 8:27 am

Hi, all -- I have been asking around about a blended scotch called Black Bull. It is something of a find at 50% ABV. It says it's "blended and bottled by George Willshire & Co. Ltd., Dundee, Scotland -- imported to the US by John Gross & Co., Baltimore, Maryland".

I bought it last night and tasted it just now. I purchased it at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, California, at $33 US, in a screw-top 750ml bottle. http://www.beltramos.com/

My first impressions are: it doesn't seem as strong as 50% ABV. Perhaps that is an attribute. It has a complex taste that is reminiscent of The Macallan, but also a bit of back-of-the-tongue/soft palate Bowmore-10. Probably a similar perfumey note as the B-10 that does that, though it isn't as strong in the nose. There weren't any typical Islay characteristics to speak of, so this may just be a similar perfumey-ness, rather than indicative of Bowmore in the blend. The finish is nice and long, and whatever sherried malt they used (Mac?) comes through in the early moments of the finish, tapering off after a bit. I really enjoyed this one -- both neat, and lightly diluted.

These notes are somewhat primitive -- I have only tasted about two dozen malts so far, and only purchased 15 for my cabinet, so if someone with a more experienced nose and palate wishes to find the Bull and enter the ring, be my guest! Image

Any more 100-proof blends out there?
Slainte!! -- St.Peat

[This message has been edited by St.Peat (edited 31 August 2001).]
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Postby Opi » Mon Sep 03, 2001 10:19 pm

Hi Peat,
you should look for William Grant´s 100° Proof Superior Strength Blended. (Grant from the Balvenie and the Glenfiddich). There exists also many different bottlings of Grant´s : e.g. Family Reserve (no age), Classic (18yo)
A good opportunity to compare the 100° proof with the more regular versions.

Slainte Opi.
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Macallan 12 yo

Postby itchington » Fri Oct 05, 2001 10:22 am

Recently tasted Macallan 12yo & 18yo side by side in Spain.
The 12yo was superlative, the 18yo not quite so.
Seems we cannot purchase 12yo in UK?
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Postby SpeedyJohn » Fri Oct 05, 2001 12:26 pm

Dear Itch:

You're results are a bit surprising. What year was the 18yo? There have been some "disappointing" years of the Mac18, especially some recent ones. But, even those less-than-stellar Mac18s have been very good when ranked against the full spectrum of single malts, including the Mac12. In fact, the Mac18 is one of my Top Ten malts. IMHO, it is richer, more complex and ultimately more satisfying the any Mac12 I have ever had. What was it about the Mac12 that made it superlative to you and the Mac18 less so?

Slainte,
SJ
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Postby itchington » Fri Oct 05, 2001 5:15 pm

I have the 18yo in front of me as I write.
1982 vintage.
IMVHO the 12yo was richer with seemingly more body - but it's not with me now.
FYI - a litre bot was £21 in Barcelona
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Postby SpeedyJohn » Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:02 pm

I can't aruge with your findings, since I have not tried the 1982 "vintage" of Mac18. And, based on your findings, I'm sort of glad I haven't. Around these parts (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), the Mac 18 is a special-order item that runs $100US. Too much to spend on a thin version of a classic.

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Postby jonno » Sat Oct 20, 2001 5:01 pm

FYI only, and probably not useful!!!
Macallan 12yo available in duty free and I saw the new 1983/18 yo in Harrods for about 45 pounds.
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