Tasting Notes for Black Bull 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky (50% abv)
Nose: Robust, chunky aromas of chocolate, toffee, sherry, vanilla and lemon sherbet.
Palate: Smooth, mellow and rounded. Milk chocolate, treacle toffee, pears, green apples and lots of sweet vanilla.
Finish: Some heavier fruity notes emerge with creamy notes coming through.
The award-winning Black Bull range of Scotch whiskies was first produced as a blend by the Dundee-based blenders George Willsher & Company in the 1860s, and came to prominence after the repeal of prohibition in the U.S. in the 1930s. The original concept and philosophy of Black Bull was to blend with a high malt content and bottle at 100 proof (50% abv) and in small batches, a philosophy which current custodians Duncan Taylor stay true too to this day.
Using only the highest quality 12 year old malt and grain whiskies from select distilleries in Scotland, and matured in the finest sherry and bourbon casks, Black Bull 12 is blended to a formula of 50% malt to 50% grain whisky, and staying true to the philosophy passed down since the 19th Century, is bottled at a hearty 50% abv, without the use of chill filtration. This robust but versatile blend can be served neat, with water, or as a component of cocktails.
International Wine & Spirits Competition: 93 Points - 2019
San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold Medal - 2016
Duncan Taylor was founded in Glasgow in 1938 where the company was initially a merchant and broker of Scotch whisky casks within the Industry. Over the decades, the company built strong ties with distillers and distilleries over Scotland, with the company bringing their own casks to the distilleries to be filled with new make spirit. This resulted in one of Scotland’s largest collections of cask whiskies from distilleries – many of which are now closed – maturing in the Duncan Taylor warehouses today.
In 2002 Duncan Taylor moved its headquarters to Huntly, on the periphery of Speyside, Scotland’s largest whisky producing region, where it has its own facilities for cask storage, bottling, a cooperage and very soon, its own distillery. At that time, Duncan Taylor also ceased the “brokering” of whisky casks to distillery companies and bottlers to focus on the production and marketing of its own brands, and diversifying the portfolio with the addition of gin and rum.
Producer Duncan Taylor Style Blended Scotch Whisky Age A minimum of 12 years Volume 70CL ABV 50%