Black Bull 12 Year Old

Black Bull 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 50%)


8.2/10
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$50.99
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A premium blended Scotch for Rugby-players and manly-men.

Duncan Taylor & Co. was founded in 1938 as a cask broker — an agent for competing distilleries and blended Scotch companies. Soon, they started showing up at distilleries with their own casks to have them filled on site. All the while they built up one of the largest privately-held collections of rare casks. In 2001, experienced industry veteran Euan Shand purchased the company and expanded into a series of new brands and blends to complement their rare cask business with six single malts, two blended malts, three blended Scotches, two Rums, and one Gin.

The Black Bull brand goes all the way back to 1864 when George Willshire developed a custom blend to sell in his retail shop in Dundee, Scotland. He followed a simple 50/50/50 recipe — 50% fine Single Malt, 50% premium Scottish grain Whisky, and bottle at 50% ABV. As they say, “No bull, just Whisky.” This formula worked and by 1974 they were exporting a million bottles per year to the United States alone. There are now seven products in the Black Bull line, and Black Bull 12 YO is the core offering — a blend of classic Highland single alts and Lowland grains married in ex-Bourbon casks for a full twelve years of maturation.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Whisky
  • Region
    Scotch Whisky
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery
    Duncan Taylor
  • Age

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caramel
milk chocolate
lemon
vanilla
apple
milk
cherry
butter
sweet sherry
What does Black Bull 12 Year Old taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Black Bull 12 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Red fruits, cherry, toffee, and lemon curd

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Milk chocolate, apple, butter toffee

Finish
Silky and strong
Ratings & Reviews
Zachary
Zachary,
Fantastic!
 
Steven
Steven,
A great tasting blended scotch.
 
Craig
Craig,
This is a good blended scotch. Hard to find in my area. I like it best with a single ice cube. Pretty hot (harsh) otherwise. If it were priced closer to Johnny Walker Black, I may like it as much or more. At the price point it is at, I prefer a number of single malts.
 
Jasson
Jasson,
Very enjoyable blend with a very high ABV. I thought it was much more harsh on the palette than some of the 45-50% bottles I've tried recently (See: Cutty Sark's Prohibition bottle - very good!), but ultimately a great bottle of whisky for $50 USD.
 
Charles
Charles,
Really loved this at the start of my whiskey journey, a Speyside/Highlander with plenty of barley sugar and honey. Half grain, half malt, but you wouldn't know it, very good quality for around 50 usd. Anyone early in their whiskey journey looking to move up from Chivas or Johnnie walker, this is a great direction. You won't find peat in here......
 
shane
shane,
Every flavor right on!
 
Michael
Michael,
Honestly a very good blend. Great notes and a bit of smoke as well. I purchased this on accident and have zero regrets whatsoever.
 
Michael
Michael,
A hint of a Smokey flavor and a soothing burn. This whiskey makes me think about its flavors hours after I have tried it. Well worth buying a bottle
 
Baylan
Baylan,
8.9
 
Gary
Gary,
Sweet and buttery with a little lemon. Very smooth!
 
John
John,
Great! Charge your Bull!!!
 
Stephen
Stephen,
This is a good scotch. Smokey but with enough other flavors to make it delicious
 
Nick
Nick,
Huge fan of this one. Love the caramel and oak touch. For the content, this scotch is very smooth.
 
Greg
Greg,
A very decent dram with up front oak and caramel malt. Some chocolate and dark fruit but not prominent. A touch of leather emerged mid-palate (for the rugby players, no doubt). Flavors forward with a warm burn that lasts a bit. As a 12 year, while the Flaviar price is competitive, the price point generally seems high compared with some other 12 year blends even with the higher proof. Nevertheless, glad to add it to my home bar.
 
Eric
Eric,
Wow! This is very smooth considering the higher abv. Notes are as described. Might be my new "go-to" scotch.
 
John
John,
Love it, tasting notes spot on
 
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