Review No.227. Black & White

Next on my list of budget blends is Black & White.  This is a blend that first came to my attention when Ralfy did a review many many years ago and he was quite positive about it.  This peaked my interest but it has taken me a while to get around to trying it because you can’t find this across most stores in the UK so I went online and ordered a 5cl miniature.  This is one of those blends that Diageo has decided to keep for the foreign market whilst they have an array of other blends for the UK market.  The first time I tried this was in India and I remember it being a decent dram and worthy of revisiting for a thorough inspection.


Whisky: Black & White Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Vanilla, sandalwood, heather, floral, butterscotch, mint, coastal

Taste: Light vanilla, sea salt, caramel, popcorn, alcohol burn

Finish: Very short, caramel, earth, alcohol

Score: 2.25

Summary: This is quite good on the nose.  I managed to pick up a nice mix of notes of which some I would have expected such as vanilla and heather but then a couple of others I did not expect such as sandalwood, mint and sea spray, all of which when combined make up a very interesting whisky.  Things dampen down a bit thereafter, on the taste some of nose bourbon and coastal notes come through but I lost the heather and floral notes.  The finish is very short and there is a kick of alcohol towards the end which lets it down a bit.  I do like this blend and I think it is because of the nose and the subtle coastal characteristic.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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