Black Bull can trace its origins back to 1864; it was a creation of George Willshire, the owner of grocery and spirits shop in Dundee.
The original formula consisted of 50% of malt whisky and 50% grain whisky and the blend was bottled at 50% abv. The brand is currently owned by Duncan Taylor Ltd, which rebranded it in 2009 and subsequently expanded the range. Black Bull Kyloe was introduced in January 2014. The whisky takes its name from the hardy breed of Highland cattle, the Kyloe, known to survive in the bitter windswept highlands and islands of Scotland. The company does not reveal malt content in the blend, stating only “a high ratio of malt to grain”.
Nose: sweet and quite fruity, apples, pears, gooseberries, vanilla, hard candy, green oak and hints of baking spice.
Palate: soft, apples, grapefruits, raisins, candied lemon peel, milk chocolate, mixed nuts, dash of pepper, vanilla and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, mixed nuts, cocoa powder and little oak.