Thursday, May 24, 2012


Is your dad one of a kind? Does he stand out from the crowd, whether through his success in business, because of a gentle heart or his sense of style? Share the bold taste of Islay with him this Father’s Day and make sure he knows that, like the whisky, ordinary he is not.

Black Bottle, the only blended Scotch whisky to include all the renowned single malts from the Isle of Islay balanced by the finest Highland, Lowland and Speyside malt and grain whiskies, is one of the most unique whiskies around as there are very few, if any, that come close in terms of style. The whisky has been praised by critics and whisky-lovers across the world, and over the years it has secured a cult following for its unique taste.

Black Bottle’s unique taste owes its character and heart to the innovation and skill of Gordon Graham, its original master blender. A tea merchant, Graham’s ability to blend tea soon moved to the blending of whiskies in the late 19th century. This particular blend, which he marketed in opaque black bottles imported from Germany, in time became the whisky of choice of the locals of Aberdeen. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 forced the company to source new bottles and since that date Black Bottle has been packaged in a green glass bottle, retaining the distinctive pot-still shape.

Black Bottle is available, with or without a gift tube, from leading liquor outlets at around R200 per bottle.