Country: Scotland
Type: Blended Scotch
Bottler: Diageo
ABV: 40%
Score: 92 points

One of the world’s most popular malts, and for good reason. I liken blends to an orchestra where the musicians are playing as one, and that’s what Black Label does. The nose is smooth with hints of smoke, a touch of oak and dried grass, but not enough of any to throw the balance off. The taste is complex and amazingly smooth with a clear smokiness, but also showing subtle hints of fruits and a slight tartness. The finish is creamy, long, and smooth.