Black and White Blended Scotch (1990s Ramazzotti Italian Import)
Black and White Blended Scotch holds a special place for me, it was the one dram that my Grandad drank and the one that was most frequently in my Dads glass also, meaning this was very likely the first dram i had having dipped a finger into my Dads glass sometime in the late 70s to early 80s.
Black & White has a really interesting history, dating back to the 1800s and one of the early names being Buchanans House of Commons whisky as this was the official whisky of the House of Commons at the time. The name Black & White was adopted at a later date and the story being that people were asking for the "black & white one" referring to the colours of the label and the story stuck from there.
The Motif featuring the Scottie and Westie dogs was developed by James Buchanan himself in the 1890s and has stuck every since.
Lots of famous people have been linked to this dram with Dean Martin and Walt Disney both reportedly big fans and it also appearing in the James Bond film Moonraker. Talk of the original distillery contents including Dalwhinnie, Clynelish and Glendullan malts but there's a definite element of Islay in here also.
I'm not hugely sure on why this has the Ramazzatti import element, Ramazzatti being an italian Liqueur but I am assuming there was an Italian distribution deal with them at the time.
The whisky itself is fabulous, a nose of tropical fruits and puffs of smoke, and a palate that very few would pick out as a Blended Scotch if tasted blind. This is a hugely drinkable tasty dram and one that won't last long on my shelf.
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For me there’s an an initial puff of smoke, heavy honey roast vegetable smoke, with an underlying note of tropical fruit juices, definitely more u, bongo than five alive, hints of furniture polish and a little light appletiser note in here, really draws me in.
Wood smoke infused fruits, grilled pineapple and more of that, apple juice and homemade porridge with honey and fresh fruit (banana, strawberries and blueberries) thick and oily especially for the 40% ABV, seriously moreish
Drying with a hint of glue, and lots of grilled pineapple with a hint of liquorice coming through