Pretty Ordinary, not a good Brandy
South Australia and the Victorian Riverland produce some wonderful Brandies. Black Bottle is not one of them.
This tastes like diluted pure alcohol with some added flavouring; it is harsh but delivers a punch.
I think Brandy should be smooth and slightly aromatic; honestly try some of the other brands from
South Australia, they won't disappoint.
So smooth and the aftertaste is actually pretty good. The only complaint is that it is quite rich and can be overpowering for some people, when it is still in your mouth. I find that this brandy is also good for making christmas cakes and puddings, and provides excellent flavour for recipes involving cognac (eg Brandy Alexander Pie). In small amounts this brandy will do you good.
taste, inexpensive, good for baking, rich, smooth, flavour
may by too strong for some
Terrible, just terrible
Slightly above bottom shelf price I didn't expect much and yet I was still disappointed. The initial smell lacks the sharp, fruity scent of an enjoyable brandy. In its place, a slight chemical aroma. Slight vanilla notes on first taste but quickly replaced with an overpowering aftertaste that can only be described as the taste of white love heart candies - those ones with cute words. If only this brandy could be summed up in a love heart candy rather than tasting like one.
Bad tasting. Maybe okay for cocktails.
fist time experience.
For a first time consumer of brandy, I found the Black Bottle to have a rather pleasant and smooth fruity after-taste. I would like to think as with other Brandies, the flavour became more enhanced after allowing it to breath for a short time. Not bad value for money either. Well done Hardys.
Pleasant tasting and reasonable value.
Questions & Answers
I have an old bottle of Hardie’s Black Bottle Brandy that my late father had and is unopened, not sure how old but could be 20 years or more. What is the shelf like for this brandy?
Hi Paul, I can only suggest you open the bottle and sample the brandy, if nice, keep drinking and enjoy. I did not enjoy the bottle purchased a year or so ago, however I suspect some years can be good and other years not so good, I guess I was unlucky. If you do enjoy, give them a good review, honest opinions matter. Cheers and enjoy.
Prior to opening that bottle I would contact 'Vok Beverages' ( https://www.vok.com.au/contact ) who now own Black Bottle Brandy and see what it's worth because Brandy, like a good woman, only improves with age. :)
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