Product Overview On Bruichladdich Black Art:
Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich. We believe in the soul of the artisan.
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Our distillery was considered irredeemably old-fashioned in an era when efficiency was valued over quality. The single malt produced prior to our 1994 closure accounts for less than 1% of all ‘pre-renaissance’ whisky still maturing in our warehouses. Our oldest spirits have become some of our most valuable and rare.
This finite 1992 vintage has been nurtured on its 29-year journey from cask to cask by our Head Distillery, Adam Hannett, to ensure the eloquent work of our forefathers is given the utmost attention. Matured in unrivaled quality oak, the recipe for this unpeated spirit is kept strictly confidential, as with every previous Black Art edition. What we do know about our 9th edition is that it contains our most alchemic single malt.
Tasting Notes: bruichladdich black art 1994 (Edition 09.1)
Vital Stats: 44.1% ABV. Unpeated Islay single malt aged for 29 years. Limited to 12,000 bottles. 700ml $650.
Appearance: Deep coppery amber
Nose: The nose starts off with bold blackberry and strawberry. Because it is cask strength with a hint of black cherry it feels like I poured myself some Robitussin. It reminds me of fruit cocktails cups with peach, pear, and pineapple.
Palate: The palate is fruit-forward, so much so I thought my glass was tainted. It drinks like fortified wine or brandy. Pineapple is more abundant on the palate than on the nose, but it drinks like syrupy juice from a can of fruit cocktail. The mouthfeel is light and the whisky does not feel cask strength. Because of its age, the oak is a big factor in the flavor, but at least not until the finish. Overall, it does give off that Robitussin quality with the cherry and sort of tar-like taste.