This Bruichladdich Black Art ed. 07.1 25 year old (1994 distillation) single malt Scotch Whisky is a small piece of history, being the last year before Bruichladdich distillery was closed for what may have been the last time (however thankfully was not!).
This is the 7th releases in the limited edition 'Black Art' series from Bruichladdich, and the 3rd put together by Jim McEwans replacement as Bruichladdich Head Distiller - Adam Hannett. With only 12,000 bottles released of this 25 year old single malt Scotch Whisky, this release, like the previous ones is sure to catch the attention of both aficionados and collectors alike.
The Bruichladdich Black Art 7.1 was bottled at a cask strength of 48.4% ABV, and with out any chill filtration or colour added.
Tasting notes from the team at Bruichladdich:
Unbelievable complexity, each cask that has played a role in maturing this whisky has a presence, the aromas lift from the glass in an almost orderly procession. First a rich marzipan, then walnut, crème caramel, turkish delight, hints of strawberry, violet, and coconut. There is a heavy fruit style with plum, poached pears, raisin and grapefruit and after opening further wood spice, nutmeg, toasted oak, roasted coffee beans, and muscovado sugar. An absolute delight to nose and discover the depth of flavour.
Palate – A little sharpness is a nod to the strength but quickly the satin texture covers the palate to give a viscous, round mouthfeel. The oak’s power and poise give a hint of dryness but also waves of coconut, Turkish delight, soft caramel, and spiced orange. The layers of oak and fruit that come through softly melt into one another; each sip brings a new level of discovery within this most complex of assemblages. While on the palate there appears less complexity than on the nose, an important balance, texture, and defined style serves to highlight the aromatic aspect of this whisky.
Finish – It seems that this whisky will go on forever, the incredible viscous texture of this whisky extends the finish and it lingers on the palate. Roasted nuts, then tropical fruit, baked pineapple, and butterscotch give a sweetness that is sure to be remembered.
Mood – As ever the mystery of its creation serves to intrigue. Black Art 07.1 gives a moment to reflect on the past and to welcome the possibilities of the future.
Colour – Tawny.
48.4% ABV. 700mL.