Bruichladdich’s Black Art series shines a spotlight on some of the Islay distillery’s most intriguing whisky – but it doesn’t shine a spotlight on its recipe. The casks this expression matured in are known to master distiller Adam Hannett, but that information is unknown to us. What we do know, however, is that it’s a 29 year old single malt, distilled back in 1992, before Bruichladdich was closed in the mid-1990s (to be reopened in 2001). Mysterious and delicious!
Nose: Simply stunning. Tropical fruit, coconut, tobacco, oak spices and toasted pine needles weave an intricate web of aromas. With a bit of time, this beautiful whisky opens up to waves of mango, honey-drizzled melon, warm orange zest, grilled pineapple and ripe summer strawberries. It’s mouth-wateringly succulent and fruity – the gentle oak offering coconut, ginger, buttery shortbread, vanilla custard and hints of tobacco.
Palate: The viscosity and depth to this dram are out of this world; the oak notes of tobacco and brown sugar, chocolate and coconut provide the base for all those wonderful fruit combinations to shine. A drop of water and a second sip further explore the woven layers of this remarkable whisky.
Finish: The succulent fruit sweetness lasts for an age on the palate, apricot, mango and baked banana, toasted sweet oak, honey and vanilla – you just don’t want it to end.
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