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Bruichladdich Black Art 06.1

Overall rating
89.23/100
votes
246
Whiskybase ID
WB112493
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1990
Bottled
12.04.2018
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
46.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L/162132 18/109 2018 0412
Barcode
5055807408660
Added on
16 may 2018 8:30 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 536.49

67 × in wishlist

246 × member ratings

458 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 06.1

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.23 points

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    This is really good! A bit better than the 5.1. I find it quite a bit different than the 4.1, this is more winey but very well integrated and balanced. This has improved with oxidation since first opened one month ago, but the finish is a little short. A decent buy at only $300cnd. Not too many releases in that price rang where you can get a 26yo (at cask strength) distillery release in this day and age.

    However as I finish this bottle I've had to drop my rating down two points as it's not too special (nowhere near the quality of the 4.1 (the best so far)). And although it's a 26yo cask strength releases it does seem to lack some depth and complexity on the finish. I really did expect more.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Juicy blueberry and strawberry jam with ginger chocolate, dried fruits and nuts.

    RATING: 92pts - [n24,t22,f23,b23] → |90-92: Excellent|

  3. Andytka3 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    N- Vibrant, salted caramel that stamped a strong footing on the character. Soothing and rich on the nose without being aggressive. Alluring dark rubbery dried fruits of raisin and figs, herbal oilmen, refine, mature and fully ripe apricot and melon. A lot going on and superbly complex, some curious pine and spicy liquorice to keep things going on the extra mile. (93/23)

    P- Perfect dried fruits with amicable lightness on the palate, sublime texture with soft herb oilmen and waxy. Quality dates, figs and agile, highly evolving from nose to palate for exciting sips. (94/23)

    F- Medium-long, more sherry come thru, demarara, ripe tannin with good depth and velvet. (90/22)

    Body/Balance- 96/24 Rich and complex and still subtly light and breezy, superb.

    Weighted Rate:- 92pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Vibrant, salted caramel that stamped a strong footing on the character. Soothing and rich on the nose without being aggressive. Alluring dark rubbery dried fruits of raisin and figs, herbal oilmen, refine, mature and fully ripe apricot and melon. A lot going on and superbly complex, some curious pine and spicy liquorice to keep things going on the extra mile. (93/23)
    • Taste
      P- Perfect dried fruits with amicable lightness on the palate, sublime texture with soft herb oilmen and waxy. Quality dates, figs and agile, highly evolving from nose to palate for exciting sips. (94/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, more sherry come thru, demarara, ripe tannin with good depth and velvet. (90/22)

      Body/Balance- 96/24 Rich and complex and still subtly light and breezy, superb.

      Weighted Rate:- 92pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Certainly not below average, but considering the age I expected more. The appearance lacks a bit of volume and power, which means that he runs the risk of appearing flat quickly. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/05/black-art-hoch-drei/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The bright aroma contains a lot of black berry jam, salted caramel and chocolate. It tastes like chocolate-covered strawberry cake and gingerbread. Medium-length finish with an excellent balance of chocolate and nut butter.

    Wonderfully rounded, very balanced, juicy and jamy whisky, absolutely strong release.

    RATING: 91pts - | 90 - 92 (A-) → Excellent | - Here the golden pantheon begins.

  6. Batman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Some people are put-off by this line of Bruichladdich. For example, Serge @ Whiskyfun rated the Black Art 5.1 with 79 points when the whiskybase average rating is much higher.

    While certainly a departure on typical flavors found in scotch whisky, I find there are many typical flavors in the Black Art 6.1 that help balance out and offset the more novel flavors. And with that balance, it works.

    The floral/rose water/raspberry-cherry notes imparted by the wine cask maturation are balanced by very fresh coastal notes (as opposed to more pungent and heavy coastal notes, like Laphroaig), both on the nose and on the palate. Also present on the palate are a nicely integrated malt and mild wood bitterness.

    The palate has a slightly slower development which is indicative of the 26 year's maturation. While the finish is nice, it does not continue developing/evolving in any way. It's simply a continuation of the palate flavors.

    Also stopping this whisky from being truly great, at least for me, is that it's a touch thin and spiky and as such I found I had to use a bit more water than I expected for a 46% whisky. If it were a bit more voluminous or viscous, it would have pushed my score higher.

    However, I found this whisky to be complex and enjoyable, with good development on the palate that was indicative of it's age. I felt it was worth the price, and while I also scored the 5.1 89 points (barely), I did feel the 6.1 was better (but not a full point better).

  7. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    a fruit basket with plum, fig, berries and peach, followed by a honey sweetness, a little vanilla in the background, malt and finally a fine floweriness

    Taste:
    In the mouth, too, the dark fruit comes into its own, an exotic fruit note (mango?), A hint of rosemary, nut and oak provide a fine spicy opposite pole, but the sweetness of fruit with caramel and chocolate dominates, incredibly creamy

    Outlet:
    warming, fruity and sweet with a pleasant oak flavor
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    aromatic and deep with dried fruits, raisins, different wood tones (also cedar wood included), sweet and stimulating to try.
    The salivation already starts here!

    Taste:
    with sherry and light spice, dried fruits such as dates and figs, wood notes, full and sweet-tart, complex ...

    Departure:
    warm, spicy, softening, tart-sweet also here clearly with different wood notes also with cedarwood aromas, slightly astringent without being bitter. Now also with sherry and dried fruits, sweetish and very long finish, then drying out at the end.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. g00se scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The first glass did not really convince me. So yes, I knew it was good, but the spark did not jump on the first try. Yesterday I dared to do it again with the support of a good friend .... And?
    Very, very cool drops. With less water added more aromas in the nose, but unfortunately the taste flattens off ...
    • Nose
      92 92
      After about 30 minutes, the alcohol evaporates and there are only horny interwoven aromas of red grape must and berries (goji and cranberry) in the glass. More intense nosing reveals chocolates and leather notes.
    • Taste
      92 92
      I do not know what to write here. It's just too blatant. My taste buds can not absorb and process all that, so the malt turns. Hard to catch anything.
    • Finish
      93 93
      laaaaaaaang finish. So really long remains an impression of this malts. And even here, the impression changes again and again. Really fine fabric.

      Go here fully with Adam Hannett's notes: "One should not try to understand how this malt was created, only why!" Amen

  10. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The entire review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      92 92
      Voluminous dark fruits. Blackberry jam, dried plums, figs. But also a subtle light fruitiness is there with peaches. There is an association with grape nut chocolate, nougat, vanilla, malt and a little honey. Once you get used to the intense dark notes, a subtle flow of flowers comes through, rose water and a maritime freshness completes the whole thing. I like it very much. The aromas form a large whole and complement each other wonderfully. Really great.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The Black Art starts with a slight tingle on the tongue, then becomes oily, full and voluminous. Neat honey sweetness, wine notes, this time ripe blackberries, plum jam with its typical spices, raisins, peach and mango. I think about rosé wine. There are also vanilla, clear wood and nut chocolate. Quite tasty, yet complex.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long. Sweet, warming, peach, sherry, oak and a kick of white pepper.

  11. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

        Producer's Tasting Notes by Adam Hannett

        Nose: There is a huge depth and richness on initial nosing. Roll the glass through your fingers to rouse the aromas and rich, black charred oak with blackberry jam, dark chocolate, raisin, plum, elderberry and apple appear. Notes of marzipan and lemon meringue pie give sweetness and tell of the Bruichladdich DNA working with the casks. Cedar wood and brown sugar come through as the whisky opens.

        Taste: The richness and vitality of the oak and the fruit is astounding. The soft orchard fruit of the spirit comes through after opening a little, sitting beautifully alongside fragrant vanilla custard. Sip again and taste the dark fruits; date, fig, raisin and chocolate, crystallised ginger and floral red rose. Impossible to define as a particular style this dram twists and changes constantly, each layer revealed adds to the mystery of how this whisky was created. Layers of honeycomb, soft fruit, praline, tobacco coconut and a sublime texture tell of its class.

        Mood/Character: There may never be an understanding of how this whisky was created but tasting it and understanding why is more important. To compare and compartmentalise this exceptionally rare and unique dram is to miss the point of a whisky that is the essence of the distiller’s instinct passion and experience. If you must ask, you will never know.

        Finish: Chocolate, apricot, pineapple, classic exotic fruits from well-aged Bruichladdich tell of the quality and balance of oak and spirit. The oak speaks of its quality now with brown sugar, ginger nut biscuits, toffee, orange scented caramel and a velvet tobacco finish.

  12. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This one really came into its own over time. I couldn’t really do justice to the depth and complexity of the fruit notes here. They’re sweet, tart, earthy, musty, even savoury. It has this maturity and understated elegance to it that I just love. It wears its age well without being too bitter at any point. It’s a little on the mild side due to the advanced age of the casks used, which sucks, but it is what it is. I don’t think it needs 55%+ strength to be an effective and delicious whisky though. The new batches of Black Art haven’t been universally adored like the Jim MacEwan batches were, but this one is just wonderful.
    • Nose
      Rich and desserty. Very cake-y and sweet at first. Raspberry and strawberry tarts, blood orange, mango, passionfruit, coconut, candied lemon zest, and cherry. Sweet malt, vanilla, barley sugar, caramel, and chocolate fudge. A hint of earth underneath. More complexity starts to arrive with time: an interesting olive oil note appears, along with more earth and more exotic fruit like lychee and pomegranate. Quite waxy and fragrant now, even with some mint and hibiscus starting to show up. Getting wine-ier.
    • Taste
      Silky texture. Raspberry, cranberry, and raisins up front, with a musty yeasty note. Dessert richness: dark chocolate, dulce de leche, cheesecake, and key lime pie. Interesting plum and pomegranate richness fruit. Lots of creamy vanilla, Developing to spices, then oak and fresh tobacco. The spice lasts only a second, before a lovely creaminess takes hold, followed by candle wax and soft tannins. That olive oil note shows up again.
    • Finish
      Not as sweet here. Oak, cedar, and light herbs (maybe sage?). A little bit of cinnamon, cocoa powder and cumin. Orange sherbet. More pomegranate here, developing into a more herbal, nutty, and almost savoury flavour. Fruit seeds, maybe? Some lime, peach, and passionfruit, with a little mint. A hint of ginger spice. Some lightly-salted oatmeal.

  13. stalker1971 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. MLE scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. DannyDram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Citric, woody, spicy, fruity, polish, dried fruits, figs, chocolate, pepper. Balanced, medium body, good intensity, a bit stinging, slightly astringent.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hmmmm. More than good. Sometimes very delicate, even fragile, but always very tasty. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/11/10/bruichladdich-so-wie-sie-kommen/

  21. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Banana, apple, strawberry, cream, vanilla. 88
    • Taste
      90 90
      Slight herbal honey, Sour lemon and dried plums then goes to vegetable bitterness of roasted ginkgo, hints of pepper spices, rich citrus peel bitterness. Spicy peppers, 90
    • Finish
      88 88
      Woody tannin, citrus peel, vegetable bitterness, hints of liqorice, bitter woods 88

  22. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    08-03-2020
    • Nose
      72 72
      sherry, spices
    • Taste
      73 73
      sherry, spices, tannins, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      70 70
      sherry, spices, tannins, dark chocolate

  23. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Bruichladdich 1990 25yo 48.1% WID: 90768 vs. Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 46.9% WID: 112493

    In the nose they are pretty similar. In addition to the sherry notes, a pleasant freshness also comes through. Then wood that is not completely dry and a bit of tobacco. The 1990 looks a bit fuller with more sherry influence and the Black Art shows a few mineral and herbal notes
    In the mouth, the 1990 is oily and almost syrupy. A lot of sherry. In addition, milk chocolate with nuts and orange, which gradually darkens. In the finish, the oak makes itself felt, but is never uncomfortable.
    The Black Art is not as full-bodied in comparison. The sherry looks a bit more acidic, drier and sometimes not so well integrated. The oak is less elegant and is more gruff.

    Both delicious malts. There is inevitably not so much of the distillery character. The Black Art somehow doesn't blow me away. It is too inharmonic in my mouth for that. The 1990 is a beautiful sherry malt.
    Both are priced outside of what I would pay for it.

  24. rolabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  25. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Vallado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    blindly Asting
    • Nose
      88 88
      Beautiful freshness paired with fresh berry notes (especially strawberry), mild spices, vanilla, slightly floral, almond (oil)
    • Taste
      87 87
      medium onset, rather thinner texture, fresh-fruity, sweet, moist forest floor, slightly malty
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length, moist wood, warming, mild spices, cinnamon, licorice, light red fruits

  27. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great varied whisky. Complex and easy to drink. Nevertheless, you should take your time.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich, juicy and fruity on the nose. Dark fruits, peach, cherries, strawberries with slightly sour currants. Nice varied fruit notes.
      Slightly sweet dried fruit. In addition, an old mustiness like the dusty attic. Leather, tobacco and light wood notes with some marzipan.
      Great varied nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft, slightly creamy start. Subtle oak spice tingles in the mouth. Fruity, cherries, plums and raisins. Slightly honey-sweet with a little vanilla and red wine flavor. Becomes a bit bitter after chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish, slightly salty and maritime. Chocolate and seasoning with a little pepper are in the foreground. Gets dry easily.

  28. el Gato scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Cherry. Blueberries. Applejuice. Red Apples. Then a bit more sherried with dried fruits, peaches, blackcurrants. In The very end a tad peaty.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and sherry. Jammy. Apricots. Blueberries. Pears. Green grapes. Barley. Prunes. Some bitterness and hint of salt
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long. Some oak influence. Cinnamon. Spices, tobacco.

  29. Quercus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  31. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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