Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L163358 19/176
Bottled for
between 24.07.2019 and 29.07.2019
Added on
26 Feb 2020 9:48 pm

Average value

€ 315.70

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158 × member ratings

321 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 07.1

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.43 points

  1. Macallan1968 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The Bruichladdich Black Art 7.1 is one of the best in the Black Art series at the age of 25. You should have tried this Bruichladdich!

    Recommendation: The time factor plays a big role in the Malt. He needs the hand warmth and 3-4 minutes of oxygen.
    • Nose
      At the beginning, marzipan, coconut and walnut are in the air, followed by toffee and honey. Slowly the fruits are coming in, like strawberries, plums and cherries. After a while, the focus is on raisins and grapefruit, which develop into spicy and woody nuances. Oak with roasted coffee beans cover the complex scent.
    • Taste
      The oak is in the foreground in the beginning, but then come huge fruity and sweet aromas of caramel, coconut and blossom honey mixed with oranges and tropical fruits - a very good balance.
    • Finish
      Very long and persistent, now you can feel nuts and tropical fruits, followed by delicate caramelized honey with fruit pieces of orange and pineapple. Just overwhelming - a great Bruichladdich!

  2. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Dark yellow, very oily in the glass
    Nose: Very complex, flowerly, broom, sweet & fruity, still little malty, only slightly oaky, hints of vanilla, roasted cocunut
    Mouth: Very smooth and dry
    Taste: Sweet, Vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, lightly pepper, fruits such as apple and pear
    Palate: Extremely long, sweet, with chocolate, oak and fruits
    A very hot candidate for the whisky of the year. Outstanding, complex dram with perfect harmonized components.

  3. EvilAFI scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very much a Black Art it is complex and very changing. This is a great balanced sweet oak, dark fruit and wine influenced scotch. It is as good as past releases and might be better
    • Nose
      Deep, sweet, wine, oak, plum, cigar, oak, leather, honey, raisin, apple/pear,
    • Taste
      Honey, sweet oak, apple, syrupy, leather, mild spice, as good as the nose.
    • Finish
      Dried fruit, sweet syrupy wine, oaky dryness for balance

  4. Descry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Why the hell this Black Art is rated such high? And the two previous ones too?
    After master destillier Jim McEwan left, Adam Hannett obviously thought he could mix in some of the common Bruichladdich casks. So the 7.1, But 6.1 and 5.1 are all the same Bad in my opinion. They all have the typical sharp biting notes of a Bruichladdich, who suppress the nice wine and fruit notes. The 4.1 ist the Last from Jim Ewan and it’s the best Black Art by far! All following ones are limited to put more pressure on the market and to justifie a ridiculous high price I guess. So sad to see what they have done to my loved Black Art Range.

  5. Izzino scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Complex aromas of marzipan, walnuts, caramel, honey, poached pears, plums and toasted oak fill the nose, complimented by strawberries, grapefruit, coconut and violets. The palate is more subtle, offering notes of citrus, toasted oak, Turkish honey, coconut, caramel and orange pee

  6. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I've rated BA 05.1 at 85, BA 06.1 at 87. This is just an 86 in between both.

    Absolutely no way more than 88 on any case. Some orange dude decided its 95 points, oh wait, he's a market seller. Of course he'd rate it super high. Then another Orange dude comes along and rates it 96, seriously? Like the trend from his lists shows that all (4, 5, 7) black art releases are 93 and above with the 4 being the lowest. 97 pointer at the top, well ok, don't want to nitpick at others but, really, for real?

    Ridiculous ratings at its best. I am being very lenient with my score of 86 here, any lower is still possible, I might just drop it after tasting it again in 2 weeks.

    The bitterness from the two previous releases maintains as what Descry had mentioned. It's just not as complex as the 6 although has a little more body. Slap the number 7 on a new bottle with same old liquid mixture as the 5. Poor. This particular release has something different, a sharp and unpleasant sensation like standing by a petrol pump went the fumes just spike you.

    Tropical fruits and dark chocolate is mainly the main flavour in this. After that, a steady stream of cherry, mint, black berries and boringness jumping to a constant decline leading to a slow finish.

    How much time did I spend with this? Probably 90 mins. Any development, little to none.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. JungleDram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well done but it just does not cut me off the stool, the sulfur note is not mine and the finish is a bit short. Here, of course, the price-performance ratio is very subjective.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Touches of cigar boxes and cassis, but also raspberry candy and ripe plums. Whiffs of sultanas too, followed by pear parts and walnut skins, as well as honeycomb. It is somewhat delicate, but rather complex and inviting.
    • Taste
      Dark and brooding fruits of the forest variety, but dried. The viscosity is admirable. Notes of cherry syrup and tobacco leaves with a hint of mint and coconut shavings, as well as a whiff of fudge and butterscotch. There's a subtle spiciness as well.
    • Finish
      Sweet and spicy. Long.

  9. Astrid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic range of flavors, expressive and rich appearance - every single one of the 25 years is completely believed.
    • Nose
      91 91
      phenomenal BBQ, very sweet and oily, excellent oak mixes with raisins and hazelnut, maggie, salty beef fillet, cream horseradish
    • Taste
      89 89
      dry with raisins and caramel, oily structure, delicious oak wood aromas, fatty dried fruits, nuts, vegetable broth, vanilla
    • Finish
      90 90
      Raisins, fine old oak, some caramel, high-quality sherry, wonderful sweetish malt, salt, sandalwood, almost dirty but definitely oily

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    The most recent release in the Black Art Series was put together from casks that were laid down in 1994. This is the year in which the distillery closed for a long time. It was only reopened by Mark Reynier and his team in 2001. The little booklet that comes with the bottle states ‘Cask type: only Adam knows’. That’s Adam Hannett, the young Master Distiller that created this Black Art.

    Every time I put my nose in the glass, I get something new. Nicely layered and complex. Blood oranges, toffee apples, gooseberries, rhubarb marmalade, rose water, walnuts and sniffing tobacco presented on an oak tray. For a moment it even reminds me of Armagnac. Very round, very nice.

    It is bittersweet and spicy on the palate. The sweet and sour notes of the citrus fruit are supported by cinnamon and licorice, but… it even has a salty edge! I was not expecting this. After a few moments it starts to dry up a little, but that doesn’t bother me.

    The malt lingers nicely and suddenly shows some maritime notes. Great finish.

    Beautiful Black Art release. These notes are dedicated to Duncan McGillivray, who passed away in the week in which I tried this whisky. He was one of the icons of Bruichladdich until 1994 and was re-hired immediately when the distillery reopened. He retired a few years ago. May he enjoy many drams in heaven!


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