Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
45.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L164220 20/170 2020/09/01
Added on
15 Sep 2020 9:33 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 325.41

22 × in wishlist

62 × member ratings

155 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 08.1

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.03 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Old gold. The malt runs heavy and oily through the glass, thick drops form long, wide strips on the edge of the glass. The BA8 would be perfect for a demonstration of the typical 'Bands of Gold' from the warehouse tasting.
    A little alcohol leads to the nose, despite the low alcohol content. This is followed by spices, vanilla and fruity sweetness. The baseline of the very interwoven aromas is again sweet and somewhat vinous, as we know it from earlier Black Arts. Good start!

    First impression ... strong without biting. Very pleasing with 45.1% ABV. Then come oak seasoning, white pepper, again vanilla, some orange liqueur and heather honey. Overall a very fresh character that the malt conveys. With 26 years of maturation it could have turned out differently. The oak flavor seems more intense on the palate than in previous BAs. The malt still looks balanced, but not quite as complex as a Black Art 4.

    Long finish, I have the typical Laddie grain notes, but I don't find pastries here. Then sugary sweetness and a woody bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate and pipe tobacco. Pickled fruits complete the impression without being able to name the fruits individually. Apricots, mandarins, lychees, then it stops. Do I have to do it again with more leisure. Amazingly sweet in the finish, only towards the very end does the wood penetrate you very much into the foreground. Like a mixture of BA4 & BA6, I make a note of it, whereby it does not really come close to the quality of the Black Arts 4 and 2, which for me mark the top of the series so far. After all, apart from the oak, there are no discernible missing notes.

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  2. SteveW110 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    By far the worst Black Art ever!

    I don't even bother to write notes for this. I'm totally annoyed by Bruichladdich that they are releasing such overpriced garbage at an outrageous price !!!

  3. Najzero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    If I would not have to work for the money I can spend on whisky, this is easily a 9/10 or 90.
    Its vibrant in the mouth and its short finish is very pleasant (tiny hints of redbreast 21 gummi droppy style).
    Nose is, well, quite flat for me.

    As I have to pay for most of my drams and this one is.. expensive... I aim more for the 88.
    Wich is still a superb rating, but nothing I am totally panic byuing another bottle from.

    The mentioned 4.1 collects around 300€ right now... so 15€ cheaper, aim for that instead (even though it means more competition for me there)

  4. Dottore scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, surprisingly boring and interchangeable. You hardly notice the age. It does not come close to the “magic” of the 4 Series, which for me represents the benchmark of the series so far.
    He lacks complexity, expressiveness and sophistication here. It's a shame, the sample is enough for me

  5. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Browned butter, dried wood, some brown and dried fruits. Needs time to fully unfold. Nice. (89p)
    TASTE: Medium sweet wood, more browned butter, dried brown fruits (87-88p)
    EXIT: Dry, light tannic bitterness, also a touch of fruity wine acidity (88p)
    SCORE: 88 points.

  6. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly fresh aromas, the age is relatively difficult to detect in the nose at first. In terms of taste, it knows how to convince, but unfortunately no revelation overall. Still tasty! The character is relatively fresh and tangy, with a tart and dry finish.

    Let's see what more tastings will bring.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Oranges, mandarins, slightly fresh and tart citrus fruits, dry but light oak, citrus jam, fresh green apples, dry spices, dry nuts, a little honey, dry vanilla, tart and dry wood. There is a slightly old musty note in the background. Coffee, some cocoa, some dark chocolate, bitter cocoa truffles. Slightly tart grassy, light nut chocolate, removes red fruits.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, very very oily, honey, sweet syrup, fresh green fruits, green apple, very minimally spicy oak, a bit bitter cold coffee, removes dry and bitter chocolate, sour apple rings, light green tea with fresh fruits that has just been drawn too long, light citrus fruits
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very dry, tart, woody, slightly bitter, the oak shows a very dry presence. After a while, a light, oily honeyed sweetness and a little coffee far in the background become noticeable, bitter cold espresso, the finish is surprisingly long (not as assumed with the first sip).

  7. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Pleasantly fruity sweetness with floral tones. Peach / apricot. Definitely weaker than some of its predecessors and also less complex. Vanilla and oak in the background.
    Mouthfeel: Very pleasant, mild mouthfeel. Medium weight on the tongue.
    Taste: Also slightly sweet. Significantly more oak. Fruitiness but rather fresh fruits such as fresh apples, pears. Spice and a hint of tobacco.
    Finish: oak and spice now dominate with a slight residual sweetness. Relatively long but unfortunately boring finish.
    Conclusion: Relatively pale compared to its predecessors. Better than 06.1 but significantly worse and less complex than 05.1, 04.1 and 07.1.

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Takes some time, addition of water is not necessary, not a bad but also not a + 90p malt ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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