Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
American & European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
49.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
16 Nov 2010 7:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 560,18

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207 × member ratings

533 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 02.2

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.94 points

  1. waal scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich Black Art 1989 Edition 02.2, 21 years, 49.7% ABV https://www.whiskybase.com/.../19.../bruichladdich-black-art-022 First impression / color / viscosity: henna; oily Aroma / Nose feeling: A 1 / 100sec. I put my head in an old Carnival larva and smell the old latex. Hell! What is going on here? Fortunately, the smell changes within seconds. The finest berry notes with strawberry jelly spread through the glass. If I think back to the carnival larva, I can already recognize, but I'm looking forward to finding other flavors ;-) Muffiges leather joins as well as slightly burned out wood. Light spice aromas, including anise, salt and pepper, complete the overall picture. Quite pleasant, therefore, the Malt is the Verriechen! Taste / mouthfeel: Great! Creamy, creamy, caramel, very strong fruit. Exactly my thing! The almost 50% ABVkitzeln at the beginning of something in the mouth, but they fit perfectly. The wood now comes to the fore and pushes the malt but a significant punch. I like this cornerstone of this scotch. Perfectly matched I suck (at least that's what happens to me) a creamy sweet with sour cherry aroma, orange peel and candied fruit. Finish / aftertaste / Length: The finish is very long and the Nachschmecken prepares great joy. Can this enjoyment please not stop? Even the light tannins are not disturbing here. Just beautiful. Comment: Big cinema. A single malt Scotch Whisky that is very complex and entices you to enjoy your meal. From me therefore ... Points: 95/100

  2. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    No change to score, first tried in 2017. Now again in 2020, as it is like before at 83.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Valérie scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      very delicious! like a fruity sweet wine!
    • Taste
      92 92
      intensive sweet wine; fruity; full-bodied;
    • Finish
      90 90
      strong and intensive

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2011]  I had this dram during a Jim McEwan tasting at Godesburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost and I remember not much of it (so it was not very impressive to me).

  6. Arquebus scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior


    I fell under the spell of the 'Black Arts' when my scepticism about the price was broken at the Bruichladdich Hoe Down - at their Feis Ile do in 2015. Picked up a handful of the High Noon version after tasting it and the 4.1, which was still on sale then. As I queued for Jim's Mcewan's signature clutching my purchases I recall a complex rich dram in which the underlying theme was rich, complex ... and... walnuts...

    Studying the various versions I opted for the 2.2 to try - largely on Mr Murray's recommendation (95pts 'one of the great whiskies of the year' ....2013). I'm probably 50% through the bottle now - opened mid july 2016. I don't find it particularly fruit driven in any way - and I can't quite locate the walnuts either.

     On the nose: sweet, rich, brandy or rum notes, uber ripe banana (liqueur?). 'Bruichladdich' spirit is also there bold and clear - peat free Islay, as in the Laddie 10 and Islay Barley incarnations underpinning the whisky but somehow transformed - and...oh alright Jim...dates, juicy dates .. and yep there's a pinch of sulphur! ,.... also.. vanilla custard, corks + 'dunnage warehouse/ damp floor/woody stuff - saltiness. This is not one to hurry - and I'm just starting to realise this now I'm getting to half way through the bottle... a whiff of pear, bergamot? parma violets?, and 'sherry notes'. Also, something fruity (not citrus...) is holding this all together - fresh maltiness? - jam? dried fruits?... christmas cake with rum?.... quite a spectrum.... oooh err!!!...

    ...eventually one must succumb, free the nose and consume! . It's the taste... and the... what-do-you-call-it?... when you swallow and then re-smell on the 'palate' as it goes down???. Is this the development? is this the finish? WTF.... Every time, since I first opened the bottle - after the swallow,  I get this distinct - almost mealy (floury), oyster(ish) whiff - not quite walnut, but lighter....hmmmnnn?... utterly distinct mmmmmm. Pinch me - I must be dreaming ... Woof WOOF!!!

    In the Summer - this year - on a light breeze on a warm evening - where I live  we have the odd sweet chestnut tree. The blossom was full out - white sweet chestnut, and perhaps for the first time - I really smelt the perfume of the blossom. This is it ... the taste in this Black Art - chestnuts...! 

    Spellbinding.... a dram that just might get me howling at the moon!

    90pts from me....


    March 3rd 2017.... long week at week, although they do seem to zip by these days! Small glass of German Pinot Noir to tickle the palate - and down to the serious business: a retaste from the same bottle. Nose: Chestnut has dipped off the radar - fruits, distinct pear, but hold tight... the dynamics are seat clenching - strap in... the nose is really fast moving - definite pears / peardrops - something more 'umami': vitamin B tablets?, malty, young malt - oooh sherry / desert wine notes build, but don't take over - uber complexity.  I'm being reminded a little of the Pulteney 21, boiled fruit sweets, vanilla, more pear , something sweet and sticky: walnut liqueur ('eau de nuit'), subtle oak. Linseed oil - sweet putty...!?...In the mouth: the build up doesn't disappoint all the nose follows through on the palate, it's salivatingly good, more than quaffable and on the way down (the finish?), amidst the cacophony of sweet malt,  - that delicate perfume of chestnuts again- richer now, hints of walnut. 

    Upgraded to 94points from me

     (* note to myself ....better steady on with the marks - or I'll have nowhere to go when I finally get to taste a 30yr+ Brora)


    09/03/2018 I finally pour the last dram ( better call the Anti-maltoporn brigade as serge would say). I've had a dram of a 28yo Fettercairn and just finished a drop of 20yo Mortlach. the heating in my house goes so it's out into the rain and cold to change the gas bottle,  

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    a wonderful drop
    • Nose
      gentle with spices; Red fruits; sweet; Red wine (with tannins); (Sour) cherries; mint
    • Taste
      sweetish with dark milk chocolate and cherries; a little sweeter with water; cherry Bonbon
    • Finish
      velvety soft; medium to long, nice and warm; some oak / dark chocolate; sweet and sour fruits

  9. megabreit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Dark cherries, leather, warm moist oak, light beeswax
    • Taste
      Cherries, cherries, cherries and behind a subtle oak note, gebranter biscuit
    • Finish
      long, glowing and fruity

  10. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86


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