Bruichladdich Black Art 04.1

Overall rating
89.31/100
votes
804
Whiskybase ID
WB43544
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
49.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
P/141035
Barcode
5055807400411
Added on
29 jun 2013 10:20 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 408.99

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 04.1

84 users have left 92 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.31 points.

  1. prestonclub scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    peat. A few black cherries will also enhance the journey from the palate to the throat, all in a shell of unctuous sweetness.

  2. ny1912 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  3. Gareth74 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A lesson learnt.

    The last of five blind drams and this I a bruiser. First whiff and I was transported to a moment in childhood where I was scoffing those cheap, booze filled chocolate liqueurs. You know the ones, in the shape of actual bottles of booze with little branded paper stickers on the outside of their foil wrappers. They were bloody delicious and gave you a completely inaccurate idea of what booze was like. But you didn’t care, you just knew they were a forbidden treat so you always scoffed them when ever the opportunity arose. Personal faves were the Drambuie and the Harvey’s Sherry ones. And for some reasons that were the nose on this tugged me. It was a lie though.

    On the nose and there’s initially a very complex arrival where a few things arrive all at once. A note of burning rubber, mixes with a strong Port/fruity/sherry note and this is complimented with a distinctly weird cheap chocolaty smell that reminds me of those booze centred monstrosities from my childhood. Then there’s a dirty engine smell too. It’s very dense but swirling it in the glass helps break these things apart. A good swirl and new smells arrive as if by magic, some kind of leather arrives, a more herbal planty note, a certain darkness and some linseed oil and putty and a yeasty bread like note. It’s really odd and not all together nice. It feels like there’s too many smells all pulling in different directions. It’s not often I don’t enjoy a nose but golly, this is actually one of them.

    Time to see if it tastes as weird as it smells.

    It does….

    As weird as the nose is, so too is the mouth. What is going on with this stuff? Leather, a little heat, a bile-like plant note. Some bitter salty chocolate notes (coffee?) mingle with a pronounced dank dunnage note, it tastes of lonely old wet cellars, damp wood, some wine like notes mix uneasily with diesel filth and a heavy gravy of old sherry and a brackish mustiness. There is a prominent vulcanised rubber thing going on too which is not that nice. Overall I get the sense of dankness that I haven’t ever had to this degree before with a whisky. Not my bag.

    This is a new one for me. It’s rare that I have something that I don’t really like (whisky is generally pretty nice stuff), even rarer that I try things that getting to the end of the glass feels like a challenge. I’m glad I tried it, I’m even more glad I didn’t buy a bottle to find out I don’t like it.

    After the reveal…
    Wow. It just goes to show that maybe our eyes and our biases have a much greater effect on perception than maybe we’re willing to admit to. On paper this would have been a solid gold whisky for me but in the cold light of day, away from all the marketing, whisky tribe hype and pressure to conform I’m left with only what my nose and mouth can communicate.

    A great experience. A lesson learnt.

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully complex and old. It never gets boring, this drop has too many faces for that, but it still has its own character. Despite a blemish in the aftertaste, it begs for more. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/05/black-art-hoch-drei/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The coriander coming from behind, the sweet and spicy flavor attached to the tongue, the dark body, the dried stone fruit,berry

  6. Kraddell scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Thnx to Shane ! Pours a clear, lighter copper. Scent is strong, very smooth, wet oak, intense, hints of glue, oily. Taste is very full, lots of power. Minor smoke / peat , providing a very intense 'mineral' dirtyness. Oak, medium char ( or at least thats the idea the peat gives) . Very long finish. Powerfull whisky. I get the appeal, and even I have to admit I truly enjoy this - as the peat is so low and so well blended in.

  7. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. larswehmeier scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    everything that makes a Laddie BA:
    sweet, mild, extremely complex, the laddie freshness still comes through despite the age.
    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet. Creamy, creamy. Extremely beguiling and seductive. Very complex and interwoven.
    • Taste
      Flattering mouthfeel. Sweet grapes. Cream toffee. Gets dry on the palate very slowly.
    • Finish
      Forever long. Creamy. Comfortably dry.

  9. d1scostu scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Do you need a detailed description? Nope! The nose is old-school sherry, the mouth is fun, the finish is a dream.
    In the duel with the 08.1 the mouth is en par, in the nose and finish the 08.1 is distanced.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very horny laddie with a terrific nose and a clear missing note in the finish.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Extremely fruity start, red berries, currants, raspberries, sweet red wine, dry and light oak spice, strawberry juice
    • Taste
      90 90
      Red fruits, straight oak spice, light dryness, creamy and sweet, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweet and spicy, creamy and slightly bitter oak spice, slight cheesiness in the finish, the latter is quite stuck and partly destroys the very cool overall impression

  13. Dan0 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    amazing whisky

  14. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Earthy notes, coffee, sherry. Fruity notes only subliminally. Time in the glass definitely recommended.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. Saftkenner scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very complex and unmistakable aroma. I haven't had anything that compares. A malt worth exploring and tasting several times. It's not difficult because it's delicious! ...but of course also something special. Not everyone will like it or be willing to pay the high purchase price.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wonderfully full-fruity aroma in the interplay of heavy sweetness and light acidity. The alcohol is barely perceptible.
      Bright overripe grapes, heather honey, mango, spicy oak, lemon, passion fruit, papaya, immature apple, tropical fruit wine gums, creme brulee, dates, raspberries, herbal tea.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very full body and very powerful start. The alcohol is also very well integrated. White pepper, oranges, peaches, ripe bananas, raspberries, sour cherries, mango, both dry wood and fresh resin, light mint, powerful oak spice, pineapple, sea buckthorn jam.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long finish. Vanilla, mango, oak spice, dark chocolate, spicy forest honey.

  16. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  17. pecathor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    perfectly balanced, so many layers which come out one by one.. every sip uncovers something new.. strong cask influence, one hell of a dram!
    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet & fruity, apples, raisins/figs, blackberries, cherry chocolate liqueur, oak wood, something fresh
    • Taste
      91 91
      dry, black fruit, apples, chocolate, some herbs
    • Finish
      92 92
      very long, dry, nuts, wood, herbs, leaves the lingering mouth feeling

  18. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  19. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  20. AnnEm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great malt with a lot of charisma and interesting flavors. I like the full-bodied, vinous sourness paired with the malty, dense sweetness and this "dark breaded". Every now and then a little funk and matured so well, a dream.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully intense, concentrated, aromatic, "well matured" brand. There was a nice development: dark, ripe red fruits. A grape acidity and sherry wineiness. Also a closeness to the sea in the form of saltiness. Light smoke. (An oil tanker appears somewhere on the horizon.) Nice full-bodied, malty sweetness. Wort. With more time, I get associations in the direction of wet-baked Swabian souls with caraway seeds (and salt), as offered by the Pfalzfeld baker here at the weekly market. Or dark bread, with Harzer Roller. Salty-sour-milk-pasty-cheesy. Also a hint of old leather shoe. I also make a short detour to the cowshed. Then it becomes fruity-sweet again like plum jam. Really nice.
    • Taste
      Sparkling start, well-fitting alcohol strength. Dark, sour and creamy. Fig jam and plum jam. Becomes very caramel. Balsamic cream. At the back there is an impression of the old barrel (positive) - slightly dusty and musty. This impression increases with longer service life.
    • Finish
      After the first sip: rubber abrasion. Sherry acid. Warming. It sticks to the palate and at the same time tingles in the throat, from which in turn subtle smoke appears to rise. Dark chocolate, tobacco. It has a pleasant, full-bodied acidity for me. Tart and melty. Is on the threshold too "old" in taste.

  21. PetBird scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    One of the best whiskys in recent years.

  22. gaboruso scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. S_S scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  24. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tropical forest in the dry season, boletus, thick and viscous nectar, caramel, toffee, and hetian dates, juicy and slightly damaged various fruits (mulberries, blueberries, plums, cherries), sour , Lightly roasted nuts, butter and wood, leather, red wine, dry sherry. Fatty and fruity, heavy and heavy.
    • Taste
      Apples, Cabernet Sauvignon, slightly tannin and red fruits, roasted almonds, oak, meringue, honey, toffee, black chocolate, residual tea, coffee grounds cooked in mulled wine for a long time.
    • Finish
      Long, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, meatless acid berries, grape flavored bubble gum.

  25. Whiskeytemple scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Complex and rich dram, beautifully influenced by the wine.
    • Nose
      Aroma - intense, spicy, notes of brandy and even dark rum, remembrance of oranges garnished with cinnamon, dried spices, dried strawberries and cherries, fruit sweetness, caramel, dark grapes, even hints of rye, cocoa ice cream, cola, fruit candy, coconut, cocoa cream, sticky toffee pudding, strawberry jam, coffee liqueur, tangible wine influence. The smell evolves in a combination of dried fruit + toffee + chocolate spread, further enhancing the sensation of cinnamon. With water - more rum notes, brandy, cognac, drunk sour cherries.
    • Taste
      Taste - warming, mouth watering, sweet, spicy, oaky but with just faint notes of coffee, dark and red fruit. It feels mature and calm, despite the spiciness. Notes of chili, raspberries, strawberries, a sense of crumbs from the oak influence, and after the second sip dryness. I would describe the feeling of fruity piquancy. With water - weak tannins, spiciness, the influence of the casks stands out.
    • Finish
      Finish - medium, oaky, spicy, sweet feeling, red berries, dark beer, red cherries, weak tannins, burnt notes and toasted fruit tartlets. With water - dryness, tannins, wood, roasted hazelnuts.

  26. Moses scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's expensive, but something unique. For me, the PLV is okay at the pain limit. This malt challenges me so much that I want to suppress the price. He has that special thing Ralfy always talks about. Sweet, sour, salty, malty, spicy wood. Great.
    • Nose
      Without water, the alcohol is annoying. Then sweet malt with a fruit basket "Allerlei" in butterscotch with chocolate bananas baked with caramel. Hi how's it going !? Every 5th minute later, new notes are added. Above everything stands the wooden barrel of grapes. Heavenly complex.
    • Taste
      Violent start but of the good kind. He is not pushy but he keeps you awake. That's how it should be! Pure mouthfeel! Now I could list all the nouns again. But it's much more complex than that. Already at 05.1 I wrote: "Everything is harmoniously interwoven. Spicy, sweet, sour, malty, leathery, what do I know what? Thanks to Bruichladdich!
    • Finish
      Long, long, longer. Sweet and sour dark fruits with rich spice and delicate woody notes wrapped in a fine smoke. Everything is also underlaid with a salty aftertaste. He walks with his head held high. Masterpiece. The Unicorn.

  27. c2abusus scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Wine and sherry notes, grapes, leather, chocolate, mild oak - everything. And yes, the typical musty washcloth - gorgeous!

    One of the last big Bruichladdich.

  28. schengel10 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic malt of 23 years matured in fine barrels - intense, strong, ripe, full-bodied, just delicious! Not cheap but in my opinion worth its price too!
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      fully fruity (plums, ripe grapes, dates), wild herbs, oak;
    • Taste
      powerful onset, fruity (grapes, cherries), full wine aromas, honey, sweet, full-bodied, oily, very complex
    • Finish
      long, full finish; in the end: marzipan bread, dark chocolate;

  29. NcOne scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Really good! This got layers for ages. With every sip you find something new. The complexity just blows you away. A perfect balance of sweetnes, oiliness, fruitiness and all the million other aspects of this magnificent dram. Big hand to big Jim who used his magic to produce this. Sláinte legend!

  30. ruedi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Odor 93
    Taste 92
    Departure 92
    In any case worth its price

  31. jjkmlss did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose: Sachertorte, dates, herbal notes, linseed oil, blueberry, blackberry, smoky.

    Palate: Photinia ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, sour cherry, blackberry, stewed eggplant, tabacco, mushrooms, leather, smoke & charcoal. Reminds me many gross things.

    Body: medium. OVERWHELMING Tertiary scents, not balanced.

    Finish: long with coffee, tobacco, Bacalhau, brownie and assorted Mushrooms.

    I'm sorry I just hate mushrooms, this has been a quite bipolarized one and I'm standing in the neg side for sure. A hard pass.

  32. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly quite good whisky. But somehow it does not blow me. In addition, I feel that not everything is so finely woven in the mouth. For the price triggers no purchase incentive from me.
    • Nose
      Toffee, red grapes, strawberry, raspberry chocolate pudding. Blueberry. Cherry juice, red wine. For the age but relatively fresh and little oak.
    • Taste
      Now the malt is darker. Again the full berry palette and red wine. Then the fruits are covered with dark chocolate. Some tobacco and leather.
    • Finish
      The berries remain. Sweet Sour. Seasoning the oak. Orange peel. Delicate bitterness.

  33. BlackMetal scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    the first time when I drink the blackart4 its amazing me,so much more nose,so beautiful taste,the finish long and gentle,so great!

  34. Islaywolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very good but also very expensive! 2018

    Tried another glass in 2021!
    Must go even higher with my rating.

  35. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  36. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    from a sample.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Complex, sweet malt, especially the nose is outstanding.
    • Nose
      Complex. Sherry, forest fruits, honey, salted caramel, vanilla, spicy oak and antique leather.
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy. Sherry, honey, caramel, fruits and orange peel. Oak and spices: pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, spicy.

  38. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  39. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A super drinkable dram! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1603
    • Nose
      Sherry? Porto? Ready to play guessing? It looks like a Dalmore initially richer (I'll let you guess if it's a compliment or not).
      Then the dried fruits, the honey. It is very aromatic! Blackberry jam.
    • Taste
      Well rich, juicy, greedy, but never too soft. Cooked fruits. Balanced, although "cask-sided", obviously. Some spices.
    • Finish
      Very greedy, dominated by red fruits.

  40. waal scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich Black Art 1990 Edition 04.1, 23 years, 49.2% ABV https://www.whiskybase.com/.../43.../bruichladdich-black-art-041 First impression / color / viscosity: My second tasting with this henna single malt. I can still remember my first dram about half a year ago, which is why the expectations are high. This time too oily in the glass, although not nearly as much as 03.1 Aroma / Nose feeling: Vanilla, honey, figs, nuts and something slightly grassy rise in the nose. As with the previous two whiskys, no alcohol stands out here. Just great to smell it! Taste / mouthfeel: Glorious. Liquid whole milk chocolate on a bed of dark fruits and grapes followed by some more prominent spices (eg pepper). Oh, is the sweet, although the almost 50% but also quite pleasant tickle on the tongue. Yes, they are already alike, the malts tasted so far, but each one is unique in its own way (... and good). Finish / aftertaste / Length: A long finish and the sweet Nachschmecken make me happy. A little bit of wood and tannins point to some of the barrels used and make the scotch even more interesting. Comment: Although I'm not a big Bruichladdich fan, I'm a Black Art fan anyway. Happy, who has the bottles at home can appreciate! Of course, I have to say that I can easily get lost if someone does not like this single malts. They are already something special. Complacent, but own ... Points: 94/100

  41. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  42. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  43. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me an absolute dream malt. He brings something of everything has beautiful flavors and still a great alcohol included. for me a must have 93 pts. the 5.1 is still a touch better
    • Nose
      beautiful round full nose, dates dark fruit and sweet figs dominate, light malty notes that are accompanied with honey and herbs, the alcohol is perfectly integrated. with time, the fruits are lighter in the direction of cherry, wonderfully complex and changeable, red apples and even citrus notes
    • Taste
      slightly oily and full in the body it runs on the tongue. full flavors and a perfectly integrated alcohol. In addition to the forest fruit mug and the slightly astringent dates, he feels like a forest honey.
    • Finish
      the departure is just as full and intense. it is getting drier and brings full barrel wort. he stays in the mouth with many herbs

  44. Nikilema scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  45. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Herbs dance on the tongue - cool, warm, bitter, sweet, astringent, peppery like chili, but also like essential oils of thyme, rosemary, sage .... with freshly beaten wood from which you can still shoot the juices
    • Nose
      wonderfully sweet and exotic fruity, buttery floral, infinitely creamy oak with a delicate, sweet, old-looking lemon and green tea with jasmine flowers. In addition, fruity sweet sour orange, pineapple (white gummy bears), mango, tree juice, pepper and mint, in the background a fine spicy tobacco note
    • Taste
      Cardboard box, very complex oak in different flavors (pruning, sawdust, firewood, oak cabinet wall, new roof truss ....) freshly sawn succulent wood, vegetable peppery, the mouth is dry - astringent extreme :) as if you were chewing on a green olive wood branch - in addition a sweetness as from forest honey and figs with sage leaves ethereally peppery with a vegetable bitterness and herbaceous resinous spiciness, some lemon and citrus oil, pine needles, a little acid, leather
    • Finish
      Herbs dance on the tongue - cool, warm, bitter, sweet, astringent, peppery like chili, but also like essential oils of thyme, rosemary, sage .... with freshly beaten wood from which you can still shoot the juices

  46. Gere scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A beautiful complex fruity sweet touch. deeper still comes a breeze of sweet red wine
    • Taste
      At first a hint of chocolate then candied fruit, grapes or wine-like.
    • Finish
      first a bit malty and then a little marzipan. very pleasant

  47. Vince' scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Spicy, sweet and a sour vinous and slightly charred wood note can be heard. I also hear a slightly earthy or musty, musty note of wet wood. After some time, an association with acidic wine gums with old oak, as well as sour cherry, roasted aromas and lime peels and some jasmine is also identified. A touch of vanilla as well as an old leather note and burnt caramel come to my mind as well. Taste: Short-term spicy-sweet develops very quickly a dominant tingling acid in the entire oral cavity and lingers there quite long-lasting and strong. Behind it, I find something that makes me think of toasted flavors, plums, oranges with orange peel, some caramel, chocolate and old leather. But I can not identify much more, the tingling acid is always the dominant part of the drop in the beginning and makes it slightly unbalanced. The finish is a little shorter than I like and lingers with some chocolate, vanilla and slightly tart but vegetal oak flavors medium on the tongue. Something like coffee / espresso I do not mean to find, the tart aromas are more direction green tea and musty, old spirit saturated with spirit ( not in the negative sense ). Conclusion: interesting. I really like the drop in the nose, but it gives me something unbalanced on the palate that is too tingly over a tart note. Still not a bad drop, but not a "must have" for me.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. jeoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a complex and chameleon malt. Those nose and palate shift quite a bit over time. Wonderful. 
    • Nose
      Complex, deep, and shifting. Soft red fruit, berries, oranges, vanilla, malt. A soft, fruity, and inviting nose. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy arrival. Dark honey, bitter orange, red fruits (ripe plums, berries), balanced by a nice spice. 
    • Finish
      Soft and ethereal at first, but offset quickly by emerging spice. Honey and red fruits that fade into a lingering spice for a medium-long finish. 

  51. Drochaid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: The fragrances rise and blend wonderfully into an olfactory symphony. Delicate notes of rich, plump, crystallized grapes flirt over heavier notes of honey. Deeper hints of lemon and lime - the DNA of Bruichladdich. Taste: Without water, the first thought is, wow! This is strong, the cheeks blush and the eyes are watering, but the heart is in heaven. He is so soft and mature. All the aromas of the nose are also found on the taste buds, and more! Chocolate and coconut, tangerine and papaya and a wonderful infusion of barley sugar with a pinch of cinnamon and anise. Completely fascinating. Finish: Excellent final with notes of grilled peach and apricot sprinkled with brown sugar. (weinquelle.com)

  52. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Characteristic of fine leather, pear, toasted malt with a tinge of
    rubber in the middle, then the aroma evolve to savoury notes of pastry
    skin, oily with pinch of salt. Caramel at spine, with whiff of olorosso
    coming thru, complex, pleasant.

    P- Syrupy sweet of caramel with good weight on palate, velvet and rich. Ginger and plum. Mellow and slick, lightly too sticky.

    F- Medium-long, orange caramel mouth coating.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  53. Kalle208 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    So I am so sorry, but for the price I have imagined something else. Unfortunately, the rating here, not the actual performance or the taste experience or I just got a bad sample ...
    • Nose
      slightly sweet alcohol note (reminiscent of white wine or maibowle), cooling, a touch of milk chocolate, bright fruits
    • Taste
      tastes like an old rag, light sweetness, light spiciness, slightly creamy, noticeable alcohol, oak will be more after some time
    • Finish
      medium length finish with increasing oak load

  54. Mascht scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Anise, apple peel, cocoa, red wine
    • Taste
      creamy, anise, gorgonzola
    • Finish
      Long

  55. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  56. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky Tasting: Bruichladdich Black Art Edition 04.1 1990 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCOplLu3h-I

  57. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  58. zormik scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  60. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Krasser Mix, unique to the Devils Punch Bowls ...
    • Nose
      Apricot, coconut, hand soap, rose petals, banana skin, cream toffee, cherries
    • Taste
      Banana milk, beeswax, hazelnut, hints of smoke and salt in the background, mango, vanilla, apple peel, is that still whisky? Incredible...
    • Finish
      Apple peel, fruity-sweet, vanilla, some oak

  61. Arquebus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Stunning! Complex nose which evolves and moves between Orchard Fruits (pear/ peach) and richer sherry/ madeira dried fruit notes. Some walnut and coconut notes also make their appearance. Rich full bodied in the mouth and a pleasing finish. 92 points from me.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  62. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Flowers (Roses?), Dried Apricots, Caramel, Toffee
    • Taste
      Sweet, Fruits, Canned Peaches, very soft spices
    • Finish
      as above but with a slightly bitter tail

  63. Mascht scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a taste explosion
    • Nose
      Roses, dried fruit, toffee, soap
    • Taste
      Bananas, extremely fruity, strong, beeswax, hazelnuts, some sulfur
    • Finish
      Long

  64. Torfding scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully varied drop, already scratching at the 90 points. Unfortunately, the price is not without.
    • Nose
      What a nose! This Black Art is constantly changing, it is worth to enjoy it over a longer period of time.
      For me wood notes and heavy wine dominate or rather grape juice, sherry and many fruits (especially banana and other exotic, to a lime breath). Sweet is the breath, and over time it is even sweeter, a little vanilla and something like rum, also a salty moisture.
    • Taste
      In the mouth of the Black Art comes strong, but not overwhelmingly violent, but just right. Full-bodied it is fruity, sweet, then bitter (but in a pleasant way), but also sour as from red fruits and berries. Caramel, some cinnamon and a little chocolate are also included.
    • Finish
      The finish is longer and longer with an even longer reverberation of sour red fruits, with spice and wood a very subtle smoky note.

  65. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  66. skratte scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  67. skratte scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    excellent dram, exciting
    • Nose
      apple, honey, canned cherry, hints of oak
    • Taste
      light, sweet, fruity, complex, dusty carpet
    • Finish
      sweet berries, marzipan, hints of banana vanilla and salt

  68. Egge scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Currants, light apple, light wood and a little salt.
      Very fruity and sweet and even sweeter and sweeter. Light vanilla.
    • Taste
      Pretty soft and velvety. I do not have any dryness, the red berries, especially currants are there too. Some wood.
    • Finish
      A pleasant bitterness that stays relatively long. The red fruits stay there, the wood disappears slowly.

  69. Sidney87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  70. LittleAlbert scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  71. Segens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I am quite disappointed looking at the price of the bottle (200€) and the positive feedback of this whisky so far (88.49 points - and knowing that I generally vote >average :-) ). Maybe I just was not able to identify all details of this complex whisky.. Not bad but surely not my favorite!
    • Nose
      Sour fruits, vanilla, some oak and sherry. The alcohol tickles the nose a bit. It is quite complex and you should give it some minutes before its diffusing its full body.
    • Taste
      I do not have too many different influences to the nose. Maybe the fruits are now more obvious as I have dark berries and sour apple. Also the oak and bitterness are now more dominant.
    • Finish
      Quite long and medium bitter finish but a lot of chocolate which I had not had before. Quite nice!

  72. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The smell is intense and wild at first, before it gets milder. The taste fits, just like the finish. To no other of the Black Art series, the name fit better than this (the first I do not know), the whisky looks very dark and mysterious. A wonderful Bruichladdich.
    • Nose
      Acid red forest fruits, blackberries, a light sting from the alcohol, but that hardly bothers, currant, behind it spicy wood, and also a light maritime touch, salt water, with time, the smell is always sweeter, sherry and a little vanilla. Like it a lot.
    • Taste
      Soft oily body, mild, if slightly dry onset, dark red fruits, again the blackberries and currants, some oak, bitterness, sweeter, chocolate and red wine
    • Finish
      Wood, delicate bitterness and in the background still the red fruits, especially currant, everything stays long on the palate

  73. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      slight sweetness; spices; (Red wine; Barrel / oak; Papaya; passion fruit
    • Taste
      sweet and sour; Wort; becoming drier; bright fruits
    • Finish
      warm; spices; slightly fruity; Barrel wort (beautiful wood notes); medium, but the barrel flavors remain long

  74. MaG Loed scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  75. MaG Loed scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Convince me especially in the nose, looking forward to the next glass :)
    • Nose
      First thought: R itter Sport rum and grape nut, slight tingling in the nose, grape becomes more intense
    • Taste
      tastes like it smells, grape is there, dark chocolate, nibbling at the tip of the tongue
    • Finish
      Mouth whisky, there remains labge, slightly oily and complex

  76. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion an overagend expression. Some over the edge casks mixed with fine matured sherry and some bourbon cask whisky. A very undistinguishable mix of casks. 

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Sherry, grapes, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, fudge, sweet fruits, cane sugar, gingerbread.
    • Taste
      Sweet pepper, burned mushrooms, fremented fruits mixed with oak, balsamic vinegar.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Rasins. Nuts. Pepper.

  77. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    That polarizes, I like to believe. Personally, I like him, if only because he is so difficult to grasp and constantly reinvents himself. Conclusions on the barrel selection are virtually excluded here. One has the impression that there was also one or the other barrel, which was already something "over the edge". But that gives it a special charm, although I'm not usually a friend of acid notes at all.

    I would give the hint to scotch it directly out of the bottle, heated loses the nose but clearly complexity, drink it should then handwarm again, the taste gains a lot of abundance that cold can not be appreciated. He does not get 90 points either, they are reserved for whiskys without manuals.

    But one thing you can not say to the dram in any case, namely that he would be boring.
    • Nose
      Buy bananas, sherry fruits and some alcohol in your nose. Very interwoven impressions of some salt, malt, grapes, kiwis, peaches, butterscotch toffee banana again, some white wine, vile caramel and much more. There's something going on in the nose! Many complex, composite odors reminiscent of certain sweets remain very buttery. Heated, vinous and thick sherry-gods first take the scepter. Then it becomes fruity again buttery. Now and then the alcohol stings something in the nose. The wine notes become an accompanying keynote.
    • Taste
      Strong peppery onset, behind are mainly slightly sour fruity caramel and honey notes, the sweetness is discreet. Sounds kind of stupid and unattractive, but pleases very well. Everything is quite well interwoven.
    • Finish
      The finish goes buttery into the acidity, the acid then gives way slowly to a nutty impression on the tongue, which remains underlaid with raisins for a relatively long time. If he is almost forgotten, there is actually a hint of salt.

  78. u485tfu scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    70P

    Smell: sweet, raisins, Black Forest cherry, cane sugar, vanilla, baking powder

    Taste: Start with a light sting, then brutally sweet, I would even say unpleasant sweet, perfumed

    Finish: the perfumed one stops

    Verdict: I really like Jim McEwan, but this drop is tough on the edge

  79. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The Black Art 04.1 was my first Black Art which I had in the glass. This Bruichladdich is and was something special! The fruity nose and the wonderful taste harmonize very well with the intense finish. An unexpected variety of flavors and tastes have made this multi-layered drop into a tasting experience.
    • Nose
      The black art shimmers in the nosing glass in intense and amber colors. Creamy and oily, the drops spread on the glass wall and run back slowly and cumbersome in the glass. A fine sherry aroma rises from the glass. Dark fruits, dates and light sweetness rise in my nose. A subtle hint of smoke and peat mixes with chocolate, vanilla and a light spiciness. The alcohol is finely integrated and harmonizes well with the nose.
    • Taste
      At the first sip, a bitter and intense espresso taste fills my palate. Dark chilli chocolate comes to the fore. A pleasant sharpness and an intense woody note alternate. Now ripe fruits and a malty sweetness come to the fore. Again, chocolate pushes forward, this time it's nut chocolate.
    • Finish
      After this multi-layered taste experience remains an intense and nutty finish, which spreads chubby warm in the mouth. For a long time, chocolate, espresso and dark fruits are remembered. A fine wooden note and again this nutty finish finish this wonderful dram.

  80. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  81. franpincoffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/bruichladdich-black-art-4-1/

    Black Art is Jim McEwan’s expression of the blender’s art in mystical terms, using a recipe of casks known only to him and a handful of trusted colleagues. This edition is 23 years old, and known to use a blend of unpeated malts matured in American Oak and French Oak casks.

    The nose has notes of grape jam, honey, driftwood, hints of lemon and lime, seaweed and brine, and is very smooth and inviting. The taste is rich, fruity, and tropical with notes of mango, papaya, and a hint of kiwi fruit, along with vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, and hints of cinnamon and clove that help provide a great balance. The finish is long with notes of grilled pineapple, hints of peach and apricot, brown sugar, and caramel candy. Outstanding!

  82. dicembre29 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Quite jammy. Chocolate doughnuts…with chocolate glaze. Some wine or sangria-like notes. A touch of a salty seabreeze. A vague whiff of suede. Sour purple ju-jubes and wine gums. This is a heavy, heavy dram. but I like the nose quite a bit actually.

    Palate: Great immediate arrival, with a lot of spice and deep threads of sour dark fruits, but quickly bitters into oversaturated wine notes. Not my thing, I must admit. Apples and apple skins. Like chewing on a stick of wine-soaked wood. An odd spice note. Touch of leather. Faint licorice. Like black wine gums. Somewhat sour and punchy.

    Thoughts: A nose that shines, but a palate that only dimly illuminates

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=47

     

     

  83. Ciro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  84. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      Icing sugar, slight smoke, dates, sweet tobacco, custard powder.
    • Taste
      Golden malt, rich and oily with spices. Green apples, then sticky figs, soft dates, chocolate, Brazil nuts, and banana bread.
    • Finish
      Long, chewy, oaky finish with wafts of fruit coming through.

  85. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan's personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich.

    We believe in the soul of the artisan.

    “Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires.", William Shakespeare, Macbeth

    Tasting Notes by Bruichladdich
    • Nose
      The aromas rise and mingle beautifully creating an olfactory symphony in your hand. Little notes of rich, plump, crystallised grapes flirt over heavier notes of honey. Go deeper and you will find the tang of lemon and lime - This is the DNA of our Bruichladdich spirit; the terroir of ancient peat lands and Islay’s exposed coastline, living, breathing proof that magic really does exist.
    • Taste
      Without water the first thought that enters my head is wow! This is strong and my cheeks flush, my eyes water but my heart is in heaven. Its so, so mellow and mature and yes, you can find all of the aromatics on the taste buds and more!!! I get chocolate and coconut, tangerine and papaya and a wonderful infusion of barley sugar with a pinch of cinnamon and aniseed. Completely mesmerising.
    • Finish
      Grilled peach and apricot sprinkled with demerera sugar, quite outstanding.

  86. fradin11 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  87. wacher did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I bought one today at BorderShop Puttgarten at EUR 147.46 They have it
    at display in a locked glass display in their whisky section. I
    expected that they would have opened the glass display and given me one
    but no. They told me to go the information and pick one up from there so
    that it what I did. I don't know how many they have but there were in
    stock when I left the shop. They keep them at their information desk.

  88. ralfh scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A nice dram, the PLV is already to rethink
    • Nose
      Plum, blood orange, cinnamon, almond, marzipan, alcohol well integrated
    • Taste
      Ripe plum, red fruits, chocolate, light spicy, chili
    • Finish
      Long, plum, chocolate, light cocoa bitterness

  89. getz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose
    The aromas rise and mingle beautifully creating an olfactory symphony in your hand. Little notes of rich, plump, crystallised grapes flirt over heavier notes of honey. Go deeper and you will find the tang of lemon & lime - this is the dna of our Bruichladdich spirit; the terroir of ancient peat lands and Islayâ€

  90. getz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Jim McEwan has done it again! The 4th edition of this very collectable Black Art series is now available. Black Art 4 uses only the finest American and French oak casks, but that`s all we know, in fact that`s all anybody knows about this mysterious bottling

  91. getz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    how many bottles?

  92. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA:

    Nose: Little notes of rich, plump, crystallized grapes over heavier notes of honey. Later lemon and lime.

    Palate: Mellow and mature. Chocolate and coconut, tangerine and papaya and a wonderful infusion of barley sugar with a pinch of cinnamon and aniseed.Finish: Grilled peach and apricot sprinkled with Demerera sugar.

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