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Bruichladdich Black Art 04.1

Overall rating
88.70/100
votes
55
Whiskybase ID
WB56198
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
23 years old
Strength
49.2 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottle code
P/141036 15/050
Barcode
5055807400138
Added on
11 Jul 2014 2:07 pm by mrgood
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 672.93

22 × in wishlist

55 × member ratings

181 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 04.1

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.70 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] A review of a sample provided by a good friend today...

    ...a truly good friend! This is a delicious and flawless modern sherried dram with just about the right balance of the "holy whisky trinity" of wine-, malt- and wood-induced flavours. The nose is a little shy first so give it some time to breathe and play around with water - like many excellent drams this is a perfect swimmer...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers a fine modern sherry profile without any off-note. It is very shy first and demands some time of breathing. The sherry is rather dry and shows bitter notes of herbs and tobacco leafes beside the fruits and nuts. Some old leathers and a minor eucalyptus note pop up after a while as do the spicy woods, finally. An excellent modern sherry nose, for sure...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered on both clean modern sherry and malt flavours in a great balance. No one tries to dominate - they rather support each other. In later layers tasty chocolatey and toffee-marzipan notes appear before finally the spices and herbs kick in. No flaw or imbalance, this is just very, very quaffable. Some water releases additional aromas in the nose and turns both the taste and finish smoother (hence even more quaffable) - I like this dram both neat and a little reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a fine creamy mouthfeel. The finish is very long and adds even more spices and waxes. No distracting bitter or astringent moments, these were perfect casks - thanks for that selection, dear Jim!

  2. Joint86 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very complex and interesting whisky with a rich palette of derivatives. Perfectly balanced: no component of taste or aroma dominates the rest.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dense, multi-layered: leather, tobacco, raw leaves, dried fruit, a little peach, a pinch of spices, red wine, mineral note
    • Taste
      91 91
      Stringy, buttery. Strong tea, bitter chocolate, coffee bitterness, raw champignon
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, woody-spicy with a light haze

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    This is so good!

    The noise is rich with flavour and deep in body; caramel, sherry, milk chocolate, raisins and so much more!

    The palate is thick, rich, sweet and creamy; caramel, black liquorice, a bit of almond, medium dark chocolate, bitter marmalade.

    This oxidizes very well. It's been more then a full year since I opened it and it's much better in the noise and palate now than when first opened.

    A beautiful scotch that needs no water.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    08-03-2020
    • Nose
      73 73
      sherry, lactic
    • Taste
      76 76
      sherry, pepper
    • Finish
      75 75
      sherry, pepper

  5. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Overall scored 88 for the mere fact it's interesting to pick out all the component casks that present themselves. At times wine, then bourbon. then sherry and so on.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. thebonewolf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Malt forward. Maybe some plum. Anise. Overall “airy” feel. Some other kind of fruit, probably some kind of grape.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Comes alive in a big way. It’s difficult to explain just how big this comes in without swearing. There is an amazingly fruity burst, malty undertone, spicy wood, and a funk. The funk doesn’t necessarily taste of cheese, but it is the kind of funk a sharp cheese has.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Malty, warm but not spicy. It tasted old in that way whisky and tobacco can taste that sounds bad but really is a good thing.

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I had this in a Bruichladdich lineup which included DNA 36year, bruichladdich 21, Port Charlottes, Octomore’s... it didn’t fair as well as I remembered it. So it’s an 87 today, but cloud be more tomorrow
    • Nose
      87 87
      Not as creamy as I remembered, and only hints of wax (my memory said there was more of this). Chilies, tang, blood orange, apricot
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sour keys, peppercorns, full and rich mouthfeel, slightly waxy, sweet, syrupy
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pebbles, chlorine, gravel, sweet and rich. A bit nutty even

  8. valery77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry sherry, dried apricots, dried apples, a touch of menthol, old oak boards, furniture lacquer, acetone, almonds, lemon, perfume notes, old leather clothing. 22
    • Taste
      89 89
      Medium to full-bodied, moderately dry. Citrus sour (lemon), oak tannins, spices (black pepper), salt, dry sherry, apricot. 22
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, enveloping. Oak motifs dominate. Wine notes. Toward the end of the dram appears light-light smoke, menthol, wax. 23

      Sophisticated, balanced, pleasantly hardened whisky, which does not open immediately. Balance - 23
      Total 90

  9. DrBardamu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Black Art 04.1 is the fourth incarnation of Bruichladdich's Black Art series. According to the distillery, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the Heart of Bruidchladdich, where he works to explore the esoteric relationship between spirit and wood.

    Comprised of whisky from a selection of casks that are kept a closely guarded secret (known only by McEwan), the only information is that it was distilled in 1990, aged for 23 years during which American and French Oak casks are used.

  10. DrBardamu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

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