Bruichladdich Black Art 05.1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
24 years old
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
200 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L/160508 16/319
Added on
08 Dec 2016 9:01 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 388.06

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Black Art 05.1

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Hmmmmmh... Not a lot happening initially, at least without water. Noses pretty "modern", with the typical aromas imparted by bespoke, American-oak, sherry-seasoned casks and the fragrant, floral, almost perfumy notes characteristic of French oak. No smoke that I can detect, and I'm also struggling to pick up on the specific qualities of the distillate, apart from faint ideas of ozone, chlorine, and, with a lot of good will, something that could be classified as "maritime" in the broadest sense (blue algae, maybe)? If I was having this blind, I would never estimate the age at >20 years; I'd be much more likely to put this at around 18 years of age. More time in the glass lets the undiluted liquid display nice notes of Espresso ristretto and mousse au chocolat made from dark chocolates. Yummy, I have to admit.

    Undiluted, the attack is very soft, the texture silky. There's some sweetness and meatiness from the sherry casks, then the savory elements take over and a wave of salt builds up and comes roaring in over the mid-palate. Toward the death, there's a growing spiciness - almost as if this were Talisker - and additional floral and herbal elements. The wood kicking in, in other words. Without added water, the finish is syrupy sweet and faintly woody-vegetal, a bit like the aftertaste of an herbal cough drop. So without any added water, I'd say this is very okay (and oaky, haha) stuff, but nowhere near the 250 € category, where this is priced at.

    With water, the barley comes out more, things get maltier and a bit "brighter," i.e. the dark, sherried aspects recede. Now there's also some citrus and perhaps a distant echo of pulped exotic fruits (papaya, guava). The sherry tones, now providing the background rather than the figurehead, tend toward musk, leather and (again:) espresso. Not a huge improvement with water, I'd say.

    On the palate, the body has lost some substance with water, the attack is much diminished (even a bit thin now), as is the saltiness. The spicy and herbal aspects hold up best, but all in all, the malt gives off the impression that it has already been diluted to the exact sweet spot the blender had selected, and that adding more water just makes things flabby and less interesting. Not a good swimmer, then, this one. Ah, and oh yes: the finish, too, loses with water.

    Overall, this is a nice designer whisky that fails to deliver the goods. Not what you'd hope for in a bottle this expensive. My advice: if you're looking for a dark, well-sherried and substantive "modern" whisky with some oomph and a much better finish, opt for the 17-year-old Highland Park "The Dark," which provides a similar, but more pronounced experience, for roughly 100 € less.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    After this dram I realized A: What I had missed so far. B: Why everyone writes so much in the notes :-) A surprise for me. And it cannot be described that precisely. An up and down, a back and forth. Very blatant part! Hot ! But not more than 230EUR!
    The next bargain will be a house whisky.
    • Nose
      Wow, the nose is overwhelming (to me). The last time I had something like that in the glass (also from the color) was a Glen Elgin 1997 GM. At first I was just happy. I don't want to get lost in small small things with nouns either. This nose is also only special for those who can appreciate it. Extra class fruit and floral notes! What's going on ! So awesome. I have to open the 04.1 too !! Done deal.
    • Taste
      Now you need 1. a lot of time, 2. some water, 3. a large and occasionally a very small sip.
      Anyone who takes the time here will spend the evening in whisky heaven. A mouthfeel made to measure and everything is very harmoniously interwoven. Spicy, sweet, sour, malty, leathery, what do I know what everything. Thanks to Bruichladdich !!
    • Finish
      Clearly long! Very balanced with everything your heart desires. Spicy Christmas cookies with floral notes made to measure. Peppery malty and everything so mature. Hammer!

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    Unfortunately just a small sample at a show.
    Really would have liked to explore this some more.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lovely inviting harmonious sweetness.
      Quality wood, dark fruits, complex and very well ballanced.
      Difficult to analyze over just one dram, but very similar and just as good as the 04.1
    • Taste
      95 95
      Sweet, fruity, with well integrated wood notes.
      A marvelouse dram, even a hint better than the 04.1
      Well ballanced, a nicely orchestrated symphony of flavours.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long and slow fading.
      Never a dull moment or anything you would question.
      Just plain wonderful.

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The smell invites to explore, because the impression is changeable and complex without losing the basic character of sweet sherry. The sweetness decreases more and more, the longer the whisky is in the mouth. In the finish, the oak is the superficial element, but neither is the sweetness completely lost, nor does the bitterness towards the end dominate the whisky. All this makes the whisky exciting. For those who are looking for, this whisky has many flavors to offer. I really like it.
    • Nose
      Sweet and soft, no alcoholic notes, dried fruit, raisins, semi-dry red wine, sherry, behind it delicate citrus notes, orange, slightly spicy, earth, some caramel, a hint of sage
    • Taste
      The onset is stronger than expected by the smell. The whisky is warm on the tongue, medium body, slightly creamy consistency, a hint of spiciness, paprika, slightly sour orange, orange peel, fine-sour chocolate, mocha beans
    • Finish
      Warming, pleasant bitterness of the oak, nutty, drier than in the nose and in the taste, the wine notes recede, bread crust, a touch of espresso, burned sugar

  5. Hemdl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The experiment, the "masterpiece" of Adam, has in my humble opinion been completely successful. A really strong malt, in which at most the price of currently just € 270 for 0.7 liters ensures that there is no box of it with me.
    • Nose
      As with its predecessors, the nose already captivates the gentle connoisseur. Heavy sherry and minimal wine notes create a fruity-fresh and delightfully sweet blend of flavors. Raisins, cherries, dried fruits, some honey and a few floral notes. Quite a bit oak, which is more likely to be divined. Wonderfully balanced, constantly changing and without an alcoholic note, the 05.1 is very complex in the nose. That's the way whisky goes, it's fun!
    • Taste
      Slightly sharp onset, which is not due to the alcohol, rather a kind of pepperiness, then wonderfully cuddly and full-bodied. The fruity-sweet aroma mixture from the nose is still present, but now shows more restrained. This leaves the spicy oak notes more space that can unfold without annoying bitterness or extremely dry echoes. The whole wonderfully balanced and without blemish and blame.
    • Finish
      Long finish, which is determined by the spicy wood notes. Maybe at this point a bit too much wood, which is already whining on a high level. Very soft, without junk marks.

  6. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Eye / Nose: Heavy, brownish hue. Dark amber. Typical for a BA, I would almost say. I have to smile at the first Verriechen. It smells very, very delicious, but to smell out single notes reliably is something for connoisseurs who really appreciate complex malts and are prepared to give you the due attention and, above all, plenty of time. The nose initially reminds of a combination of heavy sweet wine and sherry, no alcoholic pungency. Dried fruits, primarily raisins, but not to be confused with the rumrosines in the BA2 and partly also in the BA3. Also, the very vain impact that has the BA4 in the nose and the Malt so many fans, due to the acidity, initially a little lacking, is missing here. Of course no smoke, as I could still swear to have discovered him quite prominently in BA1 and 2. Dessert notes, with a fresh, floral note. The earthiness of earlier editions can only be guessed at here. Palate: Again, a velvety warm on the palate, restrained Pfeffrigkeit. Slight tingling reveals the perfectly integrated alcohol. Full-bodied. Very balanced range of aromas. Removed I associate because of the memorable as well as unobtrusive sweetness and the complexity of a very high quality, old cognac. Very restrained raisins and honey notes, many spice and wood notes without sulfur - completely without blame! Should Virign Oak be involved? Delicately melting milk chocolate and caramel cream accompany the BA5 from the palate to the finish. Finish / Conclusion: Great, long and just as soft as slowly decaying finish, which invites you to cozy Weiterernippen, or should I say more likely, tempted? Again the nice, pleasant warmth. Amazing, the length of the Nachklangs for an ungetorften Malt. Class whisky, there is in terms of taste in my eyes, nothing to criticize. If one wants to say something negative at all, then at most, that here, too, like so often, the distilling character is superimposed. The barrels dominate the character of the malts. But they do more than impressive! Less smoky and - in a positive sense - musty than the 2, less dirty and earthy than the 3, less vinous than the 4. But much more pleasing than the previous Black Arts, strong, self-confident, not nearly as fragile as the BA4, which I almost reluctantly used in tastings despite his famos quality, because he is in direct comparison with other malts, best even price-wise towards the end of one Tastings, barely able to fully unfold its splendor. The direct comparison with the 1er unfortunately I have to stay guilty, I did not have it open and have given my last sample to an old friend. But the BA1 I have at least fruity in remembrance. "Blueberry mousse and a kind of sugared blackcurrants" are from that time in my sly booklet. To sum it up, the BA 5.1 remains as fascinating and mysterious as its esteemed predecessors. What more do you want?

  7. coldsun scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Paint, chocolate, dried fruits, different vines, sweet malt, sweet spices. Taste and finish are much weaker than flavor.

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    I find it quite different than the 4.1, this is more winey but very well integrated much like the 6.1. Seems to have improved with oxidation since first opened two months ago.

    November 2019; Just finished the bottle and dropped my score down 2 points due to it being a little flat compered to the 6.1 and not really comparable to the 4.1 at all. It's still pretty good, but not really worth the $300cnd it cost me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Mighty Slipper scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Wow! Can not compare memory with certainty compared to 4.1, but 5.1 makes a strong impression and seems more successful. A complex and easy to drink whisky, no false notes. Not a Monster sherry, and this is - in my opinion - its great quality: we are dealing with a subtle sherry.
    • Nose
      This nose is pure greed. It is a cake of gingerbread, accompanied by sticks of licorice planted as candles, all presented on a tray of precious wood. The liquorice sticks turn with the opening to the Lajaunie cachoux and menthol notes enter the dance. There is well roasted coffee too.
    • Taste
      Divine, perfect, wonderful. I make crates but in the category "gluttony", there is this Black Art 5.1. Attack, power and integration of alcohol, balance: no wrong note. And flavors burst: precise, rich, and varied. Gingerbread with honey, mint and liquorice tips. A little spice on the end before the comeback of liquorice but less marked, less strong and mixed with anise, cloves and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long with your tongue impregnated as after you have tapped a whole box of cachoux: nothing really tastes but everything is good ...

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a great complex malt with a very fruity yummy nose - yummy yes! - delicious as the current € 270? No, no way.
    • Nose
      first toasted cereals, sweet, oily, rich complex fruity, intense orange, orange oil, mint, red apples, lemon zest, plums, apricots, spices, leather, freshly spicy oak - freshly sawn, herbaceous meadow, vanilla,
    • Taste
      strong onset, spicy oak, mint, chocolate, herbal aromas such as bark and tree sap, rosemary, pepper - plums and oranges on the palate - against the very fruity nose it is on the palate especially spicy strong
    • Finish
      peppery, spicy, herbs, tannins, light bitterness, becoming increasingly dry.


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