Black Art series introduced in 2009 is the creation of legendary Jim McEwan, “his personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich”. The cask selection remained a secret of the maker, never to be revealed.
Jim McEwan retired in the summer of 2015 and Adam Hannett took over the master distiller post. He also followed his mentor’s footsteps continuing the Black Art project. Black Art 05.1 was his first edition and remains as mysterious as any previous release. All we know is that it contains whiskies distilled in 1992 and aged in Bruichladdich warehouses. Black Art 05.1 was released on Christmas 2016 with an outrun of 12,000 bottles adorned with hexagram, what makes the Black Art concept even more enigmatic.
Nose: very complex, raisins, black cherries, plums, orange peel, honey, vanilla cream, brown sugar, licorice, cinnamon, potpourri and touch of herbs.
Palate: rich, bitter orange marmalade, dried berries, dark chocolate, gingerbread, honey, fresh herbs, licorice, cloves, hints of leather and oak.
Finish: very long and pretty spicy, with notes of pepper, cinnamon, mixed herbs, oak tannins and trace of dried fruit.