Black Art is the creation of Jim McEwan, “Master Magician” of the Bruichladdich Distillery, introduced in 2009. In his own words it is “his personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich”.
The cask selection remains the secret of the maker, never to be revealed. The third edition presented here comprises whisky distilled in 1989, aged in white American oak and French oak for 22 years and bottled at natural strength of 48.7% abv. Black Art 03.1 was released in April 2012 with an outrun of 12,000 bottles. Each bottle is adorned with hexagram, what adds more mystery to the “Black Art” concept.
Nose: rich and winey, black cherries, mixed berries, prunes, raisins, crème brûlée, mixed nuts, nutmeg, cloves, hints of tobacco and oak.
Palate: lots of red fruits, cherries, raspberries, red currants, raisins, black pepper, nutmeg, licorice, toasted oak and a touch of leather.
Finish: long, with pleasant oaky bitterness, red fruit, nuts and almonds and dark chocolate.