THIS FOURTH INCARNATION OF THE NOW LEGENDARY BLACK ART IS AS ENIGMATIC AS EVER, THE COMPOSITION OF CASKS A MYSTERY TO ALL BUT ITS CREATOR.
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
The marriage of the spirit from truly magical casks has created a sensational texture, both sleek and suggestive. Lose yourself in the sweet, fruity, mellow oakiness of this bewitching spirit.
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.
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.
Grilled peach and apricot sprinkled with demerera sugar, quite outstanding.
Drink whenever you wish, with whomever you wish. The last to leave will be the angels who danced with the devil and won.
| OTH 89 points (Aug19 2013)
A melange of casks and techniques that only Jim McEwan knows about. The fourth iteration of his Black Art manages to mix mature notes of beeswax-burnished church pews, a sprinkling of rose water, dried mango, rosehip syrup, and potpourri. The palate opens to Parma violets, underpinned with light lavender, where fleshiness mingles with the exotic notes of manuka honey, pomegranate, apricot pits, and dried lemon. It pushes malt into a new area, but that’s the point. £200
(Winter 2013) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
|Alc,49.2% / Vol,700ML