Bruichladdich Black Art 8.1 announced

Unpeated Islay Single Malt Whisky matured for 26 years


Bruichladdich presents the next Black Art and brings the whisky magic back into play: "Decades have passed since this unpeated, magical elixir run out of the Victorian stills ..." To be exact: It was 26 years ago in 1994 when this new make was distilled that was then matured in casks of the Isle of Islay and waited for its destination. Adam Hannett, Head Distiller at Bruichladdich, has now batched the next cuvée from those casks, and the whisky will soon be available as the Black Art 8.1. The exact date has not yet been announced.

The current press release reveals a few details about whisky in the black bottle:

Bruichladdich Black Art 8.1

  • Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Born in 1994 - 26 years old
  • Limited to 12,000 bottles worldwide
  • Cask types: n / a (Adam Hannett's Secret)
  • Distilled, matured and bottled on Islay
  • Extremely slow distillation
  • No chill filtration, no colouring
  • 45.1% ABV for a large variety of aromas

Tasting notes for the Bruichladdich Black Art 8.1

Colour: hazelnut brown with coppery reflections

Nose: A complex aroma puzzle, the parts of which one likes to put together with a lot of calm and enjoyment. It starts with citrus notes, lime peel and fresh oranges, combined with sweet caramel, dried apricots, pipe tobacco and maple syrup. A little later, the Black Art 08.1 smells much more complex - of roasted hazelnuts, vanilla syrup and animal leather. This is followed by pears cooked in honey, apricot jam and a wonderful floral undertone of noble roses and geraniums. At the end of the day you get a sense of the scent of wild thyme and you can be sure, even before the first sip, that this Black Art will forever burn into your memory of tasts.

Taste: The citrus and lime aromas harmonize wonderfully with the woody sweetness of the whisky. The flowing texture is reminiscent of warm honey and goes perfectly with the taste nuances that are reminiscent of maple syrup, walnuts, toasted oak and woody spices. This tangy sweetness is underlined by vanilla, dried apricots, caramel and an opulent aroma reminiscent of Millionaire’s shortbread. The light and creamy texture is a nice contrast to the aromatic depth of this Black Art, which like all Bruichladdich whiskys has the typical DNA of soft stone fruit.

Character: The 08.1 edition really stands out from the series of its predecessors! Here the whisky is in the foreground and the casks were used exclusively to refine the character. The new Black Art tells its very own, unique story of pleasure in its complexity, which is played around with ease.

Finish: The finish is velvety soft and pleasantly sweet with notes of dried fruits, lemon cake, hazelnuts and creamy milk chocolate.

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