Bruichladdich Black Art 8.1

Bruichladdich Black Art 8.1

(0.75l, 45.1%)

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An exceptionally smooth, un-peated, limited edition Single Malt from Bruichladdich that will make your mouth water.

The Bruichladdich Distillery is very impressive. In 1881 the Harvey brothers — who came from a Whisky family dynasty — built a cathedral-like, state-of-the-art Victorian still house with unheard-of six-meter tall stills. After being closed for a short period between 1994-2001, the distillery was brought back to life using pretty much the same 100 year old equipment by two London Wine merchants, who believed that terroir matters. They proudly practice slow fermentation and slow distillation using traditional wooden vats and huge washes made from towering Douglas Fir. The distillery produces non-peated Bruichladdich Single Malt, Port Charlotte which is peated in the classic Islay style, the heavily peated Octomore, and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.

The Black Art series from Bruichladdich gets its name from the mystery of the casks it comes from — they keep them a secret. Bruichladdich Black Art 8.1 is no exception. We do know that the Spirit in the bottle was distilled in 1994, making it a twenty-six year-old dram of the good stuff. We also know that it is un-peated with everything being done on Islay from distillation to maturation to bottling. And it is placed in those mysterious black bottles without chill filtration or coloring at 45.1% ABV. We also know that this popular release is limited to just 12,000 bottles, and while that might sound like a lot, we assure you that there are many hundred of thousands of dedicated fans waiting to get their hands on a bottle to call their own.

Smartass Corner:
Bruichladdich is darned hard to say correctly. The trouble is that the "-ich" in Scots Gaelic is sometimes pronounced as a hard "k" and sometimes it’s silent. And in "Bruichladdich" there’s one of each. Say it this way: "brook - laddie" and you’ll be close.

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citrus zest
dried fruit
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Twenty-six years brings a ton of complexity to the aroma with bright citrus zests, sea-salt caramel, dried stone fruits, warm pipe tobacco, and some floral notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile leads with sweet wood notes of oak and cedar, walnuts, Walker’s shortbread biscuits, a touch of marmalade.

The finish is VERY smooth with a lemon tart thing happening which is nice.
Ratings & Reviews
The smoothest, tastiest Scotch you can drink. Sniff to finish is an experience to be cherished
My first black art was the 6.1. That one is an 11 in my opinion. This one is a 10.9. You get where I’m going with this right? Bruichladdich never disappoints. Ever!!!!
Nose is complex and intriguing, but the palette felt thin when compared to previous releases.
Nose of faint green apple, pear with a hint of vanilla and ash. Mouth is very complex and enjoyable, although admittedly hard for me describe. I taste a bit of nuttines and caramel with warm lingering spice and a hint of citrus and bitterness on the long lasting finish. I'm glad I got to try from my local whisky bar, but frankly I have enjoyed better whisky at far lower price points. Based on taste alone, I rate it as 8, but taking price into consideration, closer to a 6-7.
Very mature, with citrus and oak on the nose. Taste with notes of maple syrup, walnut, toasted oak and coconut. Very, very, good Dram.
As tasty as it is beautiful. This is the embodiment of what a great scotch should be. From the warm opening to the silky smooth follow through. Would highly recommend.
How would you compare it to 4.1?
I have 4.1 as well. It's safe to say that each is in a a league of it's own. Both hit the palate in different ways. The newest version has a citrus, caramel nutty flavor unlike it's predecessor. I have both and I don't think you will be let down or disappointed.
Awesome sounds enticing. I will then keep it for a very special occasion instead of trying to resell it. Happy holidays!
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