The Bruichladdich distillery recently launched the 10th version of its limited edition Black Art series, taking the form of a 29 year old single malt distilled in 1993.
Black Art Edition 10, according to those behind it, has little publicly known information in keeping with the roots behind this series. Only Bruichladdich Head Distiller, Adam Hannett, knows the recipe to it, with even the composition of the casks remaining a mystery.
“As a whisky brand committed to giving our customers as much information as we possibly can, our Black Art series is a real leap of faith,” said Adam in a prepared statement. “The creative freedom I have when creating this single malt is a privilege. It allows me to take risks and explore the realms of possibility.
“Whisky making relies on the harmonious marriage between cask and spirit, and Black Art 10 is a celebration of the extraordinary things that can happen when we abandon the detail and simply appreciate and enjoy the flavour.”
Black Art 10, bottled at 45.1% ABV, is unpeated and available now, pricing at £395. Official tasting notes make mention that, “on the nose, an immediate bright and fruity note moves into praline, cedar and leather. Orange barley sugars, ginger nut biscuits and lemon meringue pie dance on the palate, with toasted oak bringing smooth chocolate and vanilla.
“Velvet in texture, the smooth finish has notes of tablet and fudge, while subtle tobacco and a hint of ginger linger.”