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Bruichladdich Black Art Single Malt returns this fall – Robb Report

There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in the whiskey world, but Bruichladdich is generally a reliable beacon of transparency in this industry that is otherwise lacking. That’s what makes Black Art’s annual release even more enticing: the distillery won’t reveal the composition of the casks used to mature this ultra-aged premium single malt.

You might reflect on this opacity and say to yourself, “Who cares? Well, much of Scotch’s flavor comes from the barrels it’s aged in, or even the majority according to some experts, as well as the color. This last part is especially true when it comes to Bruichladdicha distillery that does not color its whiskey. So, given the focus on terroir and how it applies to everything from barley origin to cask type, why aren’t the woody origins of Black Art revealed? ? According to the distillery, this is to give chief distiller Adam Hannett “complete creative freedom”. And, as a result, Black Art releases have been pretty delightful and creatively satisfying, so however the whiskey is maturing works. “It allows me to take risks and explore realms of possibility,” Hannett said in a statement. “Making whiskey is all about the harmonious marriage of cask and spirit, and Black Art 10 is a celebration of the extraordinary things that can happen when we let go of the detail and simply appreciate and enjoy the flavor.”

And the whiskey has been aging for decades, as Black Art’s releases were pulled from “pre-Renaissance” whiskey stocks, as the distillery likes to call it. This means whiskey made before the original distillery closed in 1994 and reopened in 2000. The current edition, Black Art 10, is a 29-year-old distillery. single malt whiskey (vintage 1993) bottled at 45.1% ABV and distilled from unpeated malt. This last point is important to know, because while Bruichladdich’s main expression, The Classic Laddie, is unpeated, the distillery is famous for its intensely peated whiskeys – the Port Charlotte range, and the smoky brazier which is the annual octomore range of whiskies.

Beyond all this information… well, there isn’t much to say about this whiskey as far as production details go. The official tasting notes describe an orange, ginger and lemon meringue pie, followed by apricot and marzipan on the palate. There are also hints of coconut, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla with a healthy dose of toasty oak. The price of Black Art 10 is $699, which is normal with such an old and limited release. Indeed, the distillery claims that pre-Renaissance whiskey casks are a finite resource, which they must be by the laws of physics, though it’s not revealed what that really means. Either way, this is a single malt whiskey that won’t disappoint. The launch was delayed a bit in the US, but it should start showing up at retailers in the coming weeks.