Black Art by Bruichladdich
Usually, people wanna know what goes into their drink, but with Bruichladdich’s Black Art series the proof is in the tasting. Former master distiller Jim McEwan oversaw the previous incarnation of the series, while current dead distiller Adam Hamnett took the reins for 5.1 and with the latest 6.1. Continuing the secrecy of what goes into each edition, the 6.1 is no different. What we do know is that it’s a 26-year-old unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky that’s non-chill filtered and free of colouring. It’s also limited to 18,000 numbered bottles. The spirit used in the 6 is something that Hamnett worked with since he started in the warehouse. It was recasked once before it became this final itineration of Black Art 6.1.
Nose-wise you’re reminded of dark chocolate and charred oak from a recent fire. As the whisky opens, there’s a sweetness of brown sugar. It tastes fruity, oaky. There’s the ghost of vanilla. It’s like riding a bucking horse as the flavours swirl and shift. It’s a puzzle that’s hard to figure out, but you’re enjoying yourself as you’re trying to solve it.
Bruichladdich’s Black Art 6.1 (700ml) retails for SGD650 and is available at La Maison du Whisky. For those, looking for a taster, Black Art 6.1 is available by the dram at Jigger & Pony at Amara Hotel and retailsfor SGD79 for 45ml.