Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1

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  • Distiller:

    Bruichladdich

  • Bottler:

    Bruichladdich

  • ABV:

    49.2%

  • Age:

    23 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The palate opens to Parma violets, underpinned with light lavender, where fleshiness mingles with the exotic notes of manuka honey, pomegranate, apricot pits, and dried lemon. It pushes malt into a new area, but that’s the point.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: While Black Art may have mysterious origins, the final result is simply sublime. This is a complex and nuanced whisky that is exceptionally well-made.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long with notes of grilled pineapple, hints of peach and apricot, brown sugar, and caramel candy. Outstanding!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Black Art hasn’t always been a favorite of mine, but 4.1 is drinking with a better balance, with nice chewiness and plenty of wine barrel influence to it.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Blends extremely well, the complexity here is delightful. The juicy Apricot jam note is striking, delicious and opulent.
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  • Intro:

    A blend of casks known only to Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan, Black Art 4.1 was distilled in 1990 at Bruichladdich in a rare annual release that seeks to capture the mind of the magician on staff at one of Islay's most transparent, yet enigmatic distilleries.

  • Nose:

    Complex, jammy nose. Apricot jam, honey, toffee, slivered almond. Rich, jammy, juicy. Opulent, even.

  • Taste:

    Rich and butter forward. Buttery mouthfeel, creamy stewed fruits. Apricot, peach, pear, currant, a hint of cherry. Faint parchment, tobacco, pepper.

  • Finish:

    Long, rich finish. Jammy once more with the addition of more pepper, cream, clove. Savory, faintly mineral finish.

  • Overall:

    Blends extremely well, the complexity here is delightful. The juicy Apricot jam note is striking, delicious and opulent.

  • Score:

    8

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