Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1989 Black Art
Truly awesome cask finish
Makign whisky taste good
Awards for Black Art
Also from Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery
Whisky or Whiskey
Insider knowledge: Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1989 Black Art whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1989 Black Art whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Black Art Bottling Note
The second release of Bruichladdich's Black Art whisky 'Matured in the Stygian* darkness of Warehouse number 12'. *relating to the river Styx. (no? us neither. We reckon someone's been at an online thesaurus). Bloody good whisky though.
Definitely better than....
Stunned - but not as stunned as I hoped....
Over the top.........
Top Dram this year at the Feis Isle for me at least. Came home loaded with bottles and a groaning credit card. Having tasted my way around every Islay Distillery - and the blessed addition of Jura to that list. Loved the smoky, peaty intensity of the Ardbeg/Lagavulin/Laphoraig triumvirate. And was wowwed by the HUGE peat of the Octomore. Fell in love all over again, without missing the peat, at Kilchoman. Delighted in them all really. But then the Black Art evaporated on my pallet. Huge intense warmth and an instant feeling of well being. I agree, not the best Bruichladdich. But until Jim can produce another 'Infinity' this will do nicely for me :-)
31st July 2013
Opened my bottle of Black Art to celebrate the birth of my son last week and was thrilled. Amazing notes of caramel, almond, sherry and a wicked sea salt tang on the finish! Worth every penny Jim!
31st January 2013
The Rocks. Black Art is a very enjoyable whisky but for the price?
19th December 2012
Agree with above
I fathom to guess...
Not the best laddie but a very interesting iteration of the laddie formula, bruichladdich has allways been a distillery doing stuff slightly different, and this doesn't dissapoint, different (in a very positive way) the finnish is particularly enticing, think bruichladdich has got their mojo going when it comes to wine cask finnishes. Btw to the first comment: Yes! because Ardbeg doesnt dwell in marketing at all hmm? get real plz
15th November 2012
the first reviewer has never actually tried this whisky. I am a huge fan of smokey Islays... Indeed I love them! But I am open-minded enough to know a good dram when I taste one. This is one, marketing enthusiasm aside. What you nose finishes completely different. I love that about this bottle and the Laddie in general. Keep up the good work Mr Jim. And don't listen to the snobby nay-sayers.
21st November 2011
My wife was put off whisky 30 years ago after trying some blended whisky. The warming rich flavour of this remarkable whisky is now costing me a lot of money. The smooth rich wine finish stays on the pallet and the flavour lingers for a while. You can almost "chew it" she said. Keep up the good work but make it a bit cheaper please
26th September 2011
One of the most exciting whisky releases this year. There is so much to explore...
The other rating must be biased on smoky whisky, which has nothing to do with this wonderful dram.
14th June 2011
Has there ever been a harder working team than the Marketing Dept at Laddie? They do come up with reams and reams of designs, scripts and piffle. I'm afraid the only Black Art being practised over the water from Bowmore is Manic Marketing. Thank goodness for all the true Islay Distilleries!