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Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1990 - Black Art 4

(70cl, 49.2%)

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1990 - Black Art 4

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Bruichladdich Black Art 4 Bottling Note

The fourth release of the legendary Bruichladdich Black Art whisky. With the recipe a mystery to everyone apart from the creator, it's still a cryptic enigma.

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Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1990 - Black Art 4 Reviews

Somewhere deep in there is some Port casks and some seriously sharp notes on the nose

The nose alone was worth the price of the bottle.

Looking forward to several different ways to enjoy.

10th November 2019


This is a truly special whisky. It is a pricey one (if you can even find it now), but it really does justify the cost. It's one to really take your time with, as it changes so much with time in the glass. Can't recommend it enough.

28th May 2018

flying off after one sip

as others wrote before me: no words. have a sip and dip into the skies. an experience.

14th May 2018

Discontinued SHAME !

Sorry it has been discontinued. Oh well lots more to try. A great dram.

4th March 2018


Wow just had this today (bought a bottle a few days ago) and it's simply amazing. Not an everyday dram but I would if I had endless cash. Complex, no heat at 49.2%ABV, just tons of Flavors to pick out. An unpeated Islay that's disguised as a Highland malt. 23 years old and drinks vibrant and fresh yet has maturity in mouthfeel, finish and complexity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Worth it if you can live without the $350

4th March 2018

The Best Whisky ever created.

This is Ambrosia. This is what the gods drink. I became a new man after this dram. There are truly no words to describe this.

24th February 2018

Just don't add ice

THE best... THE BEST out there. At least one of THE BEST.

Six stars out of five.

9th November 2017

Simply Scotlands finest - thank you Jim.

Simply the finest malt I have had the pleasure to drink. Enjoyed a bottle of the 3.1, deeply sad when it ended. Helped Bruichladdich out by consuming a good few drams of the 4.1 at a London masterclass - shame to leave the bottle still with content. I was content to help another guest polish off the last 25%. The 5.1 is also very, very good. All the expressions of Black Art are deeply complex, smooth and layer after layer of sensual pleasure on the tongue. A small 20cl bottle of 5.1 from an understanding wife to drink on my 60th birthday.

And have now found two on-line retailers in Scotland with 4.1 at a penny off £200. Could I resist. No, of course not.

To the doubters with their negative reviews below..... I note you all add the 's' to make it arts and talk in dollars. Hmmmm. Does that mean something? Probably not. Please send excess stocks back to the UK marked for my attention!

PS I forgot to say - I like this :-)

22nd June 2017

Take it seriously

It's Black Art.
Not Black Arts.
If you can't get the name right, can you honestly expect anyone to take anything else you say about it seriously?

3rd May 2017

Not worth the money period!

Had this at the bar before I decided to buy it and in one man's opinion its not worth the expense.
Now I had this with two other whiskys that were $179 - $339 and used water between the testing. I like big flavors and Black Arts doesn't deliver. I don't work for anyone in the industry this is just my own experience. The Kavalan Soloist Vhino & Fino Sherry were better hands down...

The price point I this falls into is $159 - $180 tops. I can and have found better above this point.

19th February 2017

Favourite Whisky so far. Spent 45minutes with it!

This beauty changes every 10mins, every 15mins it's like a different dram, and shows so many layers and sides, there's leather, wood varnish and musk, then sherry & rich fruits, and that earthy vegetal note that unpeated Bruichladdich has! Absolutely magnificent.

The guy that gave this half star probably added ice. #justsaying

20th December 2016


I have been drinking Scotch whisky for over 60 years and I have never tasted any better. I tried the Octomore 7.3 at the same Bruichladdich Master Class and it comes in a close second.

9th September 2016


Supremely complex and powerful.. yet at the same time delicate and earthy. Tried it in the black cat in Edinburgh. One of the best bang for buck i've had.

22nd August 2016


I was lucky to be able to taste this at a tasting or I never would have shelled out the $200. I'm glad I did or I would have miss out on this glorious elixir.

19th July 2016

Just fabulous

I don't understand the reviewer who gave this a half star. I drink a lot of aged sherried whiskies including the A'Bunadh, Bunnahabhain 18, Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso, Glendronachs. The Black Art knocked my socks off when I first tasted it and The shopkeeper gave it to me blind and asked me to guess the price. I said £200 and he said £199. I didn't hesitate. It's that good. I don't recall ever having a whisky this good before. It rewards careful study. A long and lovely evening awaits.

30th May 2016

On point

Delicious. Absolutely delicious.

29th February 2016

I don't think so...

I purchased a bottle of Bruichladdich, Black Arts, last week and thought I would forward my thoughts for the next sucker, I mean customer, who is looking for something really special.

“Black Arts” tastes exactly the same as the Bruichladdich 10yr I bought a few years ago, for $65. I suspect it is, in-fact, the very same bottle, with a different label. There is some pretty good scotch out there for this price point, and people would be well served, who are willing to spill this kind of cash, to spend it on some other brand. It’s descent scotch, but for the price, I will forever feel like a fool every time I take a sip of it. I have 4 other bottles which are far superior, that cost nearly half the price. The only thing unique about this bottle is the descriptor on the Bruichladdich website, which waxes poetically about every tasting note under the sun, completely unrelated to the actual product. I am very disappointed to say the least…

15th December 2015


Wonderful..... For this price range it far exceeds the competitors. Its the best bottle in my cabinet for sure.

4th December 2015


Amazing, amazing and amazing. The very first touch on your tongue will make everything clear. Worth every penny.

25th August 2015


The price is high and worth it for those who can. Those who can't, enjoy the Wild Turkey!

20th March 2015

Yes and Yes

Buy this and when you're drinking it you won't be worrying about the price. It's one of the best scotches on the market right now, and with its unknown process it makes it worth the money. Sweet, deep, and like nothing I've ever had before. This is a dram you sip and think about. An hour long dram meant to be savored. A true masterpiece. If you have the money, pull the trigger.

4th July 2014


The incredibly inflated price is already being discounted. (I'm sure that was closer to $200 last I looked). I love you Brichladdich, but please resist the urge to drink your own cool-ad.

14th March 2014


The price went up by a 100? That's corporate ownership for you.

12th September 2013

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