Volume : 700ml , ABV : 48.4%
Bruichladdich Black Art Edition 07.1 was distilled in 1994, the year that the distillery closed for what could have been the final time. Matured entirely on Islay for 25 years in a selection of casks, the exact composition of which is only known to Head Distiller Adam Hannett, this expression is the seventh release in the Black Art series and the third to be created by Hannett. Only 8,500 individually numbered bottles have been produced, free from chill filtration and colouring at a strength of 48.4% abv.
Nose: aromatic but also delicately layered, with hints of raspberry jam, violets, blood oranges and poached pears. Rosewater lokum. Walnuts, a little vanilla cake, whiffs of sour chutney and juicy berries. Moist tobacco leaves. There’s a slightly winey / brandy-like touch, but overall it offers lots of fun.
Mouth: dark and spicy. I get blackberries, cherries and citrus, as well as honey and firmly bitter herbal tea, or even hints of vermouth or Fernet Branca. Cassia bark. Toasted oak, cinnamon, orange peel. Hints of salted lemons and liquorice roots.
Finish: quite long, oaky, with leathery notes, salted nuts and a coastal edge.