The seventh series of Bruichladdich's Black Art series, which is made up of a secret cask combination.
Edition 7.1 is a 25-year-old made up of whisky distilled in 1994, the last year before Bruichladdich mothballed production in early 1995. (They would distil in small batches towards the end of the decade before firing up again in the 2000s).
The Black Arts series are ofen seen as a pinnacle of the Bruichladdich range, highlighted by complexity and a plethora of cask types. Unpeated, this was bottled at 48.4% with 12,000 bottles worldwide.
Nose: Unbelievable complexity, each cask that has played a role in maturing this whisky has a presence, the aromas lift from the glass in an almost orderly procession. First a rich marzipan, then walnut, crème caramel, turkish delight, hints of strawberry, violet, and coconut. There is a heavy fruit style with plum, poached pears, raisin and grapefruit and after opening further wood spice, nutmeg, toasted oak, roasted coffee beans, and muscovado sugar. An absolute delight to nose and discover the depth of flavour.
Palate: A little sharpness is a nod to the strength but quickly the satin texture covers the palate to give a viscous, round mouthfeel. The oak’s power and poise give a hint of dryness but also waves of coconut, Turkish delight, soft caramel, and spiced orange. The layers of oak and fruit that come through softly melt into one another; each sip brings a new level of discovery within this most complex of assemblages. While on the palate there appears less complexity than on the nose, an important balance, texture, and defined style serves to highlight the aromatic aspect of this whisky.
Finish: It seems that this whisky will go on forever, the incredible viscous texture of this whisky extends the finish and it lingers on the palate. Roasted nuts, then tropical fruit, baked pineapple, and butterscotch give a sweetness that is sure to be remembered.
- Single Malt