[48.4%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles]
Somewhat of a damp setting, thick cream and salted caramel sauce with a slight suggestion of matchsticks. Suspected wine cask influenced mushed berries seasoned with some salt and pepper as it later on grows maltier.
Palate & Finish:
Figs, blackberries and aged strawberry preserve, a highly curated profile from the alleged usage of wine casks without being particularly exciting, stickily sweet with some kick to it.
Earthy and rather drying, with the tannins causing just a slight scene.
I remember having an early batch Black Arts 4 to 5 years ago that I thought was pretty attractive; I am afraid since then the series hasn’t really captured my imagination. The 05.1 is fine I suppose, not particularly memorable though.
I am not sure if Laddie Black Arts is still a thing for lads and lasses but I think Mr. Hannett may be better off creating something revolutionary.
✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]