Dram Review: Bruichladdich Black Arts 1992 Edition 05.1 24 Aged Years

[48.4%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles]

Nose:

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.

Thoughts:

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]

-Nicholas