Bruichladdich Black Art
Bruichladdich Black Art is Whiskey master Jim McEwan’s personal exploration of the mystical interplay between spirit and wood. Using the very best of American and French oak barrels, Black Art is truly a masterpiece of the unknown.
The nose fills with crystalised grapes, honey, lemon and lime. In the mouth, chocolate and coconut, tangerine and papaya. The finish is grilled peach and apricot, sprinkled with Demerara sugar – nothing short of exceptional.
Bruichladdich was built by 3 brothers, William, John and Robert Harvey on the shores of Loch Indaal, Islay, in 1881. The distillery was successfully run by William until his death in 1936, after which it changed hands many times.
Coming close to closure in 1994, it was rescued by and independent consortium in 2000, and restored to its former glory. The classic Victorian distilling equipment designed by John and built by Robert Harvey in 1881 was retained in the new distillery.
Distillation at Bruichladdich is still done using the original equipment and artisan skills, with no computerisation or modern equipment used. The famous Jim McEwan, was appointed as master distiller in 2000, and was the driving force behind Bruichladdich’s “Progressive Hebridian Distillers” philosophy and subsequent success.