This fourth incarnation of Black Art is as enigmatic as ever, with the composition of casks a mystery to all but its creator. Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan's ‘personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich’. The marriage of the spirit from casks has created a truly magical malt with an intense, honeyed nose with lemon and lime. On the palate it has a sleek texture that carries mellow flavours of chocolate and coconut, tangerine and papaya and a wonderful infusion of barley sugar with a pinch of cinnamon, aniseed and demerara sugar.
Black Art is the mysterious creation of Master Distiller Jim McEwan, who remains tight-lipped about the methods used and the proportion of American and French oak casks used. All we can say is that its waves of papaya, honey, demerara and coconut have left us equally speechless. Alter Ego: Ada from The Piano; sometimes, words are not enough and you have to communicate, instead, via the thing you know best. For Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich’s iconic Master Distiller, that is the ‘Black Art’ of whisky and we’ll ask no questions lest he puts a pox on our house.