When in conversation about no-age-statement (NAS) whiskies, Bruichladdich always comes up. It is one of the distilleries, in my mind, that has pumped out the most NAS whiskies. This has certainly infuriated many purists, so when I saw this Bruichladdich Black Arts 4.1 listed on the whisky menu I was certainly skeptical about trying it. So much so that I didn’t order it, but my boyfriend did, needless to say, I knew I would get a chance to try it.
It is aged for 23 years, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2013 by master distiller Jim McEwan. Age is certainly stated in this one. Aside from the casks used, American and French oak, there isn’t much more known about the process of this whisky. That has been kept a secret and has been guarded by the distillery. Even though Bruichladdich has definitely pumped out many NAS whiskies, this Black Arts 4.1 was certainly surprising, in a very good way.
Two things you need to know about this whisky right off the bat, 1. It’s expensive! In most places that I saw it advertise the bottles appeared to be sold out and in other places it ranged from 174-194 pounds. And 2. It’s pretty darn tasty! I really enjoyed it. Compared to other Bruichladdich products I have had this one was certainly unique and yes, I think worth tasting.
Nose: grapes, citrus and honey
Palate: chocolate, fruit, cinnamon and sugar
Finish: smooth sweet fruity finish
This whisky is balanced. It is sweet, fruity and surprises you in all the right ways. It is smooth and extremely tasty. I am very glad it was something my boyfriend ordered or else I would have certainly missed out on trying it out. Bruichladdich has certainly delivered in this wonderful product. No matter what you think of them, this product is certainly worth tasting if you come across. I recommend trying whether!
PS – I will now be posting once a week. My posts will now post only on Monday’s.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.