“Just before Master Distiller Jim McEwan retired in 2015 he took me to one side and handed me his recipe for the next iteration, Black Art 5. It was an emotional moment, the handing over of responsibility of one of the greatest drams we’ve ever created. I have to say I took the recipe from Jim’s hand and dutifully ignored it. This had to be my Black Art.” – Adam Hannett, Head Distiller
Adam Hannett has risen through the ranks and now guards the closely guarded secrets of the of the Hebridean distillery of Bruichladdich.
Bruichladdich Black Art 5 is an an unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky that is just a mystery to behold. Even looking at the bottle I feel as thou something deadly has been sacrificed in order for it to just be standing there in my presence.
On the nose, you find damson, mango, pineapple, melon strawberry, plum and apricot.
The quality is quoted as a velvet sensually caressing the tongue which is quite the 50 Shades of Grey way of describing a scotch.
Bottled at a cask strength of 48.4%, Bruichladdich Black Art 5 is priced at £265 on site but can be picked up for around £200 at other retailers.