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Bruichladdich 1989 Black Art 19 Year Old

Wine Whisky? Whisky Wine?

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

7th Jun 2010


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This Bruichladdich is something of an enigma. It has matured on oak ex bourbon barrels before having been finished on an ‘assortment of wine barrels’ from Bruichladdich’s warehouse number 12. The enigmatic black packaging did not reveal the contents until I poured it. What the hell? This looks more like a rosé wine than whisky! This is simply… pink!

The first thing I smelled was the red wine – very much so – and that was somewhat weird. Almost a let-down. I do smell sweet stuff like strawberries and grapes, but also sour elements such as wine vinegar. In my eyes (err… nose) this is too much wine and not enough whisky. Even after a few minutes, the sourness is dominant.

After a rich attack (almost all of it red fruits), this one becomes very delicate and generous. It warms the mouth complete and has no need for water, despite the higher ABV. It’s even a little bit too sweet to my taste. Is that cassis syrup? But pretty darn good, nonetheless.

The finish is warm and very long indeed, but too winey to my taste.

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LeFrog commented

Love the packaging for this bottle. Bruichladdich are certainly a prolific brand!

12 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

After tasting 3 expressions, I am becoming more intriqued by Bruichladdich's memorable and distinctive creations. Seems like they really let you know where the malt was matured. Similar to Black Art's wininess, the Links K-Club 14-year has a strong bourbon influence.

12 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

It's not difficult to make a whisky taste like wine. The difficult part is to know when to stop - over-influence is commonly found among wine finishes.

12 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

You thinking of the Malts of Scotland Auchentoshan Montrose Wine Finish again, WN? :-)

12 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

Excellent example Mark! Most Edradours and Arrans are also over-finished imo.

12 years ago 0

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