Man at His Best

Unravel The Intoxicating Sorcery Behind Bruichladdich's Black Art 5

A fascinating whisky concoction.

BY Zul Andra | May 12, 2017 | Food & Drink

With only 12,000 bottles around the world, Bruichladdich’s fifth Black Art release is an alchemical wonder. It is rumoured that when Adam Hannett was settling in his Head Distiller role at Bruichladdich, his predecessor, and recently retired icon of the whisky world, Jim McEwan, slipped him a note with the recipe for the fifth Black Art. Hannett promptly chuck it away. To McEwan, he has passed the final test. In the days that follow, Hannett took flavours from various casks—a combination that remains a closely guarded secret—to produce a fruit note that teases mango and apricot dancing around an oak structure of vanilla and tobacco. A smooth finish that returns after a swig, the vintage 1992, 24-year-old non-peated Islay single malt whisky is an experience for the drinker as much as it was for Hannett himself.

With a limited number of individually numbered bottles around the world, the Black Art 5 is priced at SGD495 and is available at La Maison du Whisky.