Nose: Unbelievable complexity, each cask that has played a role in maturing this whisky has a presence, the aromas lift from the glass almost in orderly procession. First a rich marzipan then walnut, Crème caramel, turkish delight, hints of strawberry, violet and coconut. There is a heavy fruit style with plum, poached pears, raisin and grapefruit and after opening further wood spice, nutmeg, toasted oak, roasted coffee beans and muscovado sugar. An absolute delight to nose and discover the depth of flavour.
Palate: A little sharpness is a nod to the strength but quickly the satin texture covers the palate to give a viscous, round mouth-feel. The oak’s power and poise gives a hint of dryness but also waves of coconut, rturkish delight, soft caramel and spiced orange. The layers of oak and fruit that come through softly melt into one another, each sip brings a new level of discovery within this most complex of assemblages. While on the palate there appears less complexity than on the nose, I think you find an important balance, texture and defined style that serves to highlight the aromatic aspect of this whisky.
Finish: It seems that this whisky will go on forever, the incredible viscous texture of this whisky extends the finish and it lingers on the palate. Roasted nuts, then tropical fruit, baked pineapple and butterscotch give a sweetness that is sure to be remembered.
Mood: As ever the mystery of its creation serves to intrigue. Black Art 07.1 is a moment to reflect on the past and to welcome the possibilities of the future.